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Old 02-21-2003, 03:57 AM   #1
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Default removing defi pod -- broken tabs, how do you remove

ok how do you guys remove the clock/defi pod with out breaking things.

its always so frustrating removing it. I broke a tab off my defi pod today while taking it out.
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Old 02-21-2003, 04:38 AM   #2
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Look at it this way, it'll be much more easier to remove now

I broke a tab too, there is no easy way. It's a tight fit to begin with.
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Old 02-21-2003, 01:16 PM   #3
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This is the way I removed mine without breaking any tabs but like teiva-boy said its a tight fit. So, i'm not promising anything. Grab the top piece on the lefthand side and lift it up as much as possible. then try and slide a finger or two in the space created between the pod and the dash by lifting it then try to pull out the corner which is closest to your driver's side headlight. By doing this it keeps you from putting pressure on all the tabs. This way if you get the corner out then the rest is easy you just need to wiggle it a bit.

Or if you already broke a tab try starting there if its the tab on the side though then kinda doesn'y help you much. Hope this helps. Let me know if what I said makes no sense.

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Old 02-21-2003, 02:01 PM   #4
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take out the cupholder and center vent trim. you'll be able to see the tabs from below, pry them out a tiny bit with a screwdriver while you pull up.

if you want to try to fix the tab, i would use that cyo something epoxy, it has an activator and the glue.

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Old 02-22-2003, 11:11 AM   #5
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You have it give it a quick hit upwards with your palm to the front of it to pop it out quick. If you do it slowly, you'll fatigue and stretch the tab.
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Old 02-22-2003, 11:52 AM   #6
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My tabs are all cracked from a few removals and re-installs.

I just refused the plastic back together with a soldering iron and then filled the hollow cavities in the back of the tabs with epoxy resin. Im hoping the next time I pull it out it will survive without breakage.
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Old 02-23-2003, 02:49 AM   #7
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Here's a tip I got from IceNine.

Grind down the tabs before you install the pod. The tabs are simply too big, and it's not going to come out easily if you don't grind (flatten) them down a bit.
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