Acura Coupes and Sedans 1994-2000 Repair Information

Dashboard

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



It is important to take the time to read all of the steps before beginning this procedure. There are many variations in dashboard design due to trim packages and the placement of airbags therefore this procedure was written as a guide. Do not pull or use excessive force when removing the dashboard. It is fragile and will crack easily. A good rule of thumb is if the dashboard is difficult to pull out, you most likely missed a bolt(s).


CAUTION
Before beginning this procedure, please refer to CHASSIS ELECTRICAL for proper air bag removal procedures.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. If the vehicle is equipped with an Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), wait three (3) minutes after the battery cable has been disconnected before working on the vehicle.
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  5. To remove the dashboard, the following components must be removed:

    Front seats.
     
    Front and rear consoles.
     
    Dashboard covers.
     
    Radio
     
    Sunroof switch.
     
    Clock.
     
    Glove Box.
     
    Knee bolster.
     

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  7. Lower the steering column.
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  9. Remove the passenger side air bag module.
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  11. Detach the air temperature control cable connectors.
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  13. Unplug the antenna lead.
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To prevent damage to the dashboard when prying, wrap your prytool with tape to pad it.

  1. Detach the connectors from the fuse panel.
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  3. Remove the access panels located on each side of the dashboard by the door jam.
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See Figures 1 through 6

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Fig. Fig. 1: Cover a small prytool with a piece of electrical tape to prevent damage to any trim pieces that may scratch easily



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the side access panels, then unfasten the bolt



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Fig. Fig. 3: Pry up on the plastic trim to remove the side window defroster vent



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removal of the forward facing vents is necessary to gain access to some of the mounting bolts



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Fig. Fig. 5: Free all necessary wiring from under the dash



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Fig. Fig. 6: Pry the edge of the cruise control switch out, then remove the switch by hand

  1. Remove all dashboard mounting bolts.
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  3. Lift and remove the dashboard from the vehicle.
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  5. Carefully unwind any wiring that is tangled up in the dash.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Make sure to fasten all retainers securely, and attach all connectors to the proper components they were removed from.
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