Remove the ashtray. Under there you will find 2 screws that hold a metal colored bracket. Remove the metal bracket. Now the wood trim can be removed. IMPORTANT. When you remove the wood trim you slide it towards the rear of the car about 1 inch. There is a pin in the back trim piece that you don't want to break. As I said you slide the whole wood trim towards the rear and then raise the rear upward and the whole assembly will come out. The switch wires will still be attached. You can raise the trim about 2-3 inches and then reach under the unit and disconnect the switch plugs and lirror adjusting plug. they will stay in their realative position and you cannot install them incorectly due to pin position.
Now clean up all the junk that has collected in there over the last 20 years.
Additionally having the ashtray removed allows you to remove the coin tray in front of the wood trim.
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Last edited by dmorrison; 08-30-2003 at 01:58 PM.