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Default Dash rocker switch removal

Does anyone have any suggestions regarding the removal of the dash rocker switches. I have a stuck/malfunctioning switch. A search indicates the possibility of removal by prying, however I have also read that removal may be impossible without lifting up the dash to access the switch retention tabs. I don’t want to damage the dash, EL lighting, or anything else. Any hints, procedures, or instruction would be most appreciated.

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Does anyone have any suggestions regarding the removal of the dash rocker switches. I have a stuck/malfunctioning switch. A search indicates the possibility of removal by prying, however I have also read that removal may be impossible without lifting up the dash to access the switch retention tabs. I don’t want to damage the dash, EL lighting, or anything else. Any hints, procedures, or instruction would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Yea, you need too get to them from the back side of the dash. Prying them up will destroy the EL dash system. A PO did it on mine and it is no longer functional. The switch tabs spread on the back side so you really can't get to them from the front.
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Thanks, that’s what I am most concerned about. So then, are the switches and tabs generally accessible by gently lifting the dash? Alternatively, can they be accessed from the lower front outside panel?
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The easiest for me is remove the outer trim and lift dash up about 1.5 inches....easy does it. May need to wiggle the big cannon plugs about. Once up a bit you should be able to squeeze “the retainer ears” and push up and out. 12 volt master should be off for this.
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Yeah you have to lift up the panel. Some of the wires under there wouldn't move enough to allow you to pull the switch out through the top anyways...
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Thanks all,

One more question. Is there the “hidden” screw under one of the switches, and if so, how do you remove that switch to get to the screw?
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Thanks all,

One more question. Is there the “hidden” screw under one of the switches, and if so, how do you remove that switch to get to the screw?
Yes, there is a screw under one of the very left switch openings. (on the vertical section). I am thinking of my FC, but the PT should be the same. I forget which switch/cover/light it was behind. Someone else will chime in. I had a pic somewhere, might find it in a week The right end is held by the microphone bracket screws on the right end of the dash console.
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Hey Tom...check this thread for some details on panel access. It's about the EL function...but does provide some details on "getting in":

https://www.wanderlodgeownersgroup.c...light=ice+cube
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I just finished putting my dash back together. If you remove the steering wheel
there is much easier access. To remove the wheel lift the center hub and disconnect the horn wire. The 3 allen head cap screws are visible and
easy to remove.

I had my dash apart to add a rocker switch for jake brake operation. All the trim pieces have to removed and the panel lifted to a vertical position
to gain access the the underside And yes, turn off the D.C. power.

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