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Hey all,
So I have been working on a project to fix a nav unit. I am at the point I have everything fixed and am trying to get it all back in and working. To this point I have been working with very little wiggle room and the unit hardly comes out at all. I can't even see or really get to the back of the unit to pull the plugs. So I have avoided it since I dont think I could re-plug if i pulled it out. Which has made everything 10x more difficult. But now I discovered one of the ribbon cables back behind the CD/nav DVD players is out. And I need to reconnect it. Only way I can foresee doing it is to disconnect and pull the entire unit out so I can basically take apart the entire cage holding that piece. So my question is, am I doing something wrong? Is it really true that the unit barely comes forward because the cables in the back have no give? Shouldn't I at least be able to pull it out enough to see the back of it? I have attached a picture so you can see the extent of how little I can pull it out. I can't even get my hand back there enough to get leverage to even pull the cables if I decided to. Just seems like something isn't right.
 

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It should come out far enough so that you can get to the plugs and disconnect them. You may have to feel your way around them before it comes out completely.
 

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When manufacturers go to 'modular assembly', dilemmas such as this become quite common. The last three years of my employment, IPs were assembled into a 'module' with the steering column, & HVAC system. Replacing any component often entailed making scrap of several others, due to the lack of an economical tear down after the defect was discovered in a virtually complete vehicle. Just when you were getting used to the lack of room for repair operations, here comes a newer, more difficult process. I wouldn't be surprised if some of your cabling doesn't wind up as scrap. Sorry.
 

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H-D,unfortunately you were 100% correct. I basically scrapped my attempt today and gave up. Everything being so interconnected so far as the metal cages/frames was bad enough. And then the lack of movement from the wiring in the back made it worse. But the biggest issue I had was the ridiculous flimsy ribbon cables and that they too had zero wiggle room. Pulling the unit apart basically pulls out at least a few and a couple that are almost impossible to get to without completely disassembling everything. And then the cable clamps would break trying to get them back in. What a mess. I am taking it to an audio shop tomorrow to see if they have better luck. If not, to the dealer for probably a full replacement at a ridiculous cost for something that just required a $120 part. Unreal.
 

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That is pretty unreal. Especially when the base stereo and the "premium" non-HK stereo have plenty of room in the back. I wonder if its because of the more complicated nature of the nav unit where you have the large screen and then more controls underneath that causes the problems.
 

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Yeah, I was surprised too. I had read on here and some other places that there was very little give before I started. But was very surprised it was so little. Especially since a couple youtube videos and a pdf I saw showed a little more than I actually got. My wife was the only one that could get her hand and wrist back there. So I asked her to check if it was snagged on anything and it wasn't. So I was obviously leery of pulling any connectors out for fear of not being able to get anything reconnected. In restrospect I probably should have done just that and asked an audio shop or dealer to reconnect it when I was complete.
 
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