ok good so I don't have to take apart the dash then. I'll give this a try later thanks!
If all you need is access to something near the lighter you can remove the front of the console. It is really easy. Park the car on a flat surface, set the emergency brake, and move the shift lever (manual or automatic) as far away from the dash as it will go (else it tends to get in the way.) Aim the two center vents up, stick your fingers in below them, and pull down and forward. Very little force is needed, it will pop right out. Release the electrical connector to the emergency flasher (push in on a tab with a small screwdriver to unlock it). If that isn't enough space you can disassemble further from there. Reassembly is just everything in reverse, except you generally have to push the bezel on fairly firmly to get it to snap into place.