I do hope, the following steps will help you to remove the lower dash panel. It's no secret to get it removed. But I thought to give you some tips how to get this part removed
How To Remove The Dash panel
The lower dashpanel is the whole cover under the steering wheel, which held with 3x 8mm bolts. Now take a 8mm nut and wrench and unscrew all 3 bolts counterclockwise. The bolts 1
are easy to find. Bolt No 3
is behind the flat black accessorie panel (or switch) top left.
Lower Dash Panel
In some models (L, LS, GS Type) there's a complete switch (Courtesy,TCS & Fog switch) installed instead of a flat black accessorie panel (L Type).
To get access to screw No 3
If there is a switch, you can pull out the complete switch with a small screw driver. Behind the switch (or the cover), you will find the 3rd screw of the inner plastic frame. Don't bend it !!!
Hood Opener (Mounting Hole No 2)
Hood Opener (Mounting Clip No 4)
On the underneath right side of the dash panel above the ignition lock you will notice, that this cover is held with a metal clip No. 4
. Pull it out. Now you have taken out your dash panel.
After removing is looks like
Just a side note:
Pay attention of the fragile plastic tab ! That happened me (Before/After). Once it got broken it it's not repairable. You can take the best glue, it will always broke, believe me !
Location Of The Screws
You will find the screws No. 1 / 2 and 3. No 4 is no screw. It's a metall clip.
Screw No 1: On top of the corner closest to the gas pedal.
Screw No 2: Under your hood latch.
Screw No 3: Behind the TCS control switch (or fog light assy). Pop it out and you will see it.
Clip No 4: Far right side, just underneath the ignition switch.