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Re: how to remove center console faceplate?
After looking around the edges for small screws gently start prying around the edges at the corners first. the best option is to have your new cover plate in hand and u will see exactly where the snap clips are at and then you can "Gently" pry at those spots with a flat screwdriver to pop it off with
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Open glove compartment look straight up and you will see a screw . This hold in the faux wood trim panel. Remove this screw, move to the driver side and remove side panel of dash, you will see a black screw holding a steel bracket remove this screw. Pull the faux wood panel loose just enough to remove headlight switch
Hi 1. Remove the black trim panel holding the cruise control and sport mode buttons from around the shifter. There are 4 clips holding the panel on: upper left, lower left upper right and lower right. Be careful, they break easily. Remove the wires from the buttons. 2. There are two brackets holding the wood panel down, one on each side of the shifter. Remove the two screws holding down each bracket. Be sure you note the orientation of the brackets - it will make reinstallation easier. Lift off the wood trim panel. 3. Under the wood trim you just removed, there are four bolts fastening the console to the car. Remove them. 4. Open the console lid. Remove the two screws fastening the latch strike plate. Again, make note of the positioning of the latch plate for reinstallation 5. Remove any other screws retaining the console compartment. Lift out the compartment liner. Close the console lid. 6. At the rear of the console is a trim cover. It is held by two tension clips. Just pull it off. 7. There are two bolts under the rear trim cover - remove them. 8. Remove the console. 9. Remove the screws holding the radio in the dashboard and pull the radio forward. 10. Remove the antenna wire and wiring harness connectors from the back of the radio. 11. Unbolt the ground wire from the back of the radio.
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Remove roll top center box by removing screws. Remove all screw under flat areas and at end of wood. Pull up on shifter plastic surround. Lift wood off , switches will come with it and unplug from there connectors.
Remove center glove box if applicable, remove shifter ring from wood, remove center console wood (2 screws and pull up off the switches and pull out), remove ash tray (2 screws), pull face off of unit by reaching in tape deck area and pull, around the deck you should see a couple of plastic clips push on those and pull the unit out.
You must open the center console lid and remove the 2 Phillips head screws above the fuse station to expose the ashtray Phillips head screws.Remove the ashtray screws and carefully pull he ashtray back towards the center console. After the ashtray is removed take your hand an feel under the wood grain unit for the 2 plastic wing nuts holding the wood grain in place. Remove them and gently lift the wood grain up and out of the way. Remove the 4 Phillips head screws holding the AC controls and Radio bracket. Place the gear shifter in drive to pull the whole unit out. Sounds like a lot but takes about 10-15 mins to complete.
First you need to gently pry off the wood grain cover around the gear shift. Then you'll see the the two screws on either side at the bottom holding the faceplate around the radio. These should be the only two screws. Before I discovered this, I had tried to pry it off starting at the top. I found it was held on by plastic clips until I got to the very bottom, and said WTF? Then I found a picture, and said Oh duh :)
Looks like the flasher relay is in the hazard switch assembly. A couple of tabs hold the prettry faux wood decorative plate in. You edge these out from underneath with a couple of small screwdrivers. I found it easier to remove the radio/CD unit (but remember you need the 4-digit code to re-enliven it). My plate shot off along with the switch covers and ashtray cover. (I think I've found most of them). Next you edge out the hazard switch assembly from its bottom. The cheapest place to get a new $30 assembly was accessoriesgiant.com (probably made in Mexico, along with the $60 OEM part).
It's the switch. Put your fingers into the leather shifter boot at the base and feel under the rim to pop the outside ring that holds the faux wood trim at the base of the boot up and out. (The piece is faux wood on an LS2, it may just be colored plastic on an LS1) You may need to do this twice, on each side of the boot, so that the entire piece of trim and the boot pops up and out. The leather boot should still be connected to the trim, it will pop out as a unit. Once it is out, you can reach into the housing and feel the window switch unit from inside the housing. There is a spring clip on the upper and lower ends of the switch unit, press in the spring clip and pop it up one end at a time. The unit is now out but still attached to the power. I have never unclipped the wire harness but it looks easily doable. IF YOU ARE REMOVING THIS BECAUSE THE SWITCH IS STICKY you probably DON'T need a new switch - you can spray some contact cleaner in the ports at the side of the unit and underneath the switch, this will probably fix your problem, at least if you have ever spilled a soda anywhere near the switch.