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and yeah. does the yellow area piece PDRN231 etc light up?

ive seen someone with an element that has it light up. i dont know how they did it.

any help appreciated.
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the PRND321 is supposed to be back lit.

The glovebox panel won't get you there. Not sure about removing it.

The center panal trim "pops" off...pry gently from the bottom.
 

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I needed to remove that piece of trim to add LED's to illuminate the
inside of my glove box.

First I'd remove the plastic latches/end stops that hold the glove box up.
Look for the thread on replacing the in cabin air filter.

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There are two screws that hold that piece of trim from the back side.
Then pull forward on the trim assembly. Also be careful when reassembling,
there are plastic snaps bend easily on the back side of the trim.

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I haven't posted my LED project yet because I'm still searching for a different
switch. The one I used was a POS Radio shack normally closed pushbutton
switch. It came in a package of four, I broke three of them. One just fell
apart while I was tightening the hold down nut. The other two switches
the plastic plunger part of the switch broke. (The switch is to the right of
the latch in the second picture) I also had to add a small piece of felt from
velcro on the opposite side of the door. This helped make sure the switch
is pushed in enough.
 

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Hi - Did you consider using a tilt switch?
Yes, but I didn't want to see a strobe light show coming from my glove box. :smile:
I figured that that type of switch would be to sensitive to vibration.
And standard door pin switches are too long and wouldn't fit.
If I can find a switch of the same size and type that I used, but a better
manufacturer, I'd be all set.
The hard part is finding N.C. (Normally closed) push button switches,
there very rare..

Here is the POS switch I used.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062540

 

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Better switch

Try using the window/door magnetic switch used in alarm systems. The switch is avail as NC or NO. Those have two pieces... a magnet that cause the switch to operate, and the switch itself. Mount the magnet on the moving part, and the switch on something stationary.
Another possibility are proximity switches. They toggle when something gets close to it, typically metal, but many types are out there. Plus they are super rugged. Used typically in machinery.

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Try using the window/door magnetic switch used in alarm systems. The switch is avail as NC or NO. Those have two pieces... a magnet that cause the switch to operate, and the switch itself. Mount the magnet on the moving part, and the switch on something stationary.
Another possibility are proximity switches. They toggle when something gets close to it, typically metal, but many types are out there. Plus they are super rugged. Used typically in machinery.

Andy
I thought of that to, but I had trouble with the spacing between the magnet
and the reed switch. It wouldn't work reliably with gaps of more than 1/4 inch.
 

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I have some on my garage doors that have an extended distance. They say up to 1" gap will work. Mine are 3/4" apart and are very reliable. I got them at a surplus store in Florida years ago.
 

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how do you get to the screws to remove that panel if their from behind?
im sorry i didnt understand. cool mod tho :p
 

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how do you get to the screws to remove that panel if their from behind?
im sorry i didnt understand. cool mod tho :p
After removing the glove box end/stops, I just used a stubby screwdriver
and reached in from the back side. You should be able to feel the screws
with your hand. A mirror might also helps.

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Aha!

thak you very much... i will feel around for those pesky screws... and i will somehow remove them.

I cant help but wonder if their truly necessary. The screws i mean. The panel itself is quite sturdy with the plastic clips alone. hmmm......

Oh well.
THANK YOU for you assistance and trouble.
It's VERY MUCH appreciated.
You have helped me.
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When I did a glovebox light install, one of the speed clips stripped and I couldn't get the screw out, so I had to force the piece off, breaking the plastic anchor that held the clip.



When reassembling, I didn't replace either of the inner screws, and haven't had any trouble so far.
 

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When I did a glovebox light install, one of the speed clips stripped and I couldn't get the screw out, so I had to force the piece off, breaking the plastic anchor that held the clip.



When reassembling, I didn't replace either of the inner screws, and haven't had any trouble so far.
I did the same thing when I pulled it off but, my thinking when putting it back on was that oh the clips will keep it on but it wouldn't stay on right so I epoxied them back and now it stays on
 

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Bravo

Thank you for your experience and time to post the last diagram. i have successfully found and removed the screws and panel.:)

Well, the one screw. luckily, and oddly enough, the other was already out. and missing.

Needless to say, i replaced the panel, smacked it, leaned on it. put my big wide feet on it laying back in the passenger seat, and it doesn't look like its budging at all. The clips are in good condition. so i wont be replacing the screw. Yes, i even kicked it a few times.... i know. shame on me. BUT now i know its stronly in place and am satisfied:D

So again. thank you so much for the help, your time, and your light mod may be next on my list :p
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how do i remove that panel in the pic.
if pic doesnt load....... the piece of trim above glove box.

any help appreciated. thnx.
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As to your question in the picture you provided about the PRND21 lettering next to the shifter lighting up, my 09 E's PRND21 lights up when I turn on the headlights. I dunno if that helped because the luminosity might be a feature on newer models.
 
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