99 Camry - Lost Cellphone

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Old 22 May 2006, 02:27 pm   #1 (permalink)
Rajeev Madan
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I have had an interesting way to lose my cellphone. I am not sure if I can
explain it very well but let me try.

I have a 99' Toyota Camry that I bought about 4 years back. There was an
empty space right next to where cigarette lighter is (under the A/C
controls). I believe there was a ash-tray there originally but that was
removed. Anyways, this space was there ever since I had the car. And it used
to be a nice small hiding place and I would keep my cellphone there at
times. I did not realize until yesterday and there was an empty space inside
this space to the right. And my cellphone slipped into this space. This is
where lot of wires in this space are and they perhaps connect to various
components. The cellphone is now lying there and I can't reach it. I know it
is there because I can call the number and it rings.

Now, I am thinking it is not worth the cost to take it to a mechanic who
would perhaps need to take the CD/cassete system out and perhaps something
else to reach the phone. I rather would buy a new cellphone and forget all
about this phone. My question is lying there could it possibly harm the
electrical system in anyway that I need to take it to a shop ?

Thanks
Rajeev


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Old 22 May 2006, 03:01 pm   #2 (permalink)
Travis Jordan
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Rajeev Madan wrote:
> Now, I am thinking it is not worth the cost to take it to a mechanic
> who would perhaps need to take the CD/cassete system out and perhaps
> something else to reach the phone.


Just get one of these at Sears, Home Depot or a local auto parts store
and you should be able to retrieve the phone:

http://www.tools-plus.com/ull16.html



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Old 22 May 2006, 06:24 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I believe the trim panel around your radio and ac controls is only clipped
in. Try prying gently around the edges with a flat head screw driver to
remove it. If you can't get to it, I can't imagine a technician charging
you much to retrieve it. It shouldn't take more than a few minutes.

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Old 22 May 2006, 08:06 pm   #4 (permalink)
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In article <1148325827.373254@sj-nntpcache-5>,
"Rajeev Madan" <rmadan@cisco.com> wrote:

> I have had an interesting way to lose my cellphone. I am not sure if I can
> explain it very well but let me try.
>
> I have a 99' Toyota Camry that I bought about 4 years back. There was an
> empty space right next to where cigarette lighter is (under the A/C
> controls). I believe there was a ash-tray there originally but that was
> removed. Anyways, this space was there ever since I had the car. And it used
> to be a nice small hiding place and I would keep my cellphone there at
> times. I did not realize until yesterday and there was an empty space inside
> this space to the right. And my cellphone slipped into this space. This is
> where lot of wires in this space are and they perhaps connect to various
> components. The cellphone is now lying there and I can't reach it. I know it
> is there because I can call the number and it rings.
>
> Now, I am thinking it is not worth the cost to take it to a mechanic who
> would perhaps need to take the CD/cassete system out and perhaps something
> else to reach the phone. I rather would buy a new cellphone and forget all
> about this phone. My question is lying there could it possibly harm the
> electrical system in anyway that I need to take it to a shop ?
>
> Thanks
> Rajeev


Been there, done that.

You can pop that "tray" right out of there. Just use steady, upward
pressure. It's quite easy.

That is indeed where the ashtray and cig lighter go if you have that
"option" installed.
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Old 23 May 2006, 09:21 am   #5 (permalink)
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Chopsticks.

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