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I've got an 07 2.5i automatic and have the center dash pocket between the two air vents.

The unit is made up of two pieces:
#12 Panel-center, assembly
#14 Pocket assembly center



I want to remove these to modify them but I do not want to break them when I pull them. Does anyone know where the clips are and when I slide a tool between it and the dash, to I angle in or angle out to pop them free?

On a side note, why does it get so hot in there? I am now wondering if it is even a good idea to hide my winch and auxiliary light switches in there.
 

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Sorry - did a google image search and came across these photos which pretty much answers my "how to safely remove" questions:







Still curious about the cause of heat and if recessing a light switch panel is a good idea...
 

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Heat is from the multi-information display just below the pocket. There's a circuit board or two inside, which themselves generate some heat, and the display, which is a fluorescent type, also has heaters.

Might want to run the car for while and then check the temperatures in the area. I doubt it gets hot enough to affect good quality switches (the plastic of the pocket itself, and of thevent panel don't seem to be affected).
 

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Heat is from the multi-information display just below the pocket. There's a circuit board or two inside, which themselves generate some heat, and the display, which is a fluorescent type, also has heaters.

Might want to run the car for while and then check the temperatures in the area. I doubt it gets hot enough to affect good quality switches (the plastic of the pocket itself, and of thevent panel don't seem to be affected).
Thanks for the reply. I figured some heat would come from running the heaters but didn't expect the majority of it to come from that little clock/trip computer. But, good to know there isn't anything else to worry about. I might wire in a small computer fan behind there just for fun. In any case, I am using stainless steel switches so I don't believe I'll have an issue - although the winch switch is in a plastic casing so I might take it out of that.
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