Commander 2006-2007

Instrument Panel

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Removal & Installation



Instrument Panel

CAUTION
Before proceeding with the following repair procedure, review all warnings and cautions.

  1. Disconnect and isolate battery negative cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the bolts and remove the drivers side hush panel.

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    Fig. View of drivers side hush panel and bolts

  4.  
  5. Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, separate the upper clips and rotate the cover down and release the lower hinges at the bottom and remove the opening cover.
    CAUTION
    Before servicing the steering column the airbag system must be disarmed. Failure to do so may result in accidental deployment of the airbag and possible personal injury.

  6.  
  7. Remove the three bolts in the lower shroud
  8.  
  9. Then unsnap the lower shroud from the upper shroud.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the steering column electrical connectors.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel more than 90° or damage to the clockspring may occur.



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    Fig. Steering column electrical connectors

  12.  
  13. Position front wheels straight ahead.
  14.  
  15. Remove the pinch bolt.
  16.  
  17. Remove the column support bolts.

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    Fig. Steering column bolts

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  19. Remove the column cross bolt and slide the column downward off the bracket and remove the steering column.
  20.  
  21. Remove the nuts attaching the instrument panel to the pedal support bracket.

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    Fig. Nuts attaching instrument panel to pedal support bracket

  22.  
  23. Separate the door seal as necessary to access the side covers.
  24.  
  25. Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, remove the left side cover.

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    Fig. Left side cover

  26.  
  27. Remove the left side door sill trim.
  28.  
  29. Remove the drivers side cowl trim panel.

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    Fig. Drivers side cowl trim panel

  30.  
  31. Disconnect the electrical connectors.

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    Fig. Electrical connectors



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    Fig. Electrical connectors

  32.  
  33. Remove the bolts and disconnect the ground wires within the steering column opening to the left of the steering column.
  34.  
  35. Disconnect the white adjustable pedal electrical connector.

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    Fig. Pedal electrical connector

  36.  
  37. Disconnect the HVAC electrical connector.

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    Fig. HVAC electrical connector

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  39. Remove the bolts and remove the left a-pillar trim.

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    Fig. A-pillar trim and bolts (right side shown, left side similar)

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  41. Remove the two left side bolts and one screw at the a-pillar support.

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    Fig. Bolts and screw at a-pillar support (right side shown, left side similar)

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  43. Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, remove the shifter bezel ring and shifter bezel.
  44.  
  45. Remove the center console back cover and disconnect the electrical connector.
  46.  
  47. Remove the screws and remove the console.

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    Fig. Center console and screws

  48.  
  49. Disconnect the electrical connectors under the console.

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    Fig. Electrical connectors under the console

  50.  
  51. Separate the wire harness push pin hangers and remove the screw and disconnect the ground.

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    Fig. Wire harness, push pin hangers, screw and ground

  52.  
  53. Remove the shifter assembly.

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    Fig. Shifter assembly

  54.  
  55. Remove the center HVAC duct.
  56.  
  57. Separate the glove box damper rod from the clove box by sliding the rod towards the rear of the vehicle to release it from the bin.
  58.  
  59. Open the glove box and push the stop tabs down to drop the glove box out of the instrument panel.
  60.  
  61. Rotate the box down and release the door hinges at the bottom and remove the glove box.
  62.  
  63. Remove the passenger side hush panel.
  64.  
  65. Remove the right side door sill trim.
  66.  
  67. Remove the nut, separate the right cowl trim panel and remove.
  68.  
  69. Separate the door seal as necessary to access the side covers.
  70.  
  71. Remove the right side end cap.
  72.  
  73. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
  74.  
  75. Disconnect the antenna cable.
  76.  
  77. Remove the bolts and remove the right a-pillar trim panel.
  78.  
  79. Remove the two right side bolts and one screw at the a-pillar support.
  80.  
  81. Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, remove the defroster grill.
  82.  
  83. Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, remove the radio bezel.
  84.  
  85. Remove the screw inside the lower storage bin, if equipped.
  86.  
  87. Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, remove the center bezel and disconnect the electrical connectors.
  88.  
  89. Remove the nut from the HVAC support stud behind the center bezel.

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    Fig. HVAC support stud

  90.  
  91. Remove the screw to the HVAC from under the glove box opening.

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    Fig. HVAC screw

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  93. Remove the HVAC bracket bolt from the glove box opening.

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    Fig. HVAC bracket bolt

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  95. Remove the left and right center support brackets.

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    Fig. Center support brackets

  96.  
  97. Remove the center floor duct.

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    Fig. Center floor duct

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  99. Remove the radio.
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  101. Remove the two HVAC bolts from the radio opening.

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    Fig. HVAC bolts in radio opening

  102.  
  103. Remove the instrument panel assembly.
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To install:

  1. Before proceeding with installation of the instrument panel assembly, remove the load clips from each a-pillar and install onto the sides of the panel using the screw.

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    Fig. Load clip

  2.  
  3. Place the instrument panel into the vehicle and position onto the a-pillars using the load clips.
  4.  
  5. Install the two bolts on the right side and tighten the bolts to 95 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the two fenceline nuts and install the defroster grille.
  8.  
  9. Guide the peddle support studs on the drivers side, into the slots in the instrument panel reinforcement.
  10.  
  11. Position the center stack brackets in front of the duct work.
  12.  
  13. Continue to rotate the instrument panel back and guide the tube brackets located in the radio opening, into the HVAC.
  14.  
  15. Install the screw at the bottom of the column opening next to the center stack up from the bottom attaching the HVAC.
  16.  
  17. Install the bolt at the HVAC blower motor housing.
  18.  
  19. Install the screw at the bottom of the glove box opening to the blower motor housing support.
  20.  
  21. Snap the lower glove box hinges over the pivots and rotate up.
  22.  
  23. Push the stop tabs down and close the glove box.
  24.  
  25. Connect the stabilizer to the outer side of the box compartment.
  26.  
  27. Connect the radio antenna cable.
  28.  
  29. Connect the right side wiring.
  30.  
  31. Install the right hush panel trim.
  32.  
  33. Install the right cowl trim and position the door seal back.
  34.  
  35. Position the right side door sill trim and seat fully.
  36.  
  37. Install the right a-pillar trim, the bolts and position the door seal back.
  38.  
  39. Install the two bolts on the left side and tighten to 95 inch lbs. (11 Nm).
  40.  
  41. Position the right side end cap and seat fully.
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  43. Install the two nuts on the studs above the column tighten the nuts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  44.  
  45. Connect the two left bulk connectors.
  46.  
  47. Connect the two fuse block connectors.
  48.  
  49. Connect the white connector to adjustable brake pedal.
  50.  
  51. Install the grounds within the steering column opening and install the bolts.
  52.  
  53. Install the left cowl trim panel and install the nut.
  54.  
  55. Install the left door sill.
    WARNING
    Do not turn the steering wheel more than 90° or damage to the clockspring may occur.

  56.  
  57. Install the column cross bolt and tighten to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  58.  
  59. Position the steering column shaft into the slip joint.
  60.  
  61. Lift the column into position and install the bolts.
  62.  
  63. Tighten the bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  64.  
  65. Slide the coupler onto the column shaft and install a new coupler bolt. Tighten the coupler bolt to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
  66.  
  67. Connect the electrical connector for the multi-function switch
  68.  
  69. Install the upper and lower shroud on the column and snap the two halves back into place.
  70.  
  71. Install the three mounting bolts to secure the shroud in place.
  72.  
  73. Snap the steering column opening cover lower hinges onto the pins and roll cover up.
  74.  
  75. Seat the upper retaining clips fully.
  76.  
  77. Install the hush panel.
  78.  
  79. Connect the column electrical connectors.
  80.  
  81. Install the column covers.
  82.  
  83. Install the left a-pillar trim, the bolts and position the door seal back.
  84.  
  85. Position the left side end cap and seat fully.
  86.  
  87. Install the center support nut onto the stud.
  88.  
  89. Install the two HVAC bolts within the radio opening.
  90.  
  91. Install the radio and radio bezel.
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  93. Install the left and right center support brackets and nuts and tighten to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  94.  
  95. Position the center wire harness and connect the electrical connectors.
  96.  
  97. Install the center bezel.
  98.  
  99. Install the screw inside the lower storage bin, if equipped.
  100.  
  101. Position the defroster vents and seat fully.
  102.  
  103. Install HVAC floor duct.
  104.  
  105. Install the shifter mechanism.
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  107. Position the wire harness back, install the harness hangers and install the ground and screw.
  108.  
  109. Connect the center harness electrical connectors (ground, module, shifter, brake lever).
  110.  
  111. Install the center floor duct.
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  113. Position the console into the vehicle and install the screws.
  114.  
  115. Connect the electrical connector and install the rear cover onto the console.
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  117. Position the shifter bezel and seat fully.
  118.  
  119. Position the shifter bezel trim ring and seat fully.
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CAUTION
To avoid personal injury or death, on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the supplemental restraint system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, occupant classification system, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait two minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the supplemental restraint system. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.


CAUTION
To avoid personal injury or death, do not attempt to dismantle an airbag unit or tamper with its inflator. Do not puncture, incinerate, or bring into contact with electricity. Do not store at temperatures exceeding 93° C (200° F). An airbag inflator unit may contain sodium azide and potassium nitrate. These materials are poisonous and extremely flammable. Contact with acid, water, or heavy metals may produce harmful and irritating gases (sodium hydroxide is formed in the presence of moisture) or combustible compounds. An airbag inflator unit may also contain a gas canister pressurized to over 2500 psi.


CAUTION
To avoid personal injury or death, when a steering column has an airbag unit attached, never place the column on the floor or any other surface with the steering wheel or airbag unit face down.


CAUTION
To avoid personal injury or death on vehicles equipped with airbags, before performing any welding operations disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable and disconnect all wire harness connectors from the airbag control module (ACM). Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment and other possible damage to the supplemental restraint system circuits and components.

 
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