: Ash Tray removal ??

04-08-12, 10:15 PM
First off, yes I have read the how to article.

My ash tray has always felt like either the gears are stripped, or something is stuck inside causing it to not open smoothly.
I popped out the felt tray, and removed the small little screw in the back... this is where I'm stuck.

HVAC unit does not seem to want to budge.
Do I just need to pull harder, or is there a trick I'm not aware of. I hate it when I pull and then "crack".


04-08-12, 10:25 PM
You should be able to pry off the trim around the HVAC unit with a small flathead screwdriver. Once that is off you'll have access to everything else.


04-08-12, 11:04 PM
or you can just break the housing like i did and have to cough up 350 bucks from gm to order a new one:hide:
just try and pry it evenly so it dosnt crack, dont be to rough like i was

04-10-12, 12:32 PM
OK, getting a little pissed at this ashtray now.

(shows removing the one screw behind the ashtray, and then pull the whole thing out.

I've tried prying on the outside bezel of the HVAC unit. When I do it seems as if the entire unit is trying to move and not just the bezel.

Are there other screws holding the HVAC unit in, or is it just that one back behind the ashtray ?


OK, I got it. Just took a little more brute force than I wanted to use on the plastic.

Now.... theres probably no way to order just the little gear peice is there ??

The little plastic clip that hold the gear in place is broke. So nothing is stripped, just the gear does not want to stay in there straight.

04-10-12, 12:35 PM
See attached.

04-10-12, 12:37 PM
Now that I think about it and look at it I think the entire hvac unit may come out and then you take the bezel off. It seems like I eluded to that in that ashtray thread link I posted.