2007 Jeep Compass

Instrument Panel

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
To avoid personal injury or death, on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the supplemental restraint system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, occupant classification system, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the supplemental restraint system. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.


CAUTION
To avoid personal injury or death on vehicles equipped with the Occupant Classification System (OCS), only the Occupant Classification Module (OCM) and the seat cushion trim may be serviced separately. All other components of the passenger side front seat cushion assembly must be serviced only as a complete factory-calibrated, assembled, and tamper-evident service replacement package. This package includes the frame, springs, pad, bladder, sensor, foam, wiring, and a calibrated OCM. When installing this package, always replace all of the existing components with the new components as a unit. Do not attempt to separate or disconnect any of the new OCS components in the service replacement package from each other, and do not attempt to reuse any of the replaced components in this or any other vehicle. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in failure of the passenger airbag to deploy when required, or in passenger airbag deployment when not required.


WARNING
On vehicles equipped with OCS, never replace both the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) and the OCM at the same time. If both require replacement, replace one. Then, perform the supplemental restraint verification test before replacing the other. Both the ORC and the OCM store OCS calibration data, which they transfer to one another when one of them is replaced. If both are replaced at the same time, an irreversible fault will be set in both modules.

Removal of the instrument panel involves many screws of different sizes. As you work on each individual trim module, tag and bag the screws to ease installation. Refer to the illustrations to aid in identifying the locations of the securing screws and clips. To avoid damaging the panels, use care when prying the panels to detach their securing clips.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative (-) cable from the battery and isolate the cable.
  4.  
  5. Set the parking brake lever in the up position.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 2 screws from the console bin.
  8.  
  9. Lift the center floor console (4) up at the front from underneath right hand and left hand sides of console base at the same time and release the console clips (1).
  10.  
  11. Lift the console from the rear and release the rear clips (3).
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the electrical connector (6).
  14.  
  15. Lift the center floor console up and over the park break lever and remove.

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    Fig. Lift the center floor console up at the front and release the console clips

  16.  
  17. Remove shift knob and shift bezel.
  18.  
  19. Remove 2 screws.
  20.  
  21. Pull on side of housing (1) and unsnap housing tabs.
  22.  
  23. Disconnect console housing wire connector (2) and instrument panel connector (3).
  24.  
  25. Remove from vehicle.

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    Fig. Remove the shifter bezel housing

  26.  
  27. Remove the bolts at the shifter.
  28.  
  29. Separate the shift cable from the shifter.
  30.  
  31. Lift the shifter enough to gain access to electrical connector.
  32.  
  33. Unplug the electrical connector at the shifter.
  34.  
  35. Remove the shifter.
  36.  
  37. Release the front retaining clips (4) and position the front of the door scuff aside to access the cowl trim (1).

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    Fig. Release the front retaining clips and position the front of the door scuff aside to access the cowl trim

  38.  
  39. Remove the fastener (2) and release the retaining clip.
  40.  
  41. Guide the trim off the hood release, and remove.

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    Fig. Remove the cowl trim panel from around the hood release

  42.  
  43. Using trim stick C-4755, or equivalent, separate the snap clips and remove the steering column opening cover.

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    Fig. Using a trim stick, separate the snap clips and remove the steering column opening cover

  44.  
  45. Remove the screws (2) and remove the steering column reinforcement (1).

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    Fig. Remove the screws (2) and remove the steering column reinforcement (1)

  46.  
  47. Using trim stick C-4755, or equivalent, carefully pry the instrument panel center bezel (2) away from the instrument panel (1).
  48.  
  49. Disconnect the electrical connectors and the mechanical connections to the HVAC.
  50.  
  51. Remove the center bezel from the IP.

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    Fig. Remove the center bezel (2) from the instrument panel (1)

  52.  
  53. Remove the driver and passenger A-pillars from the vehicle. Using trim stick C-4755, or equivalent, release the clips and separate the A-pillar trim panel from the A-pillar.
  54.  
  55. Using a trim stick, carefully pry up on the defroster grille (1) to disengage the clip retainers from the instrument panel (2).
  56.  
  57. Remove the defroster grille from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Using a trim stick, carefully pry up on the defroster grille (1) to disengage the clip retainers from the instrument panel (2)

  58.  
  59. Disconnect the electrical connectors at the A-pillars.

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    Fig. Disconnect the electrical connectors at the A-pillars

  60.  
  61. Remove the driver and passenger side end caps.
  62.  
  63. Remove the passenger side silencer pad.
  64.  
  65. Disconnect the radio antenna.
  66.  
  67. Disconnect the HVAC wire harness connectors (1 and 2).
  68.  
  69. Separate the center wire harness (3).

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    Fig. Disconnect the HVAC wire harness connectors

  70.  
  71. Reposition the floor carpeting to access the steering column coupling at the base of the column.
  72.  
  73. Position the front wheels of vehicle in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position, then turn the steering wheel to the right until the intermediate shaft coupling bolt (3) at the base of the column can be accessed.
  74.  
  75. Remove the intermediate shaft coupling bolt (3). Do not separate the intermediate shaft (2) from the steering gear pinion shaft (4) at this time.

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    Fig. Remove the intermediate shaft coupling bolt. Do not separate the intermediate shaft from the steering gear pinion shaft at this time

  76.  
  77. Remove the steering wheel. Refer to Steering Wheel, removal & installation.
  78.  
  79. Position the column tilt at the full-upward position.
  80.  
  81. Remove the steering column opening cover.
  82.  
  83. Remove the steering column cover reinforcement panel 4 screws.
  84.  
  85. Remove the 2 screws (4) attaching the upper shroud (1) to the lower shroud (2). After removing the screws, unclip the shrouds from each other by applying hand pressure along the seams where the shrouds connect on the sides, then remove the upper shroud.
  86.  
  87. Push the tilt lever (5) downward.
  88.  
  89. Remove the screw (3) attaching the lower shroud (2) to the steering column (6). Remove the lower shroud.
  90.  
  91. Push the tilt lever (5) upward, locking it in place.

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    Fig. Remove the upper and lower steering column shrouds

  92.  
  93. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, disconnect the ignition shift interlock cable at the steering column.
    1. Insert the ignition key into the key cylinder and turn it to the ON position.
    2.  
    3. Depress the tab on top of the interlock cable connector and pull the cable out of the lock cylinder housing.
    4.  

  94.  
  95. Disconnect the wiring harness connectors (2) at the Steering Column Control Module (SCCM) (1).

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    Fig. Disconnect the wiring harness connectors (2) at the Steering Column Control Module (1)

  96.  
  97. Disconnect all other wiring harness connectors at the column components.
  98.  
  99. Separate the intermediate shaft (2) at the base of the column from the steering gear pinion shaft (4).
    NOTE
    If the same steering column is to be reinstalled, clamp the tilt lever to lock the column in place so that it can be easily reinstalled in the same orientation.

  100.  
  101. Remove the 1 mounting bolt (left lower) (2) attaching the steering column to the instrument panel (3).
  102.  
  103. Remove the 3 mounting nuts (1) attaching the steering column to the instrument panel (3).
  104.  
  105. Remove the steering column from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Remove the mounting bolt (left lower) attaching the steering column to the instrument panel and the mounting nuts attaching the steering column to the instrument panel

  106.  
  107. Disconnect the main wire harness connectors at the driver's side cowl.

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    Fig. Disconnect the main wire harness connectors at the driver's side cowl

  108.  
  109. Disconnect the wire harness connectors at the driver's side A-pillar.
  110.  
  111. Remove the HVAC-to-I/P screws (1).

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    Fig. Remove the HVAC-to-I/P screws (1)

  112.  
  113. Remove the passenger side support bolts (2).

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    Fig. Remove the passenger side support bolts (2)

  114.  
  115. Remove the center support bolts.
  116.  
  117. Remove the driver's side support bolts (2).

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    Fig. Remove the driver's side support bolts (2)

  118.  
  119. Remove the fence line bolts.
  120.  
  121. Remove the instrument panel (1) from the support hooks (2), then remove it from the vehicle.

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    Fig. Remove the instrument panel (1) from the support hooks (2)

  122.  

To install:

  1. Install the I/P assembly (1) into the vehicle and position onto the support hooks and alignment pins.
  2.  
  3. Install the left side support bolts and tighten to 16 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the center support bolt and tighten to 16 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the passenger side support bolts and tighten to 16 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Install the fence line bolts and tighten to 16 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install the center I/P to HVAC screws.
  12.  
  13. Connect the wire harness and ground at the A-pillar.
  14.  
  15. Connect the main wire harness connectors at the driver's side cowl.
  16.  
  17. If the steering column is being replaced, assemble components on the steering column, as necessary, before column installation.
    NOTE
    When installing a tilt column, do not release the tilt lever from the locked position until after the column is installed on the instrument panel.

  18.  
  19. Install the steering column through the steering column opening.
  20.  
  21. Raise the column onto the mounting studs and install the 3 mounting nuts (1) on the studs and the 1 bolt (2).
    NOTE
    When tightening the fasteners in the following step, make sure there is no gap between the column flange and the instrument panel support at bolt.

  22.  
  23. Starting with the left upper nut and proceeding in a clockwise tightening sequence ending at the bolt (left lower), tighten all 4 mounting fasteners to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm).
  24.  
  25. Verify the front wheels of vehicle are in the STRAIGHT-AHEAD position.
  26.  
  27. Collapse the intermediate shaft (2). Center it over the steering gear pinion shaft (4), lining up the ends, then slide the intermediate shaft onto the steering gear pinion shaft. Do not install the intermediate shaft coupling bolt (3) at this time. The bolt can be more easily installed in a later step.
  28.  
  29. Connect the wiring harness connectors (2) to the SCCM (1).
  30.  
  31. Connect any other the wiring harness connectors.
  32.  
  33. If equipped with an automatic transaxle, connect the ignition shift interlock cable to the steering column.
    1. Insert the ignition key into the key cylinder and turn it to the ON position.
    2.  
    3. Push the interlock cable connector (2) into the lock cylinder housing (1) until it clicks into place.
    4.  
    5. Make sure the ignition-shift interlock feature operates properly.

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      Fig. Push the interlock cable connector (2) into the lock cylinder housing (1) until it clicks into place

    6.  

  34.  
  35. Push the tilt lever (5) downward.
  36.  
  37. Install the lower shroud (2) over the tilt lever and onto the column.
  38.  
  39. Position the column tilt (5) at the full-upward position.
  40.  
  41. Push the tilt lever (5) upward, locking it in place.
  42.  
  43. Install the screw (3) attaching the lower shroud (2) to the steering column (6).
  44.  
  45. Position the column tilt at the full-downward position and lock it in place.
  46.  
  47. Install the upper shroud over the lower shroud, clipping the shrouds to one another.
  48.  
  49. Install the 2 screws (4) attaching the upper shroud (1) to the lower shroud (2).
  50.  
  51. Position the column tilt at the full-upward position.
  52.  
  53. Install the steering column reinforcement panel (1) and 4 screws (2).
  54.  
  55. Install the steering column opening cover.
    WARNING
    When installing the steering wheel, the clockspring must be centered in its travel to avoid overextending the clockspring inner parts, causing the clockspring to become inoperative. If removed and handled properly using the correct procedures, it should be in the centered position. If there is any question as to whether the clockspring is in the centered position of travel, perform the clockspring centering procedure before proceeding. Refer to Air Bag (Supplemental Restraint System), Clockspring Centering.

  56.  
  57. Install the steering wheel and the retaining bolt. Tighten the steering wheel retaining bolt to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm). Refer to Steering Wheel, removal & installation.
  58.  
  59. Connect the wiring connector at the clockspring.
  60.  
  61. Install the driver airbag.
  62.  
  63. From center, rotate the steering wheel to the right approximately 90° or until the shaft coupling pinch bolt (3) can be easily installed.
  64.  
  65. Install the intermediate shaft coupling bolt (3). Tighten the bolt to 31 ft. lbs. (42 Nm).
  66.  
  67. Reposition the floor carpet in place.
  68.  
  69. Straighten the steering wheel to STRAIGHT AHEAD position.
  70.  
  71. Position the center wire harness and seat the push pin fasteners fully.
  72.  
  73. Connect the HVAC wire harness connectors.
  74.  
  75. Connect the radio antenna.
  76.  
  77. Install the passenger side silencer pad.
  78.  
  79. Install the driver and passenger side end caps and seat fully.
  80.  
  81. Connect the A-pillar wire harness electrical connector (3).
  82.  
  83. Place the center bezel (2) into position and connect the electrical connectors.
  84.  
  85. Connect the mechanical connections and seat the center bezel fully to the I/P (1).
  86.  
  87. Install the defroster grille and A-pillar trim panels.
  88.  
  89. Install the steering column reinforcement (1) and install the screws (2