The padded dash pad is very easy to remove. The steps are simple and require only a standard phillips and a short or stubby phillips screwdriver.
Here are the steps:
1. Place the vehicle in an area where you can open both doors all the way and leave them open.
2. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery, then open both doors all the way.This is to keep the battery from draining from the interior lights being on with the doors open.
3. There are two trim pieces, one at each lower end. One of the screws remove from the side at the door which requires the short stubby phillips screwdriver. The other screw is at the bottom of the trim piece.
4. After the trim pieces are removed, remove the phillips screws holding the ends of the pad to the metal lower dash.
5. Remove the three screws along the top edge of the instrument panel holding the pad to the instrument cluster.
6. Remove the two screws just above the radio that face straight down holding the pad down on that metal protrusion.
7. Remove the three screws along the bottom of the passenger side clock panel.
8. Remove the three screws at the base of the windshield holding the pad down.

Now the pad is loose and ready to be removed. Seat yourself in the passenger seat. The pad removal procedure will depend on whether or not you have the clock in the passenger panel. The passenger panel remains attached to the dash pad and comes out with it. If you have the clock then you need to disconnect the lights and power connections to the clock and maplight if so equipped. With the pad loose, carefully lift the passenger side of the dash up and toward you enough to get your hand in and behind the clock panel. Once the wiring has been disconnected, the pad is ready to come out. Grasp the curved part of the front of the dash just left of center with your left hand and grasp the far right end of the dash with your right hand. Carefully lift and pull the pad straight away from the windshield so that the drivers side of the dash will move over the steering wheel. When the pad clears the steering wheel, move the pad to your right and out of the car through the passenger side doorway. Lay the dash pad completely upside down on a flat table or surface. This protects the passenger side clock panel from being damaged. The clock panel is held in place on the pad by three screws along the top edge similar to the instrument cluster AND there is a screw at each end of the panel that screws in from the backside of the panel. These screws are often ignored and the plastic screw hole flanges get broken off. When the pad is installed, you can't tell whether these plastic tabs are broken or not.
Reinstallation is relatively easy and just a reverse order to it's removal.