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2005 Cadillac STS Ashtry will not open

Just bought the car. Any advice on how to get the ashtray open? I do not smoke so don't really need it. I don't want to pry it open in case it breaks and then may not close.

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Some of these models you just have to push on the lid and they come open.One of those push to open and push to close.Hope this helps.Good luck.

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