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Old 05-12-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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My A/C has been warm since I got the car, so I finally took it in to get looked at and they said the evaporator had a pretty bad leak and wanted $900 to fix it. I definetely don't have 9 bills to throw at that right now, so I called up the salvage yard and they have one for $85 bucks that they're going to pull out for me.

So, how do you get the dash out? I've got everything out that I can see that'* holding it, and the bottom moves but it still feels like it'* attached at the top to something. I did pull the defroster screen deal off and take those bolts out, but it'* still not moving.

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Maybe it will help:

First remove the fascia from around the instrument panel and radio.

There are two plastic rivets going up into the fascia above the instrument cluster. Press the center of the rivets upward (pics 1 & 2) and then carefully pry the rivets out (pic 3).




Pry the trim ring off the ignition switch (pic 4) notice I put electrical tape around the screwdriver blade to avoid marring the trim. Then pull out the 'cubby hole' on the left of the wheel (pic 5). Tilt the wheel all the way down and pull the panel off the dash (pic 6).




Reach behind the right side and disconnect the connector(pic7). Carefully tweek the panel to get it around the wheel and out of the way.

Next remove the defroster grille. Pry under the corner and begin pulling it up (Pic 8 ). Before you can remove the grille you need to disconnect or remove the Twilight Sentinel sensor. This is a real bear. It is supposed to untwist a quarter turn but I disconnected the connector instead - it still wasn't easy (pic 9).




Now remove the caps on the ends of the dash that but against the doors when they are closed. Grab as shown and pull (pic 10). They will pivot as shown (pics 11 & 12). Remove 8 screws. There is one on the passenger side where you just removed the end cap (pic 13).




There are 5 along the base of the windshield (pics 14 & 15). Be careful not to drop your tool or the screws down the defroster duct ! (Guess how I know about this ). The last two are above the instrument cluster on each side (pics 16 & 17).




Pry the top of the A Pillar trim and pull off then slide back (pics 18, 19 & 20).




Pry up the dash pad and remove (pics 21, 22 & 23).


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Old 05-13-2008, 09:01 PM   #3
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If it'* anything at all like our Dodge Caravan, the dash is assembled at a supplier and then dropped in before the windshield is installed. To R&R the dash on the Caravan is 6 hours + whatever it is you are in there for.
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It'* real easy, takes 15 to 20 minutes...

See my previous post.
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