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Lower Dashboard Panel Removal
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Lower Dashboard Panel Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 955 Cayenne (2004-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne GTS (2008-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne S (2003-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo (2003-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo S (2006-10)

Hot Tip:

Make sure the arms of the panel fit correctly

Complementary Modification:

Replace courtesy light bulb.

Various projects for the Porsche Cayenne require removing the lower dashboard panel, such as replacing the brake light switch or accessing the HVAC control motors. Removing the panel is super easy and should not take more than 10 minutes. When re-installing the panel, take note of the white plastic arms mounted on the firewall. The fingers of the panel should slide right into these arms if you have everything lined up correctly.

TIP: Another method is to begin with Figure 6-- remove the T20 Torx screw (green arrow) holding the center of the panel to the dashboard. Next-Figure 7-Now pull the panel down until both clips (green arrows) pop out of the dashboard. Now simply pull the panel until the fingers at the front of the panel clear the white plastic support arms. Then release the OBD2 port from the still installed adapter ring. Next unplug the connector from the still installed courtesy light. This saves you from having to take out and reinstall the OBD2 and courtesy light trim pieces. 

Begin by prying the plastic cover off the OBD2 diagnostic port and also the left edge of the courtesy light (green arrows).
Figure 1

Begin by prying the plastic cover off the OBD2 diagnostic port and also the left edge of the courtesy light (green arrows).

Pull the courtesy light assembly out of the panel.
Figure 2

Pull the courtesy light assembly out of the panel.

Press the plastic tabs on the electrical connector and pull it out of the courtesy light assembly (green arrows).
Figure 3

Press the plastic tabs on the electrical connector and pull it out of the courtesy light assembly (green arrows). Note: the connector on our car is slightly damaged here with one ear missing.

Now carefully pry the OBD2 port out of the panel on either side (green arrows).
Figure 4

Now carefully pry the OBD2 port out of the panel on either side (green arrows).

Once free, press the three tabs on the inside of the port (green arrows) and pull the port out of the adapter ring and set it aside.
Figure 5

Once free, press the three tabs on the inside of the port (green arrows) and pull the port out of the adapter ring and set it aside.

Now remove the T20 Torx screw (green arrow) holding the center of the panel to the dashboard.
Figure 6

Now remove the T20 Torx screw (green arrow) holding the center of the panel to the dashboard.

Now pull the panel down until both clips (green arrows) pop out of the dashboard.
Figure 7

Now pull the panel down until both clips (green arrows) pop out of the dashboard. Now simply pull the panel until the fingers at the front of the panel clear the white plastic support arms.

Begin removing the upper panel by pulling out the cover on the side (green arrow).
Figure 8

Begin removing the upper panel by pulling out the cover on the side (green arrow).

You'll have a bit more access to the components behind the panel with the cover removed.
Figure 9

You'll have a bit more access to the components behind the panel with the cover removed.

Remove the rubber trim piece around the lock cylinder (green arrow).
Figure 10

Remove the rubber trim piece around the lock cylinder (green arrow). You can easily pull this out with your fingers.

Now carefully pry the plastic trim piece (green arrow) off from the dashboard.
Figure 11

Now carefully pry the plastic trim piece (green arrow) off from the dashboard. If you're careful, you can pull from the left edge to get it started and then use a plastic prybar to carefully work the reminder of the trim piece off.

Now remove the trim piece from the other side of the panel (green arrow).
Figure 12

Now remove the trim piece from the other side of the panel (green arrow).

Loosen and remove the two T20 Torx (green arrow) screws holding the right side of the panel to the dashboard.
Figure 13

Loosen and remove the two T20 Torx (green arrow) screws holding the right side of the panel to the dashboard.

Loosen and remove the two T20 Torx screws from the right side of the panel (green arrows).
Figure 14

Loosen and remove the two T20 Torx screws from the right side of the panel (green arrows). Note that in this picture the screws have already been removed.

Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screw from the left side of the panel at the bottom (green arrow).
Figure 15

Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screw from the left side of the panel at the bottom (green arrow).

Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screw from the right side of the panel at the bottom (green arrow).
Figure 16

Loosen and remove the T20 Torx screw from the right side of the panel at the bottom (green arrow).

You can now pull the lower panel off the dashboard.
Figure 17

You can now pull the lower panel off the dashboard. Press the tab on the electrical connector (green arrow) and pull it apart.

Press the tab on the electrical connector going to the dimmer switch and pull it off.
Figure 18

Press the tab on the electrical connector going to the dimmer switch and pull it off. Do the same for the headlight switch right next to it (yellow arrow).

You'll now need to remove the cable from the parking brake release lever.
Figure 19

You'll now need to remove the cable from the parking brake release lever. Pull the sheath (green arrow) back enough to clear the lever and pop the ball (yellow arrow) out of the handle.

When re-installing the cable, make sure that the retaining grommet (green arrow) fits into the hole on the bracket.
Figure 20

When re-installing the cable, make sure that the retaining grommet (green arrow) fits into the hole on the bracket. This can pop out easily. Re-installing the panel is the reverse of disassembly.

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Comments and Suggestions:
bhaggen Comments: Don't mess with the OBD2 port or the courtesy light until AFTER you drop the panel. The port releases from the still installed adapter ring & the connector unplugs from the installed courtesy light.
October 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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