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Author: Todd Marcucci
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Remvoing the Trim
Once you remove it, use your fingers to "pry" the A-pillar trim off. Be gentle, the lower portion snugs down next to the dash, and the top portion snaps into the trim where the visor was. Unsnap the top portion, then unsnap it from the column, and then lift "up" away from the dash:
Now, lower the piece along the upper window frame, where the visor was. Be careful not to pull too hard, as the dome light will hold this piece in at the center. You do not need to remove it to wire the detector, you only need to lower the trim enough to tuck the wire inside it. While you have it pulled down, tuck your wire inside, along the back edge, leaving enough wire to connect where your detector will mount.
A Note on Wiring
Now that you have the wire run behind the top trim, you will need to feed it down the A pillar, along the dash, down into the driver's kick panel where the fuse box is:
Once you have the wire run behind all the upper trim, you can put it back in place. Be sure you do not pinch any of the wiring in the trim clips and that it is adjusted to the proper length for where the detecor will be. You will need to re-position the weatherstripping on the pillar for the door- for reference, here's what it should look like:
This next part will require some contortionist skills under the dash. Locate the fuse box. Just above the fuse box, closer to the driver (away from the front of the car), there is a grounding lug with several grounds tied to it. Using the 10mm driver, remove the lug. Crimp the ring terminal to your ground wire and re-install the lug and all the grounds:
Now you need to crimp on the female terminal. Simply crimp it on to the positive wire:
...and now you can connect it to the "accessory" tap on the fuse box. Note where it is in the picture, on the left hand side of the fuse box- it's the third "hole" down from the top. This is the one switched with the ignition (alternatively one is for the lights, and the other for constant power). Be sure to slide the connector over the spade (male) contact in the hole.
Put the key in, turn it on, and make sure your detector works... you should be done!
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