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 Post subject: Removing AU Fascia
Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 11:40 pm 
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hey guys, had a search and couldnt find anything on this so i will give it a shot

basically, my air con isnt acting like it should (vac leak somewhere), plus my stereo fader doesnt fade (previous owner has obviously had dash apart) - its the std AU III stereo, non premo

i want to pull the fascia off, double check the air con controls then pull the stereo out and rewire at the back to regain control over rear speakers

how do you pull the centre fascia off an AU III ??? i read somewhere u need to extract the radio before the fascia will come off?? is this true?? does any1 have any step by step hints??

Thanks all



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Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:12 am 
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AU Falcon – Centre Finish Panel ( from ford forums website au )


1. Remove radio and ash tray (see below)

2. Remove 4 screws securing Centre Finish Panel (CFP) to Instrument Panel (2 at the back of the ash tray recess and 2 on the side of radio opening).

3. Remove Glove Box.

4. Unlock plastic cable clamp securing temperature control cable inner wire to heater assembly temperature lever. (Fig. 1).

5. Pull temperature control inner wire out of the plastic cable clamp.

6. Remove temperature control cable sheath from the metal clip secured to the Instrument Panel.

7. Disconnect the 8 port vacuum connector underside of the recalculating duct.

8. Disengage the 2 metal clips on the vacuum harness used to secure the vacuum harness to the hinge strap of the instrument panel (i.e: between the heater assembly and the glove box hinge strap).

9. Gently prise the CFP away from the Instrument Panel, pulling the 5 metal spring clips away with the CFP.

10. Before completely removing the CFP, disconnect the electrical connection to the cigarette lighter and remove the ash tray bulb from the socket on the CFP.

11. Disconnect the electrical connectors at the back of the A/C controls.

12. Remove CFP, guiding the temperature control cable and vacuum harness up through the opening.

Caution: The temperature control cable poses an eye hazard and can also scratch vehicle interior components


Reverse the above procedure, ensure no kinked vacuum lines, ensure 5 metal spring clips are positioned in the Centre Finish Panel and set the temperature control by positioning control the knob to full cold and the heater assembly temperature lever fully anti clockwise.

Radio Removal

Note: Ensure you have the radio PIN code handy before commencing this operation!

Removal requires Special tool AU464 or a reasonable replica.


1. Insert each 2 prong tool into bezel until they lock.

2. Move each tool outwards and pull the audio unit rearward.

3. Disconnect the antenna lead and connectors.

4. Remove the audio unit.



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 Post subject: Re: Removing AU Fascia
Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 4:32 am 
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thanks for the guide
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