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Ok, been looking on the googles, youtube and even here, but I figure I should ask just incase,, but I am trying to see if there is any information on removing the interior trim pieces at the A pillar so I can run my dash cam wire and route it to the fuse panel, does anyone know of a guide or any service manuals that show how to remove the actual pillar piece so I can finish routing my install wire to the fuse box?

Just in in case, yes I do have a service manual but it stops at the 2014 year and is marked for 2010-2014 year range. (I am guessing there was almost no changes to interior so that is why I am using this one)
 
If your heart is set in going to the fuse box, go for it. But I just installed a 12v buck giving me usb c and USB-A 3.0 (12V USB Outlet, Dual Quick Charge... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09D34DTTZ) above the rear view mirror and in front of the upper console (sunglasses holder thing) into the headliner. It’s a super easy and clean way to add power to the roof for your dashcam.

Just tap into the map light power and your good to go!

If you need a cigarette lighter port instead, this would instal very similarly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TTNF118/

And questions, let me jnow
 
In general, removing interior trim pieces is pretty easy if you know the proper procedure and have the appropriate trim removal tools. I like plastic trim tools to minimize the chance of marring the trim.

How do you learn how to remove the trim? Youtube plus checking the appropriate manual for your car. I would always recommend double-checking the manual as there can be issues when messing with trim panels that cover airbags. I'm not 100% sure about the Leaf, but quite a few cars house potentially dangerous airbag components behind the A pillar trim. Obviously you always disconnect the battery when dealing with airbag components, but regardless you don't want to damage any part of your safety equipment.

If you're set on placing a wire behind the A pillar, I would first check to see if you can do it without removing the trim. Depending on the thickness of your wire, you might be able to work it under the edge without actually removing trim.
 
There is a good video on how to add a dashcam here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_54dMrWdIg

I could add it without using any wire ties, I just tucked it under the headliner, and it stayed in place perfectly.

I also added a rear dashcam and one piece of advice get yourself a stiff piece of wire. It will help you pull the camera cable through the door pillars. There is a void space between the front and back door, so once you remove the rubber seals from around the door frame, you can run the cable along there.

I can add some pictures. Later on.
 
I understand this is an old thread ... but pls do not tamper with curtain airbag by running wire across the A- or C pillar...

Here is the passenger, I would venture the same on the driver side ...

Safe route is pop the pillar, and carefully route the wire away ( along the windshield) from the airbag ..

Of course, it your life, and make sure you document what you did when you sell your car :) I am sure the buyer would love to see/hear what you say....Screenshot 2024-05-04 at 9.35.16 AM.png
 

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I understand this is an old thread ... but pls do not tamper with curtain airbag by running wire across the A- or C pillar...

Here is the passenger, I would venture the same on the driver side ...

Safe route is pop the pillar, and carefully route the wire away ( along the windshield) from the airbag ..

Of course, it your life, and make sure you document what you did when you sell your car :) I am sure the buyer would love to see/hear what you say....View attachment 3941
Thanks for posting this. I just installed on my leaf. Definitely didn't want to interfere with the airbag.
 
I’m (still :/) in the midst of installing trailer lighting and the wires are best installed hidden under trim so I’ve had to remove some. A trim tool (which looks like a nail puller except the interior is two square cuts instead of one V) helps a lot. It looked to a fiend of mine the rear bottom half of the rear seat had to be pulled to access the b(??) pillar trim which as far as I’ve gotten yet. I’ve got to do the a too though and I strongly suspect it is held on the same way, which is to say hidden clips and these weird double pins. The trim tool helps with both.. I wish the locations of the various pins and clips was documented. I’ve been unable to find any though.
 
I understand this is an old thread ... but pls do not tamper with curtain airbag by running wire across the A- or C pillar...

Here is the passenger, I would venture the same on the driver side ...

Safe route is pop the pillar, and carefully route the wire away ( along the windshield) from the airbag ..

Of course, it your life, and make sure you document what you did when you sell your car :) I am sure the buyer would love to see/hear what you say....View attachment 3941
You wouldn’t have any diagrams like that for the floor trim would you?
 
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