Today: Tom and Ray help Albert disassemble his overhead console.

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Dec 01, 2009

Dear Tom and Ray:

My wife's 90-year-old aunt recently allowed us to take her 1995 Dodge Caravan with 55,000 miles. She said it needed to be driven, as she hadn't driven it in more than 17 months. Since we have received this vehicle, interior parts have been falling off of it at a rapid clip. I'll spare you the many details, but the one I really need to fix quickly involves the power rear side-vent windows. They both opened fine, but then the right side one quit working with the window in the open position. I believe the switch is bad or a wire has come loose on it. I need to get into the overhead console but cannot figure out how to remove it. Does it just snap into place, or is it connected by hidden screws? -- Albert

RAY: It just snaps in and out, Albert. But it only comes out with a fair use of force.

TOM: So, add "overhead console bezel" to the list of interior parts you need to pick up at the junkyard so you'll have a replacement ready when you break the bezel on this one.

RAY: I would suggest that you go to a local body shop and ask them to show you how it comes off. They'll know just how much pressure to exert on it. Even if you have to pay them for the demonstration, it'll be worth it, because it'll keep you from breaking the thing, and you'll know how to remove it when the left side window switch breaks.

TOM: But there are no screws involved, and it pops back on very easily -- unlike the rearview mirror, the door handles and the other stuff that's fallen off. Good luck, Albert.

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