Step 1: Dash Removal
First start by removing the radio. I'm
not going to explain how to do that here because chances are if you're going
to pull the dash you probably already put a decent radio in. So lets
Lighting and HVAC Panels:
1. Remove the two phillips
screws at the bottom of each panel. Gently pull the panel out to
expose wiring. The headlight switches just use standard plastic latch
type connections, use a flat head screwdriver to lift the tabs while pulling
the plug. Be careful not the break the tabs.
For the climate control, remove the 3
standard connections, 2 on the top, and one on the side. To remove the
climate vacuum hoses, remove the 2 retaining cups on each side with small
pliers, and remove. The temperature cable can be removed by first
removing the retainer cup on the eyehole of the cable then insert a small
screwdriver on the inside where the red tab connects to the cluster.
2. Using a 11mm socket with
extension, remove the two bolts on opposite ends of the dash at the bottom,
near the kickpanels.
3. Remove this support bracket
from the bottom middle of the dash near the heater vent.
4. Now remove the screw for the
e-brake and remove the cable from the latch. Reach under the dash and
pull the latch up while grabbing the end of the cable and sliding it out of
the slot on the latch.
Remove the bottom panel under the steering
wheel. This is a series of phillips headed screws. 4 up top, 2
in the middle, and 2 down below. On some models there is a cover at
the very bottom of the dash. Remove with either flat head or 7mm
socket, and also a 10mm nut located near the gas pedal.
6. Once both panels are removed,
use a 10mm socket with a long extention to remove the 4 nuts attaching the
cluster housing to the dash.
7. Next, 4 more nuts will remove
the instrument cluster. If you have a cable driven speedo, disconnect
the cable by pressing the tab at the bottom of the speedo cable. You
might not be able to see it, feel around for it.
8. Now remove the hood release
latch cable from the bottom of the dash. While you're down
there, remove the 2 light sockets from under the dash.
9. You have the choice of either
removing the steering column entirely, or lowering it down a bit. Its
less wor to just lower it, so remove the nut shown on the left on both sides
to lower the column. Leave the bolts a few threads turned to avoid
stress on the column. When youre ready to pull the dash, then remove
10. Next is the door chimer.
The 7mm screws are located on the inside so you have to go under the dash
and pull them. I used one of those thumb ratchets and it worked nicely
for such a small space.
11. Finally remove the (4) 7mm
screws next on each side of the defroster vents. If the screws don't
seem to be coming out and just turning, pull the dash slightly to create
Congrats! You made it this far!
The dash is ready to come out. Take a look and notice where wires are
coming and going because youll have to make sure they are in the correct
area when you put it back together! Every plug is unique and easily
Remove the 2 bolts the we previously loosened and pull the dash gently out.
Using a 7mm socket, remove the tie-down clips on the inside of the back of
the dash where the large wire loom runs. I cant remember for sure but
I think there are 2 of these. Just follow along with your fingers and
see where its connected to the dash.
The dash should be completely unconnected
from everything. Just inch it out, making sure there aren't any wires
getting caught or pulled, and you're done!