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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-03, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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Question How do i take out the head unit in my EF ???

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I am trying to install my new cd tuner. I've got an adaptor so it plugs right into the current ford plug. So its heaps easier (no need to stuff around with the wires)

But i am having a lot of troble trying to get the current head unit out. I can't take off any of the car's panels. When i take out the ash tray, i can take out a screw, and that makes half of the panel around the tuner come loose, but then the other half is still in place. I've looked around heaps and i can't find a screw on the other side (near the cigarette lighter)

Can anyone explain how to take off the panel, or can you point me to somewhere where i can find out.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-02-03, 03:00 AM
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The other side is clipped in, might take a good yank to unclip it,

it took me awhile to figure that out too.
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holdeing the head unit in is two tamper proof screws. you will need a t25 size bit. the type with the dick in the middle +
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thanx HEAPS
i got to it.
i didn't want to just keep pulling on it, i was too scared that i would brake something.
Now i just need the t25 screwdriver
i have no idea what the pic is ment to be :o|
but i've seen the screw, and i'll go look at Bunnings for the part.
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yeah it didnt quite work out.

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bad news.
i got the bit (t20 fit better)

i got the right side screw out, but on the left side, the screw wore away when i tried to take it out.
now the screwdriver has nothing to grab onto, it just turns around. the screw is far too worn.

so what can i do to get it out?

i want to use a drill and just drill right through the screw. but its my mums car and she doesn't want me to.

is there any thing i can try?

if i do have to drill it, will i still be able to put another screw in there once i get the new cd tuner in?
it looks like the nut the the screw goes into is easily removable, so i'll be able to put in a new screw and nut. since the old nut will have half the screw left in it, and the rest of the screw will be drilled away.

i hope all that makes sence.

what can i do?
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Ok, that exac tthing happened to me.. What u have to do, is get a drill bit that covers roughly half of of the head, then drill the middle flat, and then drag the bit to one side, with out pushing in any further. Then a standard screwdriver should get it out. goto ford, and order two new ones, should cost 35 cents all up.

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easiest way would be to make a slit into the screw head so you can get it out with a flathead screwdriver.
You can buy really small coping saws which work well or a really small chisel etc
if that fail get a small cold chisel and take the head right off, remove the head unit and drill out the remainder of the screw
Any self tapper larger than the current hole can be fitted to secure the h/u in place

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yeah, thats a good one SiX. Try that. I think a small hacksaw blade would do it aswell

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Yeah right, if you can get a hacksaw onto that screw, which is recessed behind the rest of the dash, you'd be doing well. I had this problem myself, I just drilled it out. The metal is too hard and awkward to cut a slit into it.

Afterwards, I bought a security screwdriver bit set to do the ED's stereo. Cost me tens bucks, would have saved me a whole load of trouble over the years.

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