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Replacing clutch master cylinder - need help with fuse box removal

Searched through several threads and understand underhood fuse box needs to be moved out of the way to get at the clutch master cylinder but can't figure out how to pull the dang fuse box out...

disconnected negative lead on battery

Looking from front of car to back to the firewall (forgive my noobish terminology):

removed front vertical panel (ECU?) from brackets
removed fuse box cover
removed nut front left with wire lead
removed "bolt" from front right wire lead
loosened three bolts in the middle of the panel

Fuse box wiggles a bit and acts like it want to come apart. I can see the plastic "bracket holders" underneath the unit but there's no quick disconnect tab like on the vertical piece in front of it.

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those three screws just need to be pulled out. I think I was able to get enough leverage to pull up on them while loosening them to extract them from the box. if that doesn't work, you just need to make sure the plastic clip things are all edged out so that the top can be removed, then just pull. it literally just snaps back into place when you go to reinstall. removing the screws I remember was important to facilitate the process, but not necessary. those clips all along the side are necessary, though. you should also remove all the fuses and relays etc, because they're helping hold that top part in. once you get the top part out, there are three "blocks" under it, with 3 wire harnesses. these just snap outof place if you pull (they were held in by those 3 screws), and under one of them is a 10mm hex that will help you remove the bottom of the fuse block and get you access to that bracket holding everything. HTH

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those three screws just need to be pulled out. I think I was able to get enough leverage to pull up on them while loosening them to extract them from the box. if that doesn't work, you just need to make sure the plastic clip things are all edged out so that the top can be removed, then just pull. it literally just snaps back into place when you go to reinstall. removing the screws I remember was important to facilitate the process, but not necessary. those clips all along the side are necessary, though. you should also remove all the fuses and relays etc, because they're helping hold that top part in. once you get the top part out, there are three "blocks" under it, with 3 wire harnesses. these just snap outof place if you pull (they were held in by those 3 screws), and under one of them is a 10mm hex that will help you remove the bottom of the fuse block and get you access to that bracket holding everything. HTH
Perfect, although I can say I was hoping I didn't have to pull all the fuses/relays from a PITA perspective

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Im guessing you already replaced it but just for future reference, undo bolts that hold the actual bracket that is holding the fuse box and one of the bolt is on the frame, and the other bolt is on the coolant reservoir. Once you do that you can pull the whole thing forward and it will give you more than enough space to reach in there an remove it.
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Im guessing you already replaced it but just for future reference, undo bolts that hold the actual bracket that is holding the fuse box and one of the bolt is on the frame, and the other bolt is on the coolant reservoir. Once you do that you can pull the whole thing forward and it will give you more than enough space to reach in there an remove it.
Ya, little late to the party, thanks though...just did it like hawlyns suggested...now that I've done it once, NP whatsoever.

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Anyone know what size the bolt is that attaches to the frame by chance?
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Anyone know what size the bolt is that attaches to the frame by chance?
You talking about the bolts for the bracket the holds the PCM and fusebox?

Two top nuts are 10mm and the bottom bolt is 13mm IIRC.

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