How to Remove the Center Bezel From Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

In Vehicles and other Vehicles brands, a bezel is made from molded plastic, usually fitted around other components. A center bezel can also be referred to as a radio and control panel bezel. The method Vehicles removing this covering depends on the model and year of the Vehicles in question. Some models feature retractable cup holders and some do not. Removing the bezel, however, is usually not a case of repairing it or replacing it. The covering is in the way of radio, air conditioning, and heating wires and components. The removal process is usually the first step in other repairs.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove the Center Bezel From a PT Cruiser

Ensure that the Cruiser's electrical system is off.

Pull off all the heating and conditioning knobs.

Pry out the front power window switch assembly and disconnect the electrical components. Remove the switch all together.

Unscrew the retaining screw at the top of the bezel.

Pry around the edges of the bezel to detach it from the dashboard. You will have to use a few prying points to get the bezel fully detached and off the dashboard.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

 How to Remove the Center Bezel of a Jeep Wrangler

Park your Jeep on flat ground and set the parking brake. With the engine off, turn the key to the run position so you can move the shifter.

Move the transmission shifter into the neutral position so that you have more room to work. Remove the shifter handle from the shifter by pulling straight up on the handle. It will come off with a quick pop, so be ready for it.

Set the handle aside for now and slide a very thin, flat screw driver or Jeep trim stick, part number C-7455, into the space around the bezel and release the locking tabs. Pull the bezel out of the console.

Remove the light on the bottom of the bezel by turning the socket 1/4 turn and pulling it straight out. Lift the bezel straight up and slide it off the shifter.

Items you will need

  • Thin, flat screw driver or Jeep tool C-7455

 How to Remove the Center Bezel on a Chrysler

Ensure that your Chrysler is off completely, especially the electrical components.

Locate and remove all mounting screws. Some Chryslers, such as the Town and Country, Voyager and Caravan, require you to pull open the vehicle's cup holder and remove a mounting plate first. A mounting plate can be popped off with a trim stick.

Slide your trim stick between the bezel and the Chrysler's dashboard. Slowly pry the bezel off. You will have to pry at several different points around the bezel. Be careful not to damage any of the mounting clips or electrical components behind the bezel.

Disconnect all electrical connectors, once you've loosened the bezel enough. This will allow you to lift the bezel away completely.

Items you will need

  • Trim stick

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