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Left Lower Instrument Panel Trim Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Left Lower Instrument Panel Trim Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

0.5 hours

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20 Torx, trim panel tool

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Fasteners and panel

Hot Tip:

Use floor mat from vehicle to kneel on

Performance Gain:

Access to components behind panels

Complementary Modification:

Replace pillar trim as well

Above the left side footwell on MINI R56 models there is a plastic trim panel that helps to house electrical components. This panel may have to be removed to service certain components on R56 models. For example the panel covers the pedal cluster and electrical components under the dashboard. If you wanted to replace the clutch switch or brake light switch, the panel has to be removed first. Fasteners of varying style hold these panels in. Be sure to have the correct ones on hand in the case one breaks or is lost.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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Above the left side footwell on MINI R56 models there is a plastic trim panel (red arrow) that helps to house electrical components.
Figure 1

Above the left side footwell on MINI R56 models there is a plastic trim panel (red arrow) that helps to house electrical components. This panel may have to be removed to service certain components on R56 models. The panel covers the pedal cluster and electrical components under the dashboard, among other items. If you wanted to replace the clutch switch or brake light switch, the panel has to be removed first. Fasteners of varying style hold this panel in. Be sure to have the correct ones on hand in the case one breaks or is lost.

Working at the bottom of the panel, remove the three T20 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 2

Working at the bottom of the panel, remove the three T20 Torx screws (red arrows).

Then, detach the panel at the top.
Figure 3

Then, detach the panel at the top. Clips at each side (red arrows) hold it in place. Use a plastic trim panel tool and lever the top of the panel away from the instrument panel.

Lower and remove the trim panel (red arrow) from the vehicle.
Figure 4

Lower and remove the trim panel (red arrow) from the vehicle. Check that the clips and clip mounts (green arrows) are in good shape before reinstalling the panel. When installing, align the clips and press them straight in. Listen for an audible click. Install the screws and check panel alignment.

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