Safe way to remove media cover?

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I'm sure most are like me that shows has a USB cable connected for Android auto or car play. The open door sticking up over it bothers me but I can't seem to gracefully take it off.

Has anyone done so without breaking thinks?
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Wow. I worked on this just this morning. I was able to get the cover of the USB socket/cigarette lighter off by knocking out the roll pin that holds it on - I used a very small punch and a small hammer. It pushed right out. I tried the same thing on the larger cover, but the pin wouldn't budge. I'm not sure how to proceed...
 

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Use the usb in the center console storage area. There is a little space for a cord to allow it to be closed... then just rest your phone wirh cord in the cup holder...or leave it in he center console storage area.
This is what I did also because I was afraid of the media door breaking off with it always being open.
 

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I'm sure most are like me that shows has a USB cable connected for Android auto or car play. The open door sticking up over it bothers me but I can't seem to gracefully take it off.

Has anyone done so without breaking thinks?
I too didn’t like the media door opened all the time, and was afraid I’d break it attempting to remove it.
So, I use the USB (USB 2) inside the center console for my semi-permanent installation of a lightning cord routed to my iPhone ProClip mounted on the grab bar.
And, I use the USB (USB 3) on the aft end of the console in the rear passengers area for a super mini thumb drive for my MP3 music files.. yes, that door is partially open all the time, but I don’t have to fixate on it like it the one in front of me.
That leaves USB 1 inside the media door on the instrument panel as a “guest” outlet for the occasional phone charger. Oh and I keep a spare lightning cord and a microUSB cord in the console for folks who might need a bit of phone juice when riding shotgun with me.

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I have a similar setup.

Cable from inside the console which lays between the seat and the console, I plug in and lay my phone next to the E-Brake handle.
Then I have a compact-USB, with a ton of music, like you have in the back, in my front USB and the door shuts down over it, just short of being closed, but you can't tell.

I use a magnetic data/charge cable so I don't fumble with it, I can lay the phone down, grab the cable with one hand, get it close to the end and it pops right on itself.
 

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Wow. I worked on this just this morning. I was able to get the cover of the USB socket/cigarette lighter off by knocking out the roll pin that holds it on - I used a very small punch and a small hammer. It pushed right out. I tried the same thing on the larger cover, but the pin wouldn't budge. I'm not sure how to proceed...
Hey guys, thanks for resurrecting this project. I posted about this and I mostly just got flack for trying to do it. Anyway, here's what I learned:
- 12v comes out with a punch to the pin just as y'all described
- The Media cover and front plate will come out of the dash. Pull straight on the cover and it'll pop off. That will let you work on it.
- A small PVC saw will cut enough of the cover off the plate that you can disengage the pins and remove it. There's a pin on each side which is why removal in place with a punch doesn't work.
- The PVC saw will also cut your fingers.

It's all plastic, and it does scratch easy, it can be done, and it does make it much more functional. I figured if I ever mung anything up too badly that whole dash piece can be replaced pretty easy.

Cheers guys,
Nick
 
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Exactly where did you cut on the plate and which way do the pins come off? If you could upload a picture of the part, that would be great.

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Exactly where did you cut on the plate and which way do the pins come off? If you could upload a picture of the part, that would be great.

Thanks.
I only cut the cover. Basically along where there's already the space in the middle. Once you cut through to that space the pins pretty much fell out.
 

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Ok, thanks.
 

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Noted.

(I might try a dremel...)
 

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NickTinVA - thanks.

Worked like a charm!
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