AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

Control Head

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION - Matador



1975-77 MODELS
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the instrument cluster bezel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the clock or clock opening cover.
  6.  
  7. If equipped, remove the fuel economy gauge.
  8.  
  9. Remove the control head attaching screws.
  10.  
  11. Pull the control head out slightly and disconnect the cables, vacuum hoses and wires. It's a good idea to label the hoses and wires so that you'll remember where they go.
  12.  
  13. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the cables as necessary.
  14.  

1978 MODELS
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the right side remote mirror control.
  4.  
  5. Remove the instrument cluster bezel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the clock or clock opening cover.
  8.  
  9. If equipped, remove the fuel economy gauge.
  10.  
  11. Remove the control head attaching screws.
  12.  
  13. Pull the control head out slightly and disconnect the cables, vacuum hoses and wires. It's a good idea to label the hoses and wires so that you'll remember where they go.
  14.  
  15. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the cables as necessary.
  16.  

The fan switch attaching screw is accessible on the back of the panel after panel removal.

1975-77 Hornet, 1975-78 Gremlin and 1978 Gremlin and AMX Models

WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING
  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the instrument panel center housing.
  4.  
  5. Remove the radio.
  6.  
  7. Remove the control head attaching screws.
  8.  
  9. Pull the control head out slightly and disconnect the cables, vacuum hoses and wires. It's a good idea to label the hoses and wires so that you'll remember where they go.
  10.  
  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the cables as necessary.
  12.  

WITH AIR CONDITIONING

See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: Control head and vacuum line components on all 1975-78 models except Pacer with A/C

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the instrument panel center housing.
  4.  
  5. Remove the AC thermostat control knob and attaching nut.
  6.  
  7. Remove the control head attaching screws.
  8.  
  9. Remove the center upper discharge duct.
  10.  
  11. Remove the radio.
  12.  
  13. Pull the control head out slightly and disconnect the cables, vacuum hoses and wires. It's a good idea to label the hoses and wires so that you'll remember where they go.
  14.  
  15. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the cables as necessary.
  16.  

1979-80 AMX, 1979-83 Spirit and Concord and 1980-88 Eagle

WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING

See Figure 2

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Fig. Fig. 2: Control head and related components on all except Pacer models without A/C

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the instrument panel center housing.
  4.  
  5. Remove the control head attaching screws.
  6.  
  7. Pull the control head out slightly and disconnect the cables, vacuum hoses and wires. It's a good idea to label the hoses and wires so that you'll remember where they go.
  8.  
  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the cables as necessary.
  10.  

On 1980-88 models, the control cables must be attached with the colored tape in the center of the clips that are attached to the control head.

WITH AIR CONDITIONING

See Figure 3

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Fig. Fig. 3: Control head and vacuum line components on all 1979-88 models with A/C except Pacer

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the instrument panel center housing.
  4.  
  5. Remove the control head attaching screws.
  6.  
  7. Remove the center upper discharge duct.
  8.  
  9. Remove the radio.
  10.  
  11. Pull the control head out slightly and disconnect the cables, vacuum hoses and wires. It's a good idea to label the hoses and wires so that you'll remember where they go.
  12.  

The fan switch attaching screw is accessible on the back of the panel after panel removal.

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the cables as necessary.
  2.  

Pacer

1977-7 MODELS8

See Figures 4 and 5

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Fig. Fig. 4: Exploded view of the control head and its related components on Pacer models with A/C through 1979



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Fig. Fig. 5: Control head and its related components on Pacer models without A/C through 1979

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the instrument panel center housing.
  4.  
  5. Remove the radio.
  6.  
  7. Remove the control head attaching screws.
  8.  
  9. Pull the control head out slightly and disconnect the cables, vacuum hoses and wires. It's a good idea to label the hoses and wires so that you'll remember where they go.
  10.  
  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the cables as necessary.
  12.  

1979-80 MODELS

See Figure 6

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Fig. Fig. 6: Exploded view of the control head components on 1980 Pacer models with A/C

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the radio.
  4.  
  5. Remove the control panel attaching screws.
  6.  
  7. Pull the control panel out and disconnect the vacuum hoses, wires and cables. Tag them for proper installation.
  8.  
  9. Installation is the reverse of removal. Adjust the cables as necessary.
  10.  

 
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