|This is a lengthy
process but easy to do. It just takes
time. Patience and observation are your
best tools. Before you begin, place the
car where you can leave both doors open
all the way. Whether your car is an
automatic or standard transmission, block
the wheels to keep the car from rolling.
Disconnect the negative cable from the
battery. Remember if your car is equipped
with air conditioning, you will have air
ducts to the registers to consider. These
slip over the lower registers from the
|1. Remove the
padded dash as outlined here.
2. Remove the instrument cluster as
3. Remove the steering wheel if you have
not already done so.
4. Remove the center console if so
5. If the car has an automatic
transmission, move the lever all the way
to the rearward and cover with a shop
rag. If the car has a standard
transmission, move the shifter lever to
any rearward gear position and cover with
a shop rag.
6. Remove the Radio as outlined here.
7. Remove the glove box door by removing
the support cable with the stubby
screwdriver, remove the inside screws
holding the glove box liner and remove
the liner, then remove the three hex
bolts holding the glove box door to the
hinge and remove the glove box door.
8. Through the glove box door opening,
remove the screws holding the clips that
retain the heater box adjusting cables
and remove the cables from the adjusting
9. Through the opening where the radio
was, unplug the heater control fan switch
and the illumination light. The
illumination light should be plugged in
to a triangular shaped three hole
connector with a blue with red striped
wire. In some cases this wire may be
short enough to cause the illumination
light socket to pull out of back of the
heater controls. Just remember to push
the light socket back into place later.
10. Remove the screw below the heater
controls and slowly pull the heater
controls straight out. Note that the
adjusting cables are very stiff and you
may have to work the heater controls
around a bit to bring them and the cables
all the way out of the cavity.
11. Go to the steering column area and
remove the two screws holding the plastic
cover wrapping around the main wiring
harness at the center.
12. Remove the screw holding the round
plastic clip holding the harness just to
the left of the steering column.
13. Follow the wiring down to the
headlight switch, cigaretter lighter,
turn signal switch, ignition switch,
flashers, and wiper switches and unplug
the connectors. Be cautious with the
wiper switch as sometimes this connector
will want to remain connected and pull
the switch apart. Try to grasp the wiper
switch with one hand as you unplug the
14. Follow the main harness from left to
right and unplug any remaining components
and remove the harness from the dash
clips along the top.
15. Get a few tie strips or other means
to lift and hold the wiring harness along
it's run to the metal lip running along
the base of the windshield.
16. Remove the bolt holding the upper end
of the center support bar to the
firewall. You may want to go ahead and
remove the lower bolt as well and remove
this piece from the dash entirely.
17. Remove the screw at the bottom of the
dash holding the end of the flat thin
support bracket attached to the pedal
18. Remove the upper bolts from the
support brackets above the steering
19. Remove the two bolts holding the
bottom of the V shaped bracket to the
dash and remove the bracket.
20. Remove the three nuts holding the
steering column to the dash and let it
drop down. It won't drop much.
21. Remove the small screw at the center
where the steering column attaches.
22. Remove the two steering column
mounting bolts that are across from each
other. You may have to use a hammer to
knock them up and out. They are usually
held in place with round spring washers.
You should be able to remove the thick
triangular bracket from the dash.
23. Remove the mounting bolt going in
left through the side of the steering
column opening that holds the bracket for
the third steering column mounting nut.
24. At each end of the dash is an L
shaped bracket attaching the bottom of
the dash to the side. Remove the bolts
mounting the dash to the bracket. Leave
the bracket attached to the side. This
will allow the dash to sit on top of
25. Check to make sure all of the
electrical connections, A/C vents if
applicable, and mounting bolts are now
removed and the metal dash should be just
sitting there and able to be removed from
26. Pull the dash at the steering column
and slip it back and away from the
steering column. Then, sitting in the
passenger seat, pull the dash back and
out of the car through the passenger door
NOTE: Care has been taken to
be as accurate as possible with this
procedure. If any steps or issues have
been missed, corrections will certainly
be made to ensure accuracy.