Chrysler RAM50/D50/Arrow 1979-1993 Repair Guide

Instrument Cluster/Combination Meter

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



While steering wheel removal is not required for this procedure, extra room can be gained if the wheel is removed. In many cases, it will be easier to disconnect the speedometer cable at the transmission first. Push some slack in the cable into the vehicle; this will allow the instrument cluster to come out of the dash far enough to reach the upper connector.

1979-86 Models See Figure 1 through 6

The instrument cluster and radio/heater faceplate are all one piece.

  1. Disconnect the battery negative (-) cable from the battery.
  2.  
  3. Pull off the radio knobs and unscrew the radio nuts on the two adjuster stems. Note which side the knobs go on and in which order they should be installed.
  4.  
  5. Pull off the heater fan plug, switch and heater control lever knobs.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cluster panel retaining screws and pull the panel out of its hole in the instrument panel (dashboard).
  8.  
  9. Remove the ashtray and remove the ashtray bracket.
  10.  
  11. As the panel comes free, reach behind and disconnect the wiring for the gauges, the lighter, the heater controls and the clock. Disconnect the speedometer cable. Make sure to label the wires. If the cluster will not pull out far enough to get at the back of it, go up from under the dashboard to remove the wires and cable.
  12.  
  13. Remove the instrument cluster.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Push out the radio plug plate (1) or remove the radio knobs (2)



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the heater fan switch plug (3) or heater fan switch knob



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the cluster panel retaining screws and locking nuts



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the ashtray bracket and screws



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Fig. Fig. 5: Pull the cluster starting from the left corner



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Fig. Fig. 6: Disconnect the wiring as the panel comes loose

To install:
  1. Fit the panel loosely in position and connect each wire and cable to its proper location. Fit the panel into place and engage the spring tabs.
  2.  
  3. Install the retaining screws.
  4.  
  5. Install the ashtray and bracket.
  6.  
  7. Install the panel attaching screws.
  8.  
  9. Install the knobs for the heater and radio.
  10.  

1987-93 Models See Figures 7, 8, 9 and 10

  1. Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable from the battery.
  2.  
  3. Use a small protected flat tool to pry the hazard flasher switch, the starter unlock switch or the hole cover out of the dash.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the wiring to these switches.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 4 screws (two need to be accessed through the switch holes) holding the hood in place. Remove the hood.
  8.  
  9. Remove the 4 screws holding the instrument cluster. Pull the cluster towards you.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the electrical harnesses and the speedometer cable from the instrument cluster.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Connect the electrical wiring to the back of the instrument cluster.
  2.  
  3. Insert the speedometer cable into the back of the instrument cluster until its stopper properly fits to the meter-side groove. After installing the speedometer, pull the speedometer cable through the grommet in the toe-board (fire wall) until the cable marking is visible from the engine compartment side.
  4.  
  5. Secure the instrument cluster in place with the four retaining screws.
  6.  
  7. Install the meter hood and mount in place with the four mounting screws.
  8.  
  9. Connect the hazard switch and the starter unlock switch, if so equipped, to their respective wiring.
  10.  
  11. Push the two switches back into their holes until they click in place.
  12.  
  13. Connect the negative (-) battery cable back to the battery.
  14.  



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Fig. Fig. 7: Exploded view of the combination meter mounting



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Fig. Fig. 8: Insert a thin trim stick into the switch hole and pry the switch to remove it from the meter hood



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the four retaining screws for the meter hood



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Fig. Fig. 10: Remove the meter attaching screws and pull the unit out of the dash

 
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