How to Remove the Switch Panel From a Mini Cooperby Russell Wood
The Mini Cooper is designed with a switch panel that mounts in the dashboard below the stereo that contains the power window switches, the central lock controls, and other switches as well. If any of these switches fails, then the entire panel needs to be removed from the vehicle and replaced with a new one. To do that, the first thing you have to do is remove the defective panel. This should take about 30 minutes to do.
Grip the interior knee panel located just below the steering column with your hand and pull the panel towards the ground. Allow the panel to hinge open, then remove the fasteners holding it in place with the ratchet and Torx-head sockets.
Remove the screws on the vertical silver panel that sits to the left of the switch panel using the ratchet and Torx-head sockets. Repeat this for the silver panel on the right side of the switch panel. Move both panels away from the center console.
Unbolt the switch panel from the dashboard using a T-20 Torx-head screw and the 1/4-inch ratchet. Pull the panel away from the dash, and unplug the wiring on the backside. Remove the switch panel from the vehicle.
Items you will need
- 1/4-inch ratchet and socket set
- Torx-head socket set
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