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Old 03-05-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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How do you remove the Ashtray???

Can Anyone teach me how to remove the ashtray that is directly in front of the shifter?

I have searched for about 30 minutes and cant seem to find anything usefull. thanks!

Below is the picture of the tray Im trying to remove. thank you!
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Just a guess here, but when you open it, can you find a couple of screws in the bottom? That's how the one in the rear of the car comes out - plus you'll likely need to gently pull out the insert after you open the tray (the part where you'd ash out the cigarette).

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I believe you have to take off the shift knob, shift boot, then the central trim with window switches. after that, there should be two screws, right in front of where the front window switches were, on the bottom of the front of the ashtray. open the door to the ashtray and remove the actual tray that holds ashes and double-check to make sure there are no screws there. then the bottom of the trim should come out first, followed by the top.

but i could be wrong
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watch this:

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Old 03-07-2008, 08:50 AM   #6
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Are you trying just take out the ashtray or the whole assembly including the sunglass bin?

If you are taking out the whole assembly, there are 4 screws.

1. Remove the shifter and boot
2. Remove shifter trim by removing 2 screws along the bottom of the opening.
3. Remove the 2 screws along the bottom of the ashtray assembly.
4. Pull out sunglass holder. Push up on the top of the bin and the pull or pry.
5. Remove 2 screws along the top, you have to look up into the opening where the sunglass bin was to see them.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:13 AM   #7
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watch this:

very easy
Great video but he does not remove the ashtray only its interior. Still the question still stand. How do you totally remove the ashtray from the dash? It can't be that hard but you need to know how or have done it once.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:15 AM   #8
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Do you have any pics?
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sorry to bump this old thread but my gf recently scratched the **** out of the ashtray cover. I was deciding between CF wrapping it to match my trim, or to find another cover. but can anyone tell me how to take the actual door/cover off. thank you!
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I just took mine off the other day. I believe there is some kind of spring that has to be taken out. I am not planning on re-installing the cover, so I wasnt really worried about how I took it out. Are you planning on repairing it or just leaving it off?
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the door it's self doesn't really come off easily, you have to remove the whole unit, and then it can snap apart. you could just sand it down and leave it.
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