I WOULD TRY TO LOOK UNDER THE DASH TO SEE IF THERE IS A BRACKET ATTACHED TO HELP SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF THE RADIO IT MIGHT HAVE TO BE LOOSENED OR MIGHT HAVE TO TAKE SCREW ALL THE WAY OUT YES THOSE CLIPS MIGHT BE HOLDING IT BUT MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT HOLDING THE DASH DOWN BEFORE YOU TRY TO REMOVE THEM IF THIS IS HELPFULL PLEASE GIVE ME A GREAT RATING THANKS PJDADJ
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Remove the steering column upper trim cover to accesse the lower screws to the instrument panel cluster trim plate.
Remove the upper screws from the instrument panel cluster trim plate. Remove the instrument panel cluster trim plate from the instrument panel.
1. Disconnect battery 2. Disable Supplemental Restraint System (Airbags) 3. Remove traction control switch from rear of center console plate 4. Open console lid and remove screws at front of console 5. Pull console plate up to release clips and slide over shifter 6. Pull rearward to release clips retaining instrument panel accessory trim plate to instrument panel 7. Remove screws attaching radio to instrument panel 8. Disconnect electrical connectors and remove radio 9. Take down instrument panel hush panels and disconnect courtesy lights. Remove hush panels 10. Remove knee bolster and knee bolster bracket from driver's side below steering column 11. Remove screws from IPC trim plate 12. Pull out instrument panel cluster trim plate to release from retainers 13. Remove trip odometer and reset switch from IPC trim plate 14. Remove IPC trim plate 15. Remove screws from IPC and pull IPC out 16. Disconnect electrical connectors from IPC and remove IPC from the instrument panel 17. Disconnect ignition switch connectors 18. Turn ignition switch to the ACC position and remove park lock cable from ignition switch 19. Turn ignition switch to ON position 20. Depress and hold locking tab on right side of ignition switch with a small, flat-bladed screwdriver and pull ignition lock cylinder from ignition switch 21. Remove ignition switch bezel from ignition lock cylinder 22. Remove screws attaching ignition switch to bracket 23. Remove ignition switch through the IPC opening 24. To install, reverse procedure
Section 01-05: Trim, Interior
1998 Windstar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Procedure revision date: 01/22/1999
Trim Panel, Door
Remove door latch cover by prying from top edge and pulling trim free of retaining clips and sliding trim away from latch.
Remove portion of armrest containing door lock switch and window regulator control switch (14529) by pulling straight up.
Remove rear view outside mirror mounting hole cover assembly by prying at top and pulling upward to release double-sided clip.
Front Door Trim Panel
Screw (1 Req'd), Right Door
Screw (1 Req'd), Left Door
Radio Speaker Grille Name Plate
Screw (1 Req'd)
Cover Assembly Rear View Outside Mirror Mounting Hole
Remove screw attaching front door trim panel (23942) to front door (20124) under switch plate.
Remove two screws located at bottom of front door trim panel.
Disconnect the door lock switch (14028) and window regulator control switch electrical connectors.
Remove door window regulator handle if equipped by unsnapping and pivoting away the handle cover from base to expose retaining screw. Remove screw from the door window regulator handle.
Pull front door trim panel from the top to release hooks from front door .
Remove front door trim panel.
Replace any bent or damaged fasteners.
Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
Body Side Removal
Remove door handle retaining clip by sliding a shop towel between handle and door trim. With tension on the cloth, pull one end of the cloth so it slides between the handle and the door trim. If handle does not come out, reverse direction.
Unfasten 13 christmas tree fasteners using double-acting spring-loaded trim removal tool and pull body side trim panel from body side door.
Remove forward and rearward mating sections from under window trim.
Replace all christmas tree fasteners.
Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
For installation of handle, install clip to handle, then push handle onto shaft to snap in place.
Disconnect rear window defroster wires.
Remove the liftgate window garnish moulding as described.
Remove screws attaching liftgate handle to liftgate and liftgate inside trim panel.
Using Rotunda Windshield and Moulding Trim Removal Kit 107-R0401 or equivalent, pry pushpins retaining liftgate trim from the liftgate.
If I've understood u correctly follow the wire from the fan to the switch which is usually mounted on or by the thermostat housing. Remove the coolant cap to releive the pressure. Remove the plug from the switch & Use a wrench to remove it but have the replacement one ready to install (thread sealer etc) & prepare for some coolant loss. put in the new one & tighten it snug but not over tighten. Plug it back in & u should be good to go
The trim is held in by sprung clips. Pry gently at the edge/corner with a small screwdriver until you can get your fingers behind it. Pull straight out. Here are instructions from autozone.com:
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Radio Control Assembly
Disconenct the negative battery cable.
Remvoe the shift lever knob.
Remove the console trim plate.
Remvoe the center air duct.
Remove the instrument panel accessory trim plate.
Unfasten the upper right corner console right hand trim pad-to-carrier screw.
Unfasten the bolts/screws securing the radio control assembly. Pull the radio partially for access to the electrical connectors, then unplug the connectors and remove the radio control assembly from the vehicle.
See Figure 1
Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the radio control assembly
Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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.
Reinstall in reverse order.
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This is not hard but tricky because the trim plate around the radio has clips that hold the trim plate very tight.Use a plastic type flat tool or flat screw driver wraped with tape or a shop rag to avoid damage to the plastic trim and pry the trim panel around the radio loose. remove all elec connectors.Then remove the screws that hold the radio in place and remove all elec connectors.
First remove the selector trim panel for the Auto tranny or gear shift and boot trim panel for a manual tranny. remove the cigarette lighter assembly and disconnect the connector. remove the 2 radio mounting screws. You need the insert two radio removal tools T87p-19061 or equivalent into the face plate holes until you feel the tension of the holding clips. If this is the first tome removing the radio, the flashing of the bezel facing has to be broke. This may require extra force. flex outward on both sides of the radio simutaneously and pull the radio out using the tools as handles. Then dissconnect the electrical connectors. Hope this helps.