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Old 11-07-2009, 06:11 AM   #81
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Question. Can you take out the fuse panel from the bottom? Or do I need to remove the top of the dash?
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:05 PM   #82
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This step required the battery to be disconnected and/or the right fuse pulled.

The Aircon control panel was taken out by pushing from its back on both sides.



Four sets of wires were plugged into the back of the panel. Each of these had a uniquely shaped connector and matching socket. So reconnecting them wrong would not be possible. I tied these wires together to remind myself they belonged together.



With the exception of the large connector, the other connectors could just be pulled out after pressing on the release tabs on their sides. The large connector had a special locking mechanism. This was when it was locked.



This was when it was unlocked.

Question. Does anyone know if there is a trim piece/storage compartment that fits into where the AC Heater controls are being removed from in these pics?

I'm thinking of moving my AC heater control down and installing a single DIN stereo with a "flip down LCD screen" where the factory stereo is.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:33 PM   #83
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I don't think so. You can get a blank piece for the radio.

You could a manual climate control piece and make a custom blank piece.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:04 AM   #84
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Great writeup! Thanks!! This is definitely valuable to anyone doing a dash removal.
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:46 PM   #85
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Kudos on the excellent documentation. I'm trying to run wires behind the dash to mold my radar's mute button
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:57 PM   #86
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Thank you for reviving this thread. And nice pink garages there, Nuts
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i wish i had the time and patience to do this
would be a huge learning experience for me but i'm always to scared to break anything so i leave it be even tho i'd rather save money and DIY
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Question. Does anyone know if there is a trim piece/storage compartment that fits into where the AC Heater controls are being removed from in these pics?

I'm thinking of moving my AC heater control down and installing a single DIN stereo with a "flip down LCD screen" where the factory stereo is.
if you check the DIN stereo related DIY's i believe there is a relocation kit you can get at the stealership
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Epic. This has just about convinced me to pay a local shop to replace my evaporator. A fantastic job, and a model for all DIY documentation.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:53 PM   #90
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thanks!

Bring out yer dead!

Just registered to say THANKS for such a comprehensive and detailed write-up. Same goes for your well documented battle with the creaking seat. I've now begun my own crusade to eliminate at least the most nagging noises in the cabin. Mainly the manual seat adjustment mechanism, the rear horizontal vent right behind the back shelf and some yet to be identified location in dash, possibly where the A bat meets the dash. Also, some creaking noises used to originate in the driver's door and the arm rest, but these I've managed already.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know your hard work is much appreciated

BTW, how's your interior? Still quiet, or did you have to go back and over it again?
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WOW .... reading this thread almost feel like watching a movie... so intense...
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:31 AM   #92
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WOW .... reading this thread almost feel like watching a movie... so intense...
Ha, my car is still in bits but it's going back together and I'm very nervous.

My Carpets look better but I'd not do this again just to clean them!
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Old 10-27-2013, 06:07 PM   #93
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Great DIY.

I removed my dashboard for retrofitting automatic climate controls. I managed to get the job done (changing the IHKR to IHKA, mounting the solar and the AUC sensor and changing the climate controls to the digital ones) but when I tried to put back the dashboard cover, I didn't manage to allign it properly so now one side seems to be a little bit higher than the other and the middle vents doesn't seem "powerfull" enough.

So, the big question: how to properly mount (and allign) the dashboard cover?


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Old 11-05-2013, 05:36 PM   #94
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Most rattles and buzzes are resonances that come and go. To track them down you need to excite them. I have an Intravee in my car so I can play my iPod through the ICE. I've got a variety of test tones and sweeps (easily found on the internet) and playing these at reasonable volume sets off all manner of rattles. Most get set off between 80 and 140Hz. Much easier than trying to locate them whilst driving.

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