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Old 03 Feb 2013, 07:51 pm
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Default removing the center dash bezel

i first tried to do that about a year ago and failed. the best reference picture i've found since then is the 3rd one at this thread 2006 PT Cruiser -Mac Mini - Page 2

today i just went there and pushed starting from the bottom. the bottom part came out very easily. there's a loud click when it detaches from the area under the radio.

and i think i can feel more latches then from what i see latch-holes in that 3rd pic mentioned above... but i may be wrong.

I tought i was just going to keep pulling from the bottom up to removing it on the top, but at the area in line with the top of the radio, it just wont bulge. at all.

just got blood under two nails and broke 3 plastic tabs while trying to use force. This is the best i could do:



Here's the bottom part, which i just pulled very easily:


and here's the part in line with the top of the radio... the damn thing won't move:


where am i being dumb here?
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Old 03 Feb 2013, 07:54 pm
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Default Re: removing the center dash bezel

LOL. ended up finding a post from me... from october... linking to this: Chrysler PT Cruiser 07 Stereo Removal Instructions / Sound Repair

i forgot two hidden screws. ...moron.
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Old 03 Feb 2013, 07:57 pm
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Default Re: removing the center dash bezel

Ah yes, the secret of the center bezel.......

In the air vents!!! Turn them so they are horizontal, look inside the bottom and you will see a channel that uncovers a phillips screw on the bottom of each vent. If you don't see a channel, turn that vent 180 degrees and there it will be.

Be careful not to lose a screw down the vent!
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Default Re: removing the center dash bezel

i see you got it before i posted.
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Old 03 Feb 2013, 08:23 pm
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Default Re: removing the center dash bezel

It's a very ill-designed panel. pretty much everything but the radio is attached to the bezel. awfull. I gave up on removing it entirelly and just used a mini ratchet for 1/4 bits and unscrewed the button row that i needed. removing the cables for the air system would have been a pain.
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