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    I am playing around with my facelift model car at the weekend and I will need access to the wiring for the park pilot switch (I am adding aftermarket parking sensors with a view to controlling them with a modified switch)

    When fitting the Parrot kit last weekend, I noticed that access for the wiring for the switch was restricted by the cage that holds in the head unit.

    Is it possible to remove and reinstall the cage or do I have to carry out micro-surgery on the wiring in the dash? Or is there anyway to unclip the connector plug to obtain some slack to adapt the wiring.

    Other suggestions would be welcomed

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    Yes you can remove the radio and cage... Just remember if your half-can bus you'll need to re-enter the radio code when you refit it..

    The connectors for the switches all sit on a moulded bit of plastic, Once the cage is removed you can see the two clips which hold the bank of connectors in...

    One little clip at the top and another at the bottom (the whole switch assembly runs vertical from the top button down to the bottom and has to be removed as one piece...
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    Mainly as Plasma said,

    however as your's is a facelift, then the radio code will not need to be re-entered.

    All facelift cars will have a full CAN audio system.

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    The cage was a bit of a mare to get out on mine (pre-facelift). After undoing the screw which is holding it in (on the back 'wall' of the cage) I had to bend the top and bottom a little inwards at the front before I could wiggle it free, then when you are ready to re-fit, they bend back into shape relatively easily. If I remember rightly on my cage, the front top/bottom centre part is where the join in the metal is, which makes the bend and 'bend-back' pretty straightforward to be honest. It may be a bit different on your facelift tho, best of luck!
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    When I did this on my facelift I removed the whole centre console which seems a faff, but I got to everything I needed to. Quite an easy job once you figure out what the pins do on the button. If you remove one of the resistors in the switch (not the one for the leds) it turns it into a normal push-to-make switch which can then control a latching relay unit, which then turns on the front sensors and the indicator light on the switch. That's what I did on mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ademusic View Post
    When I did this on my facelift I removed the whole centre console which seems a faff, but I got to everything I needed to. Quite an easy job once you figure out what the pins do on the button. If you remove one of the resistors in the switch (not the one for the leds) it turns it into a normal push-to-make switch which can then control a latching relay unit, which then turns on the front sensors and the indicator light on the switch. That's what I did on mine
    That is exactly what I am looking to do, although, I am using a timer circuit rather than a latching relay.

    The sensors are now fitted, the rear bumper removal was an awkward job, my brother in law is a time served vehicle technician and even he was wincing when we were pulling the side fixings loose.

    Have you got any pointers on removing the entire centre console please?

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