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Old 12-06-2017, 01:13 PM
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Center dash vent: louver slats unhooked

I inserted a smartphone holder into the center vents above the radio (bad idea), and managed to undo whatever moves all the louvers together; now they only move separately. (Don't believe I broke anything that would require a replacement vent, as I didn't hear or feel the "snap" of a broken plastic piece.)

So… anyone know how to fix without removing the radio or taking apart the dash? I read one post that mentioned going in there with a very small screwdriver (the kind used to unscrew laptop screws) or some other small pointy tool to "rehook a pin" (and I will do that), but it didn't go into details on exactly how to accomplish that.

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My car came with one vent in such a condition. I just had to look at it carefully and was able to pop it back into place without breakage or marks of any kind. Good luck!
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Thanks! Will put on my hands-free flashlight, grab an eyeglass screwdriver and see if I can fix it.
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After dislocating one of mine, I wasn't able to fix it from the outside until I took my dash apart of another reason, and figured out how it all hooks together with the piece out of the car. I have no idea how to convey this info with words though. It's about 8 screws to get the whole center console apart and pop the vent box out. Try that?
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^ Thanks, if I can't fix without taking dash apart, that'll be plan B.
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