Chrysler Colt/Vista 1990-1993 Repair Information

Instrument Panel

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



A number of pin-type fasteners are used in the installation of the instrument panel. These fasteners are called trim clips. To remove a trim clip, use a Phillips screwdriver to push the center of the pin in about 2mm, then pull the clip out. Take care to avoid pushing the center in any further, as grommet damage will occur.When installing a trim clip, place the clip in position and push the center in flush.

1990-92 Colt Hatchback and Sedan

See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove these parts prior to instrument panel removal - 1990-92 Colt hatchback and sedan



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Fig. Fig. 2: Instrument panel removal - 1990-92 Colt hatchback and sedan

  1. Remove the ashtray.
  2.  
  3. Remove the center panel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the sunglass pocket.
  6.  
  7. Remove the side panel - U.S. cars only.
  8.  
  9. Remove the left side knee protector. - U.S. cars only.
  10.  
  11. Remove the lower panel - Canadian cars only.
  12.  
  13. Remove the hood lock release handle.
  14.  
  15. Remove the column lower cover.
  16.  
  17. Remove the column upper cover.
  18.  
  19. Remove the radio. See Section 6.
  20.  
  21. Remove the glove box.
  22.  
  23. Remove the lower cover.
  24.  
  25. Remove the heater control screw.
  26.  
  27. Remove the gauge bezel.
  28.  
  29. Remove the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  30.  
  31. Remove the speedometer cable adapter.
  32.  
  33. Remove the cluster wiring harness connectors.
  34.  
  35. Remove the right side speaker cover - U.S. cars only.
  36.  
  37. Remove the right side speaker. U.S. cars only.
  38.  
  39. Remove the left and right defroster grilles.
  40.  
  41. Remove the clock or plug.
  42.  
  43. Remove the steering shaft bolt/nut.
  44.  
  45. Remove the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  46.  
  47. Remove the instrument panel.
  48.  

To install:
  1. Install the instrument panel.
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Install the steering shaft bolt/nut.
  6.  
  7. Install the clock or plug.
  8.  
  9. Install the left and right defroster grilles.
  10.  
  11. Install the right side speaker. U.S. cars only.
  12.  
  13. Install the right side speaker cover - U.S. cars only.
  14.  
  15. Install the cluster wiring harness connectors.
  16.  
  17. Install the speedometer cable adapter.
  18.  
  19. Install the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  20.  
  21. Install the gauge bezel.
  22.  
  23. Install the heater control screw.
  24.  
  25. Install the lower cover.
  26.  
  27. Install the glove box.
  28.  
  29. Install the radio. See Section 6.
  30.  
  31. Install the column upper cover.
  32.  
  33. Install the column lower cover.
  34.  
  35. Install the hood lock release handle.
  36.  
  37. Install the lower panel - Canadian cars only.
  38.  
  39. Install the left side knee protector. - U.S. cars only.
  40.  
  41. Install the side panel - U.S. cars only.
  42.  
  43. Install the sunglass pocket.
  44.  
  45. Install the center panel.
  46.  
  47. Install the ashtray.
  48.  

1993 Colt Hatchback and Sedan

See Figure 3



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Fig. Fig. 3: Instrument panel removal/installation - 1993 Colt

  1. Remove the left side knee protector. - U.S. cars only.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower panel - Canadian cars only.
  4.  
  5. Remove the sunglass pocket.
  6.  
  7. Remove the column lower cover.
  8.  
  9. Remove the column upper cover.
  10.  
  11. Remove the gauge bezel.
  12.  
  13. Remove the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  14.  
  15. Remove the remote control mirror switch or plug.
  16.  
  17. Remove the coin box or rear wiper switch.
  18.  
  19. Remove the air outlet panel.
  20.  
  21. Remove the ashtray.
  22.  
  23. Remove the air outlet center panel.
  24.  
  25. Remove the radio. See Section 6.
  26.  
  27. Remove the cup holder.
  28.  
  29. Remove the lower cover.
  30.  
  31. Remove the glove box.
  32.  
  33. Remove the heater control assembly.
  34.  
  35. Remove the right side speaker.
  36.  
  37. Remove the left and right defroster grilles.
  38.  
  39. Remove the hood lock release handle.
  40.  
  41. Remove the steering shaft bolt/nut.
  42.  
  43. Remove the speedometer cable adapter.
  44.  
  45. Remove the cluster wiring harness connectors.
  46.  
  47. Remove the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  48.  
  49. Remove the instrument panel.
  50.  

To install:
  1. Install the instrument panel.
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Install the cluster wiring harness connectors.
  6.  
  7. Install the speedometer cable adapter.
  8.  
  9. Install the steering shaft bolt/nut.
  10.  
  11. Install the hood lock release handle.
  12.  
  13. Install the left and right defroster grilles.
  14.  
  15. Install the right side speaker.
  16.  
  17. Install the heater control assembly.
  18.  
  19. Install the glove box.
  20.  
  21. Install the lower cover.
  22.  
  23. Install the cup holder.
  24.  
  25. Install the radio. See Section 6.
  26.  
  27. Install the air outlet center panel.
  28.  
  29. Install the ashtray.
  30.  
  31. Install the air outlet panel.
  32.  
  33. Install the coin box or rear wiper switch.
  34.  
  35. Install the remote control mirror switch or plug.
  36.  
  37. Install the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  38.  
  39. Install the gauge bezel.
  40.  
  41. Install the column upper cover.
  42.  
  43. Install the column lower cover.
  44.  
  45. Install the sunglass pocket.
  46.  
  47. Install the lower panel - Canadian cars only.
  48.  
  49. Install the left side knee protector. - U.S. cars only.
  50.  

1990 Colt Wagon

See Figure 4



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Fig. Fig. 4: Instrument panel removal/installation - 1990 Colt Wagon

  1. Remove the steering wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lap air outlet.
  4.  
  5. Remove the column lower cover.
  6.  
  7. Remove the column upper cover.
  8.  
  9. Remove the shift knob on cars with MT.
  10.  
  11. Remove the floor console.
  12.  
  13. Remove the glove box.
  14.  
  15. Remove the defroster duct.
  16.  
  17. Remove the side joint.
  18.  
  19. Remove the gauge hood.
  20.  
  21. Remove the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  22.  
  23. Remove the steering column bracket.
  24.  
  25. Remove the heater control panel.
  26.  
  27. Remove the left and right defroster grilles.
  28.  
  29. Remove the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  30.  
  31. Remove the instrument panel.
  32.  

To install:
  1. Install the instrument panel.
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Install the left and right defroster grilles.
  6.  
  7. Install the heater control panel.
  8.  
  9. Install the steering column bracket.
  10.  
  11. Install the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  12.  
  13. Install the gauge hood.
  14.  
  15. Install the side joint.
  16.  
  17. Install the defroster duct.
  18.  
  19. Install the glove box.
  20.  
  21. Install the floor console.
  22.  
  23. Install the shift knob on cars with MT.
  24.  
  25. Install the column upper cover.
  26.  
  27. Install the column lower cover.
  28.  
  29. Install the lap air outlet.
  30.  
  31. Install the steering wheel.
  32.  

1990-91 2WD USA Vista
  1. Remove the lower glove box.
  2.  
  3. Remove the upper glove box.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lap duct.
  6.  
  7. Remove the ashtray.
  8.  
  9. Remove the fuse box cover.
  10.  
  11. Remove the fuse box screws.
  12.  
  13. Remove the hood lock release handle.
  14.  
  15. Remove the gauge bezel.
  16.  
  17. Remove the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  18.  
  19. Remove the speedometer cable adapter.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the temperature control cables.
  22.  
  23. Remove the air duct.
  24.  
  25. Disconnect the blower motor.
  26.  
  27. Remove the upper trim covers ( A and B).
  28.  
  29. Disconnect the antenna wire.
  30.  
  31. Remove the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  32.  
  33. Remove the instrument panel.
  34.  

To install:
  1. Install the instrument panel.
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Connect the antenna wire.
  6.  
  7. Install the upper trim covers ( A and B).
  8.  
  9. Connect the blower motor.
  10.  
  11. Install the air duct.
  12.  
  13. Connect the temperature control cables.
  14.  
  15. Install the speedometer cable adapter.
  16.  
  17. Install the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  18.  
  19. Install the gauge bezel.
  20.  
  21. Install the hood lock release handle.
  22.  
  23. Install the fuse box screws.
  24.  
  25. Install the fuse box cover.
  26.  
  27. Install the ashtray.
  28.  
  29. Install the lap duct.
  30.  
  31. Install the upper glove box.
  32.  
  33. Install the lower glove box.
  34.  

1990-91 Canadian 2WD Vista 1990-91 All 4WD Vista
  1. Remove the 3 trim covers.
  2.  
  3. Remove the column lower cover.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower glove box.
  6.  
  7. Remove the upper glove box.
  8.  
  9. Remove the lap duct.
  10.  
  11. Remove the ashtray.
  12.  
  13. Remove the hood lock release handle.
  14.  
  15. Remove the gauge bezel.
  16.  
  17. Remove the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  18.  
  19. Remove the speedometer cable adapter.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the temperature control cables.
  22.  
  23. Remove the air duct.
  24.  
  25. Disconnect the blower motor.
  26.  
  27. Remove the upper trim covers ( A and B).
  28.  
  29. Disconnect the antenna wire.
  30.  
  31. Remove the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  32.  
  33. Remove the instrument panel.
  34.  

To install:
  1. Install the instrument panel.
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Connect the antenna wire.
  6.  
  7. Install the upper trim covers ( A and B).
  8.  
  9. Connect the blower motor.
  10.  
  11. Install the air duct.
  12.  
  13. Connect the temperature control cables.
  14.  
  15. Install the speedometer cable adapter.
  16.  
  17. Install the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  18.  
  19. Install the gauge bezel.
  20.  
  21. Install the hood lock release handle.
  22.  
  23. Install the ashtray.
  24.  
  25. Install the lap duct.
  26.  
  27. Install the upper glove box.
  28.  
  29. Install the lower glove box.
  30.  
  31. Install the column lower cover.
  32.  
  33. Install the 3 trim covers.
  34.  

1992-93 Vista
  1. Install the hood lock release handle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the column lower cover.
  4.  
  5. Remove the foot duct.
  6.  
  7. Remove the lap duct.
  8.  
  9. Remove the glove box.
  10.  
  11. Remove the right side speaker cover.
  12.  
  13. Remove the glove box frame.
  14.  
  15. Remove the gauge bezel.
  16.  
  17. Remove the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  18.  
  19. Remove the speedometer cable adapter.
  20.  
  21. Remove the ashtray.
  22.  
  23. Remove the center panel.
  24.  
  25. Remove the radio. See Section 6.
  26.  
  27. Remove the center air outlet.
  28.  
  29. Remove the heater control assembly.
  30.  
  31. Remove the clock or plug.
  32.  
  33. Remove the cluster wiring harness connectors.
  34.  
  35. Remove the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  36.  
  37. Remove the instrument panel.
  38.  

To install:
  1. Install the instrument panel.
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Install the cluster wiring harness connectors.
  6.  
  7. Install the clock or plug.
  8.  
  9. Install the heater control assembly.
  10.  
  11. Install the center air outlet.
  12.  
  13. Install the radio. See Section 6.
  14.  
  15. Install the center panel.
  16.  
  17. Install the ashtray.
  18.  
  19. Install the speedometer cable adapter.
  20.  
  21. Install the instrument cluster. See Section 6.
  22.  
  23. Install the gauge bezel.
  24.  
  25. Install the glove box frame.
  26.  
  27. Install the right side speaker cover.
  28.  
  29. Install the glove box.
  30.  
  31. Install the lap duct.
  32.  
  33. Install the foot duct.
  34.  
  35. Install the column lower cover.
  36.  
  37. Install the hood lock release handle.
  38.  

 
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