Please help... need to remove AC controls from dash

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Old 23 Sep 2004, 03:23 pm   #1 (permalink)
Brian
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Default Please help... need to remove AC controls from dash

Hi,

There is an annoying rattle inside my dashboard that the Toyota people either can't find or
don't want to trouble themselves with. I've brought it to them three times now, and still the
rattle persists.

Searching this group, I found a link to the following web site that explains how to remove
the stereo from the 2002-2003 Camry (http://www.carstereohelp.com/stereoremovalToyCamry4.htm).
I have a 2004, but the images look almost identical to the setup in my car.

Step 1 says to "Pry AC controls from dash releasing four clips. (This may take some
pressure.)" but I can't figure out for the life of me how to accomplish this. It doesn't
suggest any method for "prying" the panel off. Flat head screwdrivers come to mind, but with
my luck, that would turn out to be the "worst" solution.

Any suggestions?

TIA,
Brian


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Old 25 Sep 2004, 11:05 am   #2 (permalink)
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<Brian> wrote in message news:10l6c6lsmkpkc8a@corp.supernews.com...
> Hi,
>
> There is an annoying rattle inside my dashboard that the Toyota people

either can't find or
> don't want to trouble themselves with. I've brought it to them three

times now, and still the
> rattle persists.
>
> Searching this group, I found a link to the following web site that

explains how to remove
> the stereo from the 2002-2003 Camry

(http://www.carstereohelp.com/stereoremovalToyCamry4.htm).
> I have a 2004, but the images look almost identical to the setup in my

car.
>
> Step 1 says to "Pry AC controls from dash releasing four clips. (This may

take some
> pressure.)" but I can't figure out for the life of me how to accomplish

this. It doesn't
> suggest any method for "prying" the panel off. Flat head screwdrivers

come to mind, but with
> my luck, that would turn out to be the "worst" solution.
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> TIA,
> Brian


Try using a thin blade paint-scaper to pry the surround off. These are cheap
(a couple of $) and come in narrow widths. A 1 1/2" wide would be ideal.
Screwdriver blades are too narrow and are more likely to cause damage.

In older cars, they used to use lots of philip-head screws to hold dash's
together,...today everything is a 'snap on' and then to remove,..lever-
snap-break-falloff'

;- )

Jason

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Old 25 Sep 2004, 12:27 pm   #3 (permalink)
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At WALLY WORLD, ( that's Wal-Mart for those who don;t already know
this) they sell, a set of pick tools in the area near the paint dept
at my local store, they are what I use daily to take off trim panels
in almost every kind of car I work on. Anything that says "pry" will
come off using the pick tool that is bent at a 90 degree angle. All of
the picks have sharp points, and can be inserted without damage . the
pick itself is very thin gauge and usually strong enough to do the
job. There are four pick tools in the package, the price is roughly
four dollars ( in Dallas, Texas area) one is bent at a 90 degree, one
is straight, on has a dental pick shape to it with several bends, that
make it useful for many things that don't require a very strong tool
( such as removing "o" rings and small rubber washers and such) the
fourth one is what I call the "shepherds staff" it is about a three
quarter round loop with the pointed end,........hooks onto small
objects that have been dropped beyond the typical finger reac. Usually
best if whatever it is has a "handle" to pick it up with.

It's worth every penny to own them, and if you know where they are
when you need them it's a huge plus. A great toolbox item.




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Old 26 Sep 2004, 01:31 am   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Please help... need to remove AC controls from dash

Thanks for the tips. When attempting to pry the AC panel off, I obviously want to be careful
not to break the clips. Are the clips easy to break? I would hope not. Basically, I'm
trying to get an idea as to how much force to exert here. Do you insert the pick in (or near)
the corners of the panel and pull straight out?

I'm at the point where I don't want to lose yet another day's use of my car while the Toyota
people "work" on the problem, but I don't want to mess the panel up either.

Oh, and yes we refer to Wal-Mart as WALLY WORLD here in Alabama, too.

Thanks,
Brian


> At WALLY WORLD, ( that's Wal-Mart for those who don;t already know
> this) they sell, a set of pick tools in the area near the paint dept
> at my local store, they are what I use daily to take off trim panels
> in almost every kind of car I work on. Anything that says "pry" will
> come off using the pick tool that is bent at a 90 degree angle. All of
> the picks have sharp points, and can be inserted without damage . the
> pick itself is very thin gauge and usually strong enough to do the
> job. There are four pick tools in the package, the price is roughly
> four dollars ( in Dallas, Texas area) one is bent at a 90 degree, one
> is straight, on has a dental pick shape to it with several bends, that
> make it useful for many things that don't require a very strong tool
> ( such as removing "o" rings and small rubber washers and such) the
> fourth one is what I call the "shepherds staff" it is about a three
> quarter round loop with the pointed end,........hooks onto small
> objects that have been dropped beyond the typical finger reac. Usually
> best if whatever it is has a "handle" to pick it up with.


> It's worth every penny to own them, and if you know where they are
> when you need them it's a huge plus. A great toolbox item.



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Old 26 Sep 2004, 09:56 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Insert the pick tool about a half inch below the top edge of the AC
control (either side), and rotate the pick tool to make the pick lock
in behind the trim piece. It should only take a quarter turn. From the
"how to" page you posted the picture where he has popped the piece
loose already has some clip pieces at the top of the ac controls, one
on each side. They appear to be about a half inch long or so. You will
be trying to turn the pick tool to the area beneath the clip, but to
the side...........it should take a fair amount of effort to get the
control panel loose. However, It should not break on a 2004 model
unless it's extremely cold in Alabama this week. New plastics are very
strong, cold plastics are very brittle. Old plastics can be any
variety in between...................Yank pretty hard Dood.

Good luck.




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Old 26 Sep 2004, 11:02 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Cold in Alabama? in September??? ROFL

Seriously, though. Thanks for the advise. I'm fairly sure that I am following you. I was
thinking of attacking the problem from the area between the AC and radio panels, but from
what
I gather, you suggest inserting the pick from the sides of the AC panel slightly underneath
where the clips are. Is this correct? Sorry to be so inquisitive, but I like to do things
right the first time.

Thanks,
Brian

> Insert the pick tool about a half inch below the top edge of the AC
> control (either side), and rotate the pick tool to make the pick lock
> in behind the trim piece. It should only take a quarter turn. From the
> "how to" page you posted the picture where he has popped the piece
> loose already has some clip pieces at the top of the ac controls, one
> on each side. They appear to be about a half inch long or so. You will
> be trying to turn the pick tool to the area beneath the clip, but to
> the side...........it should take a fair amount of effort to get the
> control panel loose. However, It should not break on a 2004 model
> unless it's extremely cold in Alabama this week. New plastics are very
> strong, cold plastics are very brittle. Old plastics can be any
> variety in between...................Yank pretty hard Dood.


> Good luck.





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Old 27 Sep 2004, 08:09 pm   #7 (permalink)
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>Seriously, though. Thanks for the advise. I'm fairly sure that I am following you. I was
>thinking of attacking the problem from the area between the AC and radio panels, but from
>what
>I gather, you suggest inserting the pick from the sides of the AC panel slightly underneath
>where the clips are. Is this correct? Sorry to be so inquisitive, but I like to do things
>right the first time.


You have the right Idea...............The Dash is padded around the
outside edges, and may "bend" a little, but will return to its
orifginal shape...............if you start between two hard plastics,
one of them has to give, and that means it will leave permanent
damage.

Good questions, and I am pretty certain you will have success.




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