1. pull off all the snap-in plastic stuff on the front of the
dashboard (the simulated woodgrain crap).
2. remove the 3 bolts that hold the cover below the steering wheel, as
well as all the plastic stuff under the dashboard.
3. remove all the (7 or8) screws holding the frame that holds on the
movable vents to the dashboard.
4. you may have to drop the steering wheel in order to perform # 3
above (4 nuts that hold up the steering column, and this will require
you to release the cable that actuates the PRNDL indicator).
5. remove the 4 screws that hold the instument cluster to the
dashboard so that you can access the light bulbs - be VERY CARFUL when
you pull back the cluster as there are 2 wiring cables attached to the
IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBT ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING, I WOULD ADVISE THAT
YOU OBTAIN THE HAYNES MANUAL FOR YOUR CAR -- it's more detailed than
the description that I gave above.
Also, you should replace ALL of the light bulbs when you have the
cluster out, as you don't want to have to do it all over if a light
bulb goes out again the week after you complete your job.
(I just did a heater core last week on my '93 crown vic which required
removal of all that crap - I also had to replace a light bulb while I
was in there).
========================================================On Wed, 26 May 2004 19:27:24 -0400, "Sseaott" <Not so fast there
Thanks for the info. Why in the hell did they have to make this car this
difficult to get into? My stangs take 5 minutes to open up. Exactly how
long should this take me to do?
Also while I'm at it I might as well ask and I hope I don't get flamed for
this:) If I just wanted to disconnect the gauge pod/instrument panel from
the electric connector that it connects to to operate the pod, is there a
easier way to do this or do I have to do what you told me to do for instance
in changing the light bulbs in the pod?
On Wed, 26 May 2004 23:30:14 -0400, "Sseaott" <Not so fast there
You can probably do it in about 1 hour. Note that although you have an
analog odometer & trip odometer, that there is NO SPEEDO CABLE -- it's
You still have to remove the instrument cluster to get to the
electrical connectors. Also, be sure to put all the nuts & bolts into
ziplock bags or envelops and mark where they came from. I had several
screws "left-over" when I did my heater core. Be happy that you don't
have to replace the heater core -- that took me about 5 hours to
completely R & R the dashboard & heater core plenum.
If you are not sure about being able to do this, I would get the
Haynes manual and study it first.
Now I'm getting confused, this other guy told me all I had to do was this:
remove the switch knob, detacht trim panels. (the ones that run along the
from side to side in the middle of the dash) simply and carfully pry to
remove. then remove all the screws that hold the cover in place. once thats
off you can get to the cluster
you shouldnt have to drop the column. i would advise taking the cover off
the stering colum (i forgot about that selctor) when you take the trim off
it helps to tilt the wheel down and shift it to first then you can get the
trim panel off easyer. been a while since i took one out of a 92+
In my original post (point # 4), I stated that you "may" have to drop
the steering wheel. You will ONLY find that out when you get to that
point and find out that you can't get the cluster out. On my 1993
Crown Vic, I COULD NOT pull the cluster back without dropping the
column because the column obstructed removal of the cluster - this was
true even when putting the transmission selector into low gear and
putting the tilt wheel into the lowest position. Your experience "may"
be different -- you can't know this until you get to that point into
the cluster removal. Dropping the wheel and having to put it back up
is only about an extra 15 minutes on the length of the job. The
inportant thing is you need to drop the column is to properly
disconnect the PRNDL indicator because IT IS ATTACHED TO THE CLUSTER
on the left side -- so you MUST disconnect this indicator. Since you
HAVE TO DISCONNECT THE indisctor, YOU MUST remove the panels under the
steering column because otherwise you can't access the indicator. Once
you have dropped out the panels, it's only 4 nuts to drop the column.
Move the front seat forward so you can rest the steering wheel on it.
This job has now been described ad nauseum -- you shouldn't have any
problem with all the information that you have received. If there is
any doubt, buy the Haynes manual for $15.99.
=========================================================On Thu, 27 May 2004 17:15:15 -0400, "Sseaott" <Not so fast there
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