Shifter bezel, center bezel, and radio removal for a 01-04 mustang with the din and 1/2 setup.
A good set of hands
Here's a pic of what it all looks like to begin with.
First thing you want to do is put your fingers around the area of the circles, anywhere in there will work. Push towards the outside of the car slightly and pull towards yourself. There are 4 pins holding this part in. It may take a little effort if this is the first time for this piece to be removed, mine just kinda falls out now almost.
Once you get the shifter bezel unhooked you will have a cigarette lighter wire to unhook. Take a small screwdriver and push in on the spot in the circle and pull the harness out of the holder, ignore my wires I have tapped in, they are for other things.
Once you unhook this wire, set the shifter bezel off to the side and now you can start on the center bezel. It will look like this:
Push in with your fingers where the circles are and pull towards you, the bottom pins will snap out. Then move to the sides of the radio, put your fingers on that part of the bezel, push inward there and towards yourself. Then the easiest way to get the top out is to grab the bezel where it has came off the air conditioning controls and pull outward there on each side. Do not be afraid to put a little force into this, it is some strong plastic, and will not break very easily.
Once you have all that unhooked it will look like this:
You now have the defroster switch, the traction control switch (if equipped), and the fog light switch (if equipped) to unhook. Do these the same way you unhooked the cigarette lighter harness. Use a small screwdriver or something of that nature, push in on the pin, and the harness will pop right out. Repeat this process on each switch as equipped. You can then remove the bezel and put it somewhere safe to paint or do whatever with. The center bezel section will now look like this:
If you are removing the stereo, there are two bolts on the bottom of the cd player holding the cd player in. I believe they are 8mm bolts but they may be 7mm, I will check on this later. Unhook the harness from the back and the antenna wire from the back and you are good to go, it slides right out.
To reinstall all this just follow the steps backwards, it all pops right back into place.