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tips for removing dash assembly

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I think I have the dash just about free. When I pull it away, do all the wires stay with the steel frame ? Furthermore, I also have to disconnect the vent hoses ?

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38) On the drivers side, about in the middle of the lower frame, the weather stripping is cut. Carefully lift the part leading to the front and pull it up so that you expose a plastic trim panel.
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39) Gently pry open the panel. This should not require a great amount of force.
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40) Remove the 2 black bolts, which are Torx-30.
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41) Repeat for the passengers side.


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42) Under the center console, on the drivers side there are 2 torx-30 bolts that need to be removed.
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43) Under the center console, on the passengers side there are 2 torx-30 bolts that need to be removed. In the picture I show only the lower one, with the arrow pointing up towards the second bolt.
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44) Time to remove the speedometer cluster. Remove 5 bolts. Take care not to drop an down into the dash.
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45) Disconnect the battery and wait 24 hours before proceeding. It is imperative that there is no chance that the airbags accidentally deploy while you are working in the area.

46) On the back of the speedometer cluster, carefully remove the 2 cable heads. Be careful not to damage any components on the back.
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47) In the passengers footwell, look up into the airbag well. Remove the left side wide nut that anchors the dash to the frame.
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48) Remove the right side wide nut that anchors the dash to the frame.
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49) On the underside of the steering column, you need to remove the plastic cover. Remove 3 small phillips screws.
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50) Unplug the yellow and black connectors on the underside of the steering column.
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51) Don't forget the free connector on the lock cylinder.
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52) In the drivers side footwell, there is the main junction box. Remove the 6 cable heads. As far as I can tell these are each unique so there is no question of putting them back in incorrectly.
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53) Open the fuse box in the drivers side footwell. Disconnect the 2 cable heads.
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54) On the passengers side footwell, on the center column, there is a cable to a ……not sure what this does. Disconnect the cable.
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I hit a snag. I left the steering wheel on, but there is no way I can get the dash out - the steering wheel blocks removal, even if its set to its lowest position. Is it possible to drop the entire steering column by unbolting it, which would hopefully give me enough room ?

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To refine what I said in the last post - I could unbolt the 4 bolts that secure the steering column to the support column. I can then drop the entire thing a few more inches which should give me clearance to get the dash out. However, I am concerned that the steering column has only a limited degree of freedom (similar to how you should not over-bend a CV joint) and letting it droop would damage the steering shaft joints.

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Anyone…. can I drop the steering column a few inches (rests on the seat) without damaging the couplings ?

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Did you get this done ?
I followed along with you for most of my removal, there are quite a few harnesses to unplug that you did not cover.

As for the column, yes you can drop it down.
 

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Sorry for the delays, I do have more pics. I got to the point of getting the dash out, into my workshop. I ended up getting the airbag and steering wheel off. Now that I have the tiger by the tail, I am struggling to figure out the best way to reseat the vinyl coating, which has somewhat peeled off the plastic frame.

I will try and post more pics this weekend.

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Time to remove the airbag.

First, disconnect the battery and for good measure, remove it from the car. Let the car sit 24 hours. Yes, this is probably overkill, but why take chances. The last thing you need is an airbag deploying on your face. best also to wear safety glasses.

On the backside of the steering wheel, there are two rows of 3 holes (see pic). The middle hole on each side houses a retaining screw that holds the airbag in. Reports vary on the screw - some ay say Torx 20, 25 or 30. Mine was Torx-30. Undo both both bolts. Once both bolts are free, the airbag can come out.

The airbag will be connected by a cable. Carefully disconnect the cable. Store the airbag, face down, in a safe location.

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I should of posted something this summer when I finished, but I did, and it looks good. When you have the dash out, make sure to carefully inspect it for lifting off the plastic frame. This is an ideal time to glue down the vinyl onto the frame if its coming loose. I had to use a heat gun, lots of spray glue, and multiple clamps. It took a week of slow, careful work, but it was worth it. once finished, I got the dash back in but reversing my steps (it was a lot easier), and done !

Take your time, and you can do this.

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