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Old 01-18-2009, 05:24 PM   #1
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Power top switch access

Can anyone tell me how to access the switch on my dash for the power top. I pushed it and it detached and is loose in behind the dash. Can it be accessed from the front or do you have to go in from behind? Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:02 AM   #2
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depending on what MY you have, you either have a one piece "horse shoe" surround or 3 individual pieces (2 wings on top of overall surround) of trim surrounding the center stack / radio / HVAC controls. In either case, the trim easily pries off so you can access what's behind it (i.e. your fallen switch).

Use a trim panel remover, small putty knife or butter knife from your kitchen and cover the business end w/ electrical tape to prevent scratching the trim. Pry up underneath the right hand corner of the trim piece. Apply even gentle but firm pressure to get the corner to release and then work your way up until it's all free. If you have the 3 piece, you'll just need to pop the wing. If you have the one piece horseshoe you'll need to work your way around and release the whole piece. Once it's out, you'll be able to access the back side and loose switch.

Here's a picture of a 3 panel trim surround:
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
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Thanks for your (concise) help. It only took a minute and nothing broke!!
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:50 AM   #4
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Hey BurgBoxster,

Is that a garage door hack I see there hiding on the bottom of the TC Off side?
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:10 PM   #5
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You are correct turbodog - however, it is not mine. It's Stefan(Boston) who sometime frequents this board.

Having said that, I did do my own garage door hack...in the batwing using an old homelink unit I snagged on eBay for $12. Here's mine:



installed and working w/ the indicator light


(it's powered off the phone power cord so it works regardless of ign position)

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