Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 21:57:01 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: Two dismantling questions

in article, MeatballTurbo at wrote on 15/06/2003 19:48: > In article <>, > spouted forth into >> Carl, while you have the full dash off can you take some photos? >> > > Paul, I never got the dash off unfortunatley. > > I'm off for a week next week (from the 22nd), so I shall try to hunt > down a new transducer and cannister, and get brave in fitting it, and > have the full dash out. Good luck with it, mate. The Haynes details the full procedure, but it didn't make sense to me until I got the dash facia off (the bit with the air control vents). That's the complicated bit. Once that's off, just remove the central console bit from the gear stick forwards and three bolts is about as much resistance the car can put in your way. Make sure you do *everything* once it is out and test drive before putting it all back. It's an easy job the second time, but do take your time and label everything when pioneering ... and let us all know how many bits you had left over :) The heat controller is the worst bit to re-fit. Remove it from the facia only and when re-fitting, do not pull too hard or you will remove it from the inner part of the car. Pushing a foot long rod blindly into the dark recesses of the dash is not fun. Do make sure there are no children near, or you'll be teaching them some language they should not be aware of :) Remove the facia bolts carefully (the 4 vertical bolts) and do not pull hard if you meet resistance. Once you have the facia off, you'll appreciate how brittle the retaining holes/lug are and will have some respect when re-fitting. The one nearest the passenger seat (RH drive) is a pig to get back in if the ashtray assembly is not fully removed. Take photos and make some diagrams of what all the bits actually do. I would forward you scans of my diagrams, but I fear my writing and my synaptic sense of reality would make no sense whatsoever to you (my colleagues say I'm an awful documentation writer). I did find getting some sticky labels and drawing up a diagram with corresponding numbers to be a help. I had to do all this on a Sunday afternoon at the side of a main road, I wasn't too keen to spend that long documenting it all. Once you have some visual documentation, you'll be able to service most things without having to remove the lot. The air flues in the foot wells are quite flexile giving access to behind the lower dash (yoga is desirable though) and agile IT technican/engineer fingers will be able to access the bulbs through the upper DIN slot. Paul

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