How to Remove and Install your Dash Panel Tray in Nine Steps
Whenever you ride in your vehicle, one of the first things that you will notice is your good old dashboard. This houses most of the important accessories and gauges that assist you when you are driving. It also catches the attention of your passengers. That's why it is important that your dashboard is always in good condition. One of its portions that usually wear out easily is the dash panel tray. This part is prone to wear and tear due to age and mileage. When your dash panel tray wears out, you need to replace it as soon as possible to keep the damage from getting worse.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Interior trim removal tool
- Phillips head screw driver
- Ice pick or flat blade screwdriver
- Replacement dash panel tray
Step 1: Pry the edge of the dash panel tray closest to the windshield upwards using an interior trim removal tool. Doing this will pop the two clips underneath the tray. Be careful not to chip the dashboard as you do so.
Step 2: Lift the windshield rear edge upwards until the dash panel tray is at about a 45 degree angle. Pull the whole piece carefully. Slowly lift the panel upwards. If your vehicle is equipped with a digital compass, you will see that the sensor is secured to the bottom side of the panel. Push the release clip on the wiring harness and unplug it.
Step 3: Remove the dash panel tray from your vehicle. Check if the part is heavily worn out or damaged, and dispose it as necessary.
Step 4: Remove the two screws that secure the compass module to the bottom side of the panel using a screwdriver. Pry off the two metal retaining clips from the plastic prong on the bottom. Use extra care when doing this to avoid distorting or bending the tabs. You will need to reuse them.
Step 5: Next, install the compass module on the bottom side using two small screws. You might need to give it an extra push to ensure that the screws are intact. Push the metal retaining clips onto the tabs at the bottom of the tray. You might need to use a trim tool to push them further.
Step 6: Put the dash panel tray over the dash and plug the harness back into the compass module if equipped.
Step 7: Tilt the dash panel tray to the same 45 degree angle when you removed it, and then slide it forward onto the front retaining clip.
Step 8: Press the panel downward to ensure that the clips are lined up. Push down the clips in place.
Step 9: Lay a non-slip material into the two matching pockets.
Just like that, your dash panel tray is as good as new. You can finish the removal and installation of your dash panel tray in just an hour. You may want to use a UV protective cleaning agent to your new dash panel tray to prevent it from fading due to sun exposure.