All models covered by this guide are equipped with a Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disconnect the negative, then the positive battery cables and wait one minute. Disconnecting the battery cables and waiting one minute will allow any residual power in the system to drain. Failure to properly disconnect both battery cables may result in accidental air bag deployment, which could easily result in severe personal injury or death. Also, never attempt any electrical diagnosis or service to the SRS components and wiring; this work should only be performed by a qualified automotive technician.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 8
Disconnect the negative battery cable for safety purposes.
Pull the headlight switch knob to the
position, then, reaching through the instrument panel opening, depress the headlight switch knob shaft release button and withdraw the knob and shaft from the headlight switch.
Fig. Fig. 1: Instrument gauge cluster component identification
Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the headlight switch knob and cluster trim panel
Fig. Fig. 3: Exploded view of the instrument cluster mounting
Remove the two upper retaining screws from the instrument cluster trim panel, then remove the trim panel.
Remove the four mounting screws from the instrument cluster, then pull the cluster out of its recess.
Detach the two wiring harness connectors from the receptacles in the cluster backplate.
Remove the instrument cluster from the instrument panel.
If the cluster is being removed with the intent of replacing one or more of the gauges, DO NOT remove the gauge pointers; the magnetic gauges cannot be recalibrated and would, therefore, need to be replaced.
Fig. Fig. 4: To remove an instrument cluster, remove the headlight switch knob and the trim panel retaining screws ...
Fig. Fig. 5: ... then pull the trim panel off of the instrument panel
Fig. Fig. 6: Loosen the instrument cluster mounting fasteners ...
Fig. Fig. 7: ... and roll the cluster out of the instrument panel opening
Fig. Fig. 8: Detach the wiring harness connector from the back of the instrument cluster
Position the cluster in front of the instrument panel hole and reattach the two wiring harness connectors. Be sure that they are fully seated in their receptacles and that the retaining tabs are engaged.
Push the wiring harness up toward the top of the instrument cluster to avoid interference between it and the warning light bulbs or the tripmeter/odometer stepper motor.
Position the instrument cluster so that the mounting holes are aligned, then install the mounting screws and tighten them until snug.
Position the trim panel over the instrument cluster and install the two retaining screws.
Install the light switch knob, then connect the negative battery cable.
Turn the ignition to the
position to verify that all of the warning lights work properly. Then, road test the vehicle to ensure that all of the gauges are functioning