Hi, I need to replace the interior center bezel, it has 2 cracks in it. How do I go about removing it without damaging the instrument panel. Is it held down just by retaining clips or are there screws that needs to come out too?
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warning: disable the airbag system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait two minutes for the airbag system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. this is the only sure way to disable the airbag system. failure to take the proper precautions could result in an accidental airbag deployment and possible personal injury or death.
note: single zone a/c-heater control shown. dual zone similar.
disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
There is probably a small indent in the lens that you can insert a small flat screwdriver into and carefully wiggle it around to disengage the plastic lens from the bezel, be careful, the plastic cracks VERY EASILY. then you can access the bulb
Remove mirror mount cover assembly.
Remove inside door handle cup (22634).
Remove door lock control bezel.
Remove window control bezel.
Remove interior lamp lens.
Remove screw from interior lamp assembly body.
Remove screw from window control bezel opening.
Disconnect mirror, lock switches and memory seat on driver side from bezels and wire harness.
Disconnect window switches from window bezel and wire harness.
Lift front door trim panel (23942) vertically, out of weatherstrip and over lock rod.
Disconnect interior lamp (13776) from wire harness.
Remove front and rear door trim retention hooks into door inner panel.
To install, reverse Removal procedure, paying special attention when inserting inner door trim into weatherstrip. Rock inner door trim into weatherstrip and push downward until lower trim belt character ditch lines up with score mark on inner door panel.
Below are the removal procedures for your vehicle's front inner door panel.
On models without power windows, remove the snap ring retaining window crank handle. Remove crank handle and cover plate. Remove lower door frame bracket garnish. Using a screwdriver, remove inside door handle bezel. Remove power mirror control switch and disconnect harness connector. Remove armrest panel. Remove 6 screws. Pry interior door panel loose from door.
Very easy to remove: You insert a small flat blade screwdriver into the small slot, an pry it open. The plastic is rather strong; if you pry on the center of the slot, it will not break. Hope this helps.