Buick Regal 1997-2000

Instrument Panel & Pad

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Precautions



When handling a part that has an "ESD-Sensitive" sticker warning of Electrostatic Discharge (it looks like a hand inside a black triangle with a white stripe through it), follow these guidelines to reduce any possible buildup of electrostatic charge.



If replacing a part that has the sticker, do not open the package until just prior to installation. Before removing the part from its package, ground the package to a good ground on the car.
 
Avoid touching the electrical terminals of the component.
 
Always touch a good ground before handling a part with the sticker. This should be repeated while handling the part; do it more often when sliding across the seat, sitting from a standing position, or after walking.
 


WARNING
As always when working on the vehicles, make sure the THEFTLOCK® feature of the radio is turned off before disconnecting the battery. Otherwise the radio will be internally disabled and will not work even after power has been restored.


CAUTION
All of the vehicles covered herein are equipped with Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) or air bag systems. Properly disarm the air bag system before beginning work on the interior of the vehicle. Failure to do so can cause accidental deployment and serious injury. Please refer to the Air Bag Disarming procedure in Section 6 of this manual.

Removal & Installation




NOTE
Additional information on working around the instrument panel and cluster may be found in Section 6.

  1. Disconnect the front door inside carpet retainers.
  2.  
  3. Remove the underdash sound insulators.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the negative battery and disarm the air bag system. Please see Section 6.
  6.  
  7. Remove the windshield side upper garnish moldings.
  8.  
  9. Remove the instrument panel upper trim panel as follows:
    1. Insert a flat-bladed tool, downward at the rearmost edge of the upper trim panel.
    2.  
    3. Carefully pry the panel up to release the 10 panel tabs.
    4.  
    5. Lift the rear edge approximately 2 inches and pull the panel rearward to remove.
    6.  

  10.  
  11. Remove the instrument panel lower compartment.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the theft deterrent module.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the passenger side air bag inflator module.
  16.  
  17. Remove the steering column opening filler.
  18.  
  19. Remove the instrument panel cluster trim plate.
  20.  
  21. Remove the console, if equipped.
  22.  
  23. Remove the audio system and HVAC control panel, as outlined in Section 6.
  24.  
  25. Remove the instrument panel cluster, as outlined in Section 6.
  26.  
  27. Disconnect the headlamp switch, foglamp, HUD switch and trip calculator, as equipped.
  28.  
  29. Disconnect the fuse block.
  30.  
  31. Remove the knee bolster deflector.
  32.  
  33. Remove the steering column retaining nuts and lower the steering column.
  34.  
  35. Remove the instrument panel carrier mounting bolts and screws.
  36.  
  37. Disconnect the Data Link Connector (DLC), lower compartment light and trunk release switch.
  38.  
  39. Remove the instrument panel carrier clips.
  40.  
  41. Reposition the instrument panel wiring harness and remove the carrier assembly.
  42.  



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Fig. Exploded view of a typical instrument panel assembly-Grand Prix, Regal and Cutlass Supreme shown



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Fig. Exploded view of an instrument panel assembly-Chevrolet shown

To install:

  1. Reposition the instrument panel carrier assembly and route the instrument panel wiring.
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel carrier clips.
  4.  
  5. Install the Data Link Connector (DLC), lower compartment light and trunk release switch.
  6.  
  7. Install the instrument panel carrier mounting bolts and screws and tighten the bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Raise the steering column and install the retaining nuts.
  10.  
  11. Install the remaining components in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  12.  
  13. Enable the air bag system as outlined in Section 6.
  14.  

 
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