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Old 10-30-2012, 10:50 PM   #11
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(Remove the radio and undo the four 7mm bolts)
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Is that all it takes to pull the HVAC panel on an SVT to do this? Previous owner of my car put in orange plastic overlays over a lot of interior stuff, I kind of hate it but I'm used to it and don't really want to break anything in removal.
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:35 AM   #12
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^^ Pretty much, then it's held in with "spring clips" that pop out easily. This bezel is durable and hard to damage.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:23 AM   #13
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will being doing this today
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Awesome. I didn't mind it too much in the 04 because I didn't notice, but in the wagon the A/C light comes on with the defrost and is a bit annoying. Thanks for posting.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:25 PM   #15
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Thanks for this mod.

It's on the to do list now!
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Just did it, it's basically a ten minute job. Sniper, I don't know how you got the panel pulled out far enough to take that pic. I only pulled it far enough to get the connector off and it didn't feel like it wanted to come much further than that, not a big deal though. FYI for anybody that wants to do this, a right angle pick is handy to pry the connector tab up enough to pull the connector, I think it'd be difficult to get it off with just fingers.

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Just did it, it's basically a ten minute job. Sniper, I don't know how you got the panel pulled out far enough to take that pic. I only pulled it far enough to get the connector off and it didn't feel like it wanted to come much further than that, not a big deal though. FYI for anybody that wants to do this, a right angle pick is handy to pry the connector tab up enough to pull the connector, I think it'd be difficult to get it off with just fingers.

Thanks for the info Sniper, +1
Will this work for a 2012?

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Just did it, it's basically a ten minute job. Sniper, I don't know how you got the panel pulled out far enough to take that pic. I only pulled it far enough to get the connector off and it didn't feel like it wanted to come much further than that, not a big deal though. FYI for anybody that wants to do this, a right angle pick is handy to pry the connector tab up enough to pull the connector, I think it'd be difficult to get it off with just fingers.

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Actually I did the same thing you did, it took me about 10 mins at sundown while drizzling. The HVAC cables were holding you back, there's a tab on top you can undo to release them, I highlighted the other guy's how-to in the first post.

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IDK, I imagine the '12 is completely computer controlled. Just my guess...

I seen a guy make a module and a custom A/C button to do the same thing for an Escape. So maybe it can be done on a '12, but it might not be this simple.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:37 AM   #19
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Hey guys, I did this last night in a parking lot while waiting for my dog grooming to be done. Took 5 minutes with the only tool being my house key. Fits nicely between faceplate and dash near the radio, popped the rest with hands, no damage, that faceplate is pretty sturdy.

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Old 02-04-2013, 11:46 AM   #20
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Did it yesterday. Got the SVT so I had to pop out the 4 bolts. Outside of that, 10 min job out best. Good Stuff!
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