Removing drivers side instrument panel access opening on a 2000 Buick Century

Tiny
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  • 2000 BUICK CENTURY
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
How do you remove the drivers side instrument panel access opening on a 2000 Buick Century.
I tried to open it like the one on the opposite side of the car with the fuse compartment, but I feel like I am just going to break something if I continue attempting to get it to pop off like the one on the other side does. Is there some trick to it? I'd rather not break something if there is a way to get it to release without doing so.
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Friday, October 30th, 2015 AT 2:07 PM

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Tiny
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The right side is designed to be removed. The left side is not.
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Saturday, October 31st, 2015 AT 4:40 AM
Tiny
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I am fairly certain that the reason my turn signals do not work (intermittently) on my 2000 Buick Century, is that the flasher/relay needs to be replaced. However, I am having a hard time actually finding or getting to it to replace it.
Some sources have said it is located on the inside of the drivers side dash access panel on the very end of the dash that you see when you open the drivers side front door. Your sources tell me that you cannot remove that panel, unlike the similar fuse box cover panel on the passenger side. Now I cannot figure out quite how to get up inside that area of the car to try and get my eyes and hands on the flasher/relay to remove and replace it. What is the EXACT procedure to get access to that area? There is a fibrous carpet colored panel covering that general area. But I can't quite even figure out how to remove that without damaging the retaining plastic things holding it in place. Please give me the best description you can to open that area up and be able to access and change that flasher/relay unit. Thank you
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Friday, November 6th, 2015 AT 1:23 PM
Tiny
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My information tells me it's Top rear right side of the engine

https://www.2carpros.com/images/external/83475495.jpg.gif
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Friday, November 6th, 2015 AT 2:11 PM
Tiny
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I looked in the engine compartment, which is seems you are saying it is there, but there was nothing remotely resembling this picture in there. So, I have to assume it is on the passenger compartment drivers side of the firewall behind the engine compartment. Which is helpful, but it still brings me back to my original question, which you did not answer. How do I safely remove all the carpet textured and colored panel above the driver's legs without breaking the fasteners, etc. Please give a detailed explanation of that process. I did contribute money for your assistance, and if you would clearly and completely answer my actual question, I would be more than happy to give a much more generous donation the next time I have a question. Please help. In fact, if you can actually assist me in solving my problem of finding and gaining access to this part, I will make another donation right now. Please help.
Thank you,
Tom Wright
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Friday, November 6th, 2015 AT 4:44 PM
Tiny
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The manufacturer doesn't publish instructions on basic things such are removing the insulating panel under the dash and I can't tell you from memory exactly what holds each one in. Some use plastic push pins. Some have push snaps built right into the panel and some have a couple of screws. If I were looking at it I would know instantly.

If you want to try to post a picture of the edge of the panel closest to the driver I might be able to tell you.
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Friday, November 6th, 2015 AT 5:35 PM
Tiny
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Seems like "plastic push pins". How do you remove them without breaking them? Thanks for your help.
Tom
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Friday, November 6th, 2015 AT 5:47 PM
Tiny
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We have a tool with a fork on the end that you slip under and pry them out.

https://www.2carpros.com/images/external/SGT87810.jpg
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Friday, November 6th, 2015 AT 5:52 PM
Tiny
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I have one of those! I inherited it from my father in law. Always wondered what it was for! Thank you. I appreciate your help.
Tom
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Friday, November 6th, 2015 AT 6:05 PM

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