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My turn signal and hazard lights started making a buzzing sound and working erratically so I decided to change the relay. I have remove the plastic panels right by the fuse box on the driver side. But I cannot find the way to remove the damn relay. I have somehow pushed the clips holder out so I can pull the relay but I haven't been able to retrieve the relay. I don't want to break anything.

Does anyone knows what is the trick to remove the relay.

BTW, I didn't disconnected the battery while trying to accomplish this.

Thanks a lot.
 

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There is small clip holding relay in place, when i had to remove it, i broke it. It needs a lot of force, just keep trying :) it took me like 15min and I was swearing and cursing LOL
It is stuck really good down there...
 

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There is small clip holding relay in place, when i had to remove it, i broke it. It needs a lot of force, just keep trying :) it took me like 15min and I was swearing and cursing LOL
It is stuck really good down there...
Thanks for the reply. I am going to try that. However, the technicians probably use another method, like removing the fuse panel or a relay removing tool. There might as well be no other method. Just me speculating
 

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I was finally able to remove the relay. Here are some tips I found useful:
- Depress the Parking Brake all the way down
- Remove the fuse box door, the black panel that covers the wiring under the wheel. Only need to turn the black knob on the right 90 degrees and pull. Be careful with two cables attached to the panel. You can be unplug them after detaching the panel.
- Remove the panel that hold the fuse box door, right where the hood release handle is located.
- Locate the relay. It's a rectangular gray box about 2x1 inches
- Detach the cables that cover the relay. One of them was to hard to detach so I just moved it to the side.
- Using a small flat head screw driver to move the clip out of the way with one hand while you pull the relay tilting side to side and up and down.

The tilting up down was what did the trick. I tried to remove all the panel I could so I can have room to move my hands. It take some persistence but I didn't have to pay anyone who might charge me $50+ only for labor to replay this relay. I hope it helps.
 

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I was finally able to remove the relay. Here are some tips I found useful:
  • Depress the Parking Brake all the way down
  • Remove the fuse box door, the black panel that covers the wiring under the wheel. Only need to turn the black knob on the right 90 degrees and pull. Be careful with two cables attached to the panel. You can be unplug them after detaching the panel.
  • Remove the panel that hold the fuse box door, right where the hood release handle is located.
  • Locate the relay. It's a rectangular gray box about 2x1 inches
  • Detach the cables that cover the relay. One of them was to hard to detach so I just moved it to the side.
  • Using a small flat head screw driver to move the clip out of the way with one hand while you pull the relay tilting side to side and up and down.

The tilting up down was what did the trick. I tried to remove all the panel I could so I can have room to move my hands. It take some persistence but I didn't have to pay anyone who might charge me $50+ only for labor to replay this relay. I hope it helps.
I tried several times and day to take it out with bare hands. but finally I used a curved range and it took 30 seconds...so easy. I would suggest a curved plier or range and take it out easily..
 

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Great tips! A few more:
  • There are actually two clips on the relay, facing the front and rear of your vehicle;
  • Unless you are very small or a circus contortionist, you likely won’t be able to get two hands in there to simultaneously pull those clips outward while unplugging the old relay.
  • The old relay is broken! Just use a set of vice grip locking pliers and muscle it out. You will probably mangle the plastic a bit, but it is going into the trash anyway!
  • The new relay will plug in with a little force. No tools needed.
 

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I was finally able to remove the relay. Here are some tips I found useful:
  • Depress the Parking Brake all the way down
  • Remove the fuse box door, the black panel that covers the wiring under the wheel. Only need to turn the black knob on the right 90 degrees and pull. Be careful with two cables attached to the panel. You can be unplug them after detaching the panel.
  • Remove the panel that hold the fuse box door, right where the hood release handle is located.
  • Locate the relay. It's a rectangular gray box about 2x1 inches
  • Detach the cables that cover the relay. One of them was to hard to detach so I just moved it to the side.
  • Using a small flat head screw driver to move the clip out of the way with one hand while you pull the relay tilting side to side and up and down.

The tilting up down was what did the trick. I tried to remove all the panel I could so I can have room to move my hands. It take some persistence but I didn't have to pay anyone who might charge me $50+ only for labor to replay this relay. I hope it helps.
This is the best directions to follow.. had the same problem and following this step by step .. I was successful… 👍
 
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