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Old July 17th, 2012, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Remove Dash Panel

I Did not completely remove mine for this how-to, but hopefully my pictures will be sufficient in helping you understand how this is performed.

Total time: 15-20 mins
Difficulty: 3/10 Its alot more simple once you understand how it is in place.
Purpose for removing: Painting or replacing
Tools Needed: 1 phillips Screwdriver,1 flathead screwdriver or pry bars, 3m heavy duty Double-sided tape or gorilla glue



STEP 1: Radio face plate by pulling it straight towards you

STEP 2: Remove Speedometer Cluster by completely lowering your steering wheel, pulling cluster straight towards you, then disconnecting the clip for the cluster

STEP 3: (not pictured) Remove the 2 vent covers



STEP 4: Pull down on this plastic piece circled



STEP 5: Open glove box and unscrew the 2 circled screws with phillips screw driver and pull down on that plastic bar the screws held up

STEP 6: Proceed to remove the dash panel.

You can start from left to right, top to bottom, or vice versa. This is what you are dealing with under the actual panel



You can see that the panel has its own platform that is seperated and a completely different material from the actual dash itself. Notice that as you pull up on the top portion of the dashpanel and uncover an excess flap thats about an inch long that outlines the top of the panel. this excess needs to be tucked back in between the panel platform and the actual dash when you go to re-install

Now focus your attention to the circle tab to the immediate left of the vent. These are spread out across the platform and these are the only thing securing the panel to the platform other than the 2 dash pieces that you already pulled down. I'll give you a closer look.



This is that circle tab i talked about earlier. its actually a small circular indent in the platform itself

This is what goes into that indent and is what adheres the panel to the platform. When prying the panel away from the platform, be careful not to rip these off. They come will tear if you pull straight up instead of prying as you pull



When you go to replace it. I strongly recommend you start with the top.

I started with the bottom. I secured the tabs tightly in place, used cheap double sided tape for it to stick to the platform, then rolled the top excess flap in place and called it done.


In 100+ degree temperature.. the double sided tape lost its adhesion abilities on the backside of the dash panel and peeled up. And those bottom tabs that i tightly secured... they were pulling the panel down making it difficult for the top excess flap to stay in place, so the end result looked like this.






So to eliminate this..secure the top first. This time around I used 3m tape and velcro so i can take off and replace as needed. If this doesnt work... I will resort to glue which will be a pretty permanent solution.

Once the top is secured, you can replace those bottom plastic panels to secure the bottom flaps of the panels, then replace the screws, cluster, vent covers, and radio face plate.




This was just a quick down and dirty. Next time i completely remove it, I will take better pictures to give you the full effect of it being completely off and of the re-installation


Thanks for viewing. any questions? Post them here.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 05:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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nice write up man. I've wanted something like this for awhile.
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For paint.. i used duplcolor grey primer, and rustoluem blue vinyl paint. i higly recommend you go with duplicolor vinyl paint
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So when you pull the speedometer cluster out can, can I remove the tpms system light bulb through that?
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I never got that crazy far into the breakdown process but my guess is no? just a guess though
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Maybe is my yr model but to get my gauge cluster out to paint it. I had 2 Phillips screws behind the rubber flap thats in between the gauge and steering.
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Maybe is my yr model but to get my gauge cluster out to paint it. I had 2 Phillips screws behind the rubber flap thats in between the gauge and steering.
yeah i was trying to remove mine by just pulling it and nope that would not work.
i didn't want to pull too hard and break something.
ill look for the two screws
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can you pull the dash and still put the cluster back in say if i needed to drive it to work but didnt finish my heater core install?
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Bumping to add some info for future readers:

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Maybe is my yr model but to get my gauge cluster out to paint it. I had 2 Phillips screws behind the rubber flap thats in between the gauge and steering.
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yeah i was trying to remove mine by just pulling it and nope that would not work.
i didn't want to pull too hard and break something.
ill look for the two screws
Indeed there are two screws that hold in the gauge cluster, here are some photos (rubber flap circled in red):

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can you pull the dash and still put the cluster back in say if i needed to drive it to work but didnt finish my heater core install?
The entire dash, including the cluster, can be put back together when the vinyl piece is completely removed. Every piece aside from the vinyl are held in by screws and/or clips and the vinyl is purely decorative.
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