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    Default How do the std headunits come out?

    This sounds a daft question i know, and i think im doing everything i should be doing, but i just cant get it to budge...i have removed the grub screws and i have a pair of the 'keys', (Autoleads keys, not vauxhall..suppose that could be the problem?)

    I insert the keys, apply slight outward pressure to the keys inline with every other Vauxhall stereo and stereo's of this type i've removed, and all that happens is the keys just keep coming out...ive even tried jiggling the kegs about when trying to pull on them and all ive managed to do is loosen the actual front of the stereo on the top right corner

    Is there some other fixings some where that i need to remove first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John35 View Post
    And maybe not!
    They do tend to stick. Give the pins a good whack to make sure they are engaged properly. I only used an old metal coat hanger and it worked for me.
    Try pulling out the switches around the HU with blue tac then you can spread some pressure around the HU face and give a bit more leverage.
    You could also taking the glove box out and pushing the HU from the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John35 View Post
    Would help if i was messing with headlamps i suppose

    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    And maybe not!
    They do tend to stick. Give the pins a good whack to make sure they are engaged properly. I only used an old metal coat hanger and it worked for me.
    Try pulling out the switches around the HU with blue tac then you can spread some pressure around the HU face and give a bit more leverage.
    You could also taking the glove box out and pushing the HU from the back.
    I shoved the pins right in and fealt for them clicking in and it still didnt help...i wonder if proper Vauxhall pins would be better?...and I did try taking the switch blanks out on the right hand side, but couldnt get any more out as i was starting to damage the trim, and it isnt my car...its an Elite so it has heated seat swicthes too and i couldnt budge them, and the hazard switch fealt like it was going to break...i dont really want to have to take the glovebox out either...this isnt an easy job is it? lol

    Cheers for the advice though

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    sorry at the time.

    now read it properly..... use a coat hanger

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    i used the audioleads key to remove mine, took about 10 secs. Make sure the keys are in all the way, if i remember right i had to push the keys in so that vitually the whole of the straight part of the keys were in the holes the levered outwards slighty while pulling.

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    Also try pulling from one side at a time, bit by bit.

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    Right ta...i shall have another bash later on...****** things lol

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    as above m8, had to push keys all the way in and give it a good wobble to get it out, the cage is fixed in at the back though and will need to be removed before the new facia/surround is fitted
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    Here's my 2p....

    1. The Vx HU is a VERY tight fit, as well as using the keys, you'll have to try to wiggle the HU itself, a fraction of an inch at a time.

    2. Removing the glove box is a doddle...if you've got some Torx bits for the screws. Open the glovebox, there's 3 screws along the top edge, and 1 in each front bottom corner. Remove these, and the whole thing just lifts out. 5 mins, max.

    HTH

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