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Old 10-25-2005, 08:32 PM   #1
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As stated months ago, I was going to take my dash apart and take pictures for any who might find the info helpful. Here finally is the result and I hope I'm posting in the right place.

Step #1
Remove the top vent cover #1, Turn cap off of light sensor, which is under the vent cover #2, Pop out the side window defogger cover #3, and remove the plastic wood panel #4. I would suggest removing the panel from the left-side by the compass as it seems to come off better that way. Be carefull not to break it.


Step #2
Remove the 6 torx screws as shown on the picture. The three top screws by the window will be longer so make sure you place them aside to use them in the right place again. After you have the 6 screws removed, make sure your Steering wheel is lowered (Easier to remove dash) and pull the dash up and towards you. It'* all one big piece, so place outside the car or backseat.


Step #3
To remove the instrument panel you will have to remove the heater control. After removing the 4 screws, pull it out and remove the wire harness into it then place on backseat for now. And yes, I need to clean out my ashtray.


Step #4
This step isn't really needed to remove the instrument panel, but it makes it easier to unscrew the screw beside it and if you happen to drop the screw when taking it out, it'* easy to get. Just remove the two screws and hang it down to get the lamp switch out of the way.


Step #5
Now remove the 5 screws holding the instrument panel in place, then wiggle on both sides till it slides out. Don't pull it away from the dash yet as we need to remove the wires behind it. I placed it on the steering wheel so I could remove the wires going into the back.


Step #6
Now you should have what you see in this picture. Unplug both wire sets and remove the panel. Now you can check connectors or the wiring if that'* what was needed.


Step #7
This step is to show what I did for wiring when I installed my front dash speakers. You can easily run the wires under the plastic to hide them. I ran both my speaker wires and the amp wires from the trunk through here. Worked great for me.


Step #8
When done working on the car, run backwards through the steps and your car is back good as new. I hope someone finds this info helpful.

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just curious as to the point of all that work?? Very nice illustrated step by step process though.
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I was bored. :P But really, I remember reading a few posts asking about this and all that was stated was read the techinfo section. Now the techinfo has a nice writeup about it, but it would be nicer with pictures so I made this to complement it.
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I was bored. :P But really, I remember reading a few posts asking about this and all that was stated was read the techinfo section. Now the techinfo has a nice writeup about it, but it would be nicer with pictures so I made this to complement it.
damn...if you are that bored I have some interior leaks that need fixing
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Sure, sounds good to me. Bring the car this way and I'll get right to work on that.
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do you make house calls? i think there is a market for bonneville repair men...
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Sure I can make house calls, but do you really want a computer nerd working on your car? Don't ask me how I fixed my broken nut for the T-Stat cover...I used a computer part to fix it.
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lol well sometimes if it werent for half assing, nothing would ever get done.
p.*. how much of a computer nerd are you? i also tend to dabble in the nerdly arts
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Too much of a nerd I think. lol I've done it all, build computers, fix them, owned a computer store, ran a computer store, been a professional 3D Level Designer etc..etc. I only wish I knew the same amount about cars.
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Too much of a nerd I think. lol I've done it all, build computers, fix them, owned a computer store, ran a computer store, been a professional 3D Level Designer etc..etc. I only wish I knew the same amount about cars.
You're starting to freak me out. Computer nerd from Winnipeg with an 89 SSE. That'* exactly what I am.
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