HELP Dash Bezel Removal - Monte SS

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1988SS

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How is the best way to remove the dash bezel? The long plastic bezel with the three A/C ducts. Looks like there are 6 clips holding it on.

Car is an 1988 MC SS.

Thanks!
 

mwjoyce78

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How is the best way to remove the dash bezel? The long plastic bezel with the three A/C ducts. Looks like there are 6 clips holding it on.

Car is an 1988 MC SS.

Thanks!
There’s another thread with your answer. Search dash bezel. My olds 442 vent bezel just pulled off like the bezel for the radio, or the dash speaker grills. Held in with those wire hooks that are shaped like a V.

Hope that helps.
 

1988SS

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Yup I found that. Thanks!

Does it go back on pretty easy?
 

1988SS

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I assuming the clips should stay on the dash? Or do they come out with the bezel?
 

Maverick's_Monte

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The male ends of the clip stays on the piece and the female side stays in the dash. As previously mentioned, 30+ years old stuff...try to carefully work it out. If you are really concerned about breaking it, you may be better off trying to pop it out from behind if you can get your hand or a tool behind the dash from below or through the glove box. Good luck also.
 

L92 OLDS

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There isn’t a female side. At least on a Cutlass, The spring clips are part of the bezel and fit into a slotted hole in the instrument panel substrate. I’ve found the best way to remove them is to gently pull using a needle nose on the vent blades. Try to distribute the pull force equally as you remove it.
 
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1988SS

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There isn’t a female side. At least on a Cutlass, The spring clips are part of the bezel and fit into a slotted hole in the instrument panel substrate. I’ve found the best way to remove them is to gently pull using a needle nose on the vent blades. Try to distribute the pull force equally as you remove it.
Not quite following you. When you say "gently pull using a needle nose on the vent blades"....

Are you talking about removing the clips from the bezel once the bezel is out? Or is this to get the bezel removed.
What is the vent blade?

Sorry for a thousand questions and thanks for the help
 

L92 OLDS

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Mar 30, 2012
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Not quite following you. When you say "gently pull using a needle nose on the vent blades"....

Are you talking about removing the clips from the bezel once the bezel is out? Or is this to get the bezel removed.
What is the vent blade?

Sorry for a thousand questions and thanks for the help
No, don’t remove the clips. They have hooks that grab the plastic in the screw bosses that are injection molded into the back side of the bezel. Just grab the adjustable vent louvers or blades with a needle nose and gently pull at each corner.


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