GM Celebrity/Century/Ciera/6000 1982-1996 Repair Guide

Instrument Cluster

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
The instrument cluster contains all of the displays, lamps and indicators which provide the operating information to the driver. Be extra careful when working around electrical items in your vehicle, many solid state components can be damaged by electrostatic discharge. If you are working around the SIR system remember to disarm the system. Otherwise air bag deployment could occur and cause personal injury.

You may want to place a clean cloth over the steering column to prevent scratches. On vehicles with tilt steering, it will help to lower the wheel all the way then unscrew the tilt wheel lever.

Century

See Figures 1 and 2


CAUTION
Some vehicles are equipped with the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system. This system must be disabled before performing service on or around the air bag, instrument panel components, wiring and sensors. Failure to follow safety and disabling procedures could result in accidental air bag deployment, possible personal injury and unnecessary air bag system repairs.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Disable the SIR, if equipped.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the speedometer cable and pull it through the firewall.
  6.  
  7. Remove the left side hush panel retaining screws and nut.
  8.  
  9. Remove the right side hush panel retaining screws and nut.
  10.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Instrument cluster used on 1994-96 US Buick models



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Fig. Fig. 2: Instrument cluster used on 1994-96 Canadian/Japanese Buick models

  1. Remove the shift indicator cable clip.
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering column trim plate.
  4.  
  5. Put the gear selector in L or 1 . Remove the retaining screws and gently pull out the instrument panel trim plate.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the parking brake cable at the lever by pushing it forward and sliding it from its slot.
  8.  
  9. Unbolt and lower the steering column.
  10.  
  11. Remove the gauge cluster retaining screws. Pull the cluster out far enough to disconnect any wires, then remove the instrument cluster.
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To install:
  1. Install the gauge cluster, then attach the electrical wires and install the retaining screws.
  2.  
  3. Position the steering column, then install the retaining bolts.
  4.  
  5. Connect the parking brake cable at the lever.
  6.  
  7. Put the gear selector in L or P . Install the instrument panel trim plate.
  8.  
  9. Install the steering column trim plate.
  10.  
  11. Install the shift indicator cable clip.
  12.  
  13. Install the right side hush panel retaining screws and nut.
  14.  
  15. Install the left side hush panel retaining screws and nut.
  16.  
  17. Pull the speedometer cable through the firewall and connect to the speedometer.
  18.  
  19. Connect the negative battery cable. Tighten the cable bolt to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
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  21. Enable the SIR, if equipped.
  22.  
  23. Reset the radio, clock and any other applicable electronic devices.
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Celebrity
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove instrument panel hush trim.
  4.  
  5. Remove vent control housing, as required.
  6.  
  7. On non-air conditioning vehicles, remove steering column trim cover screws and lower cover with vent cables attached. On air conditioning vehicles, remove trim cover attaching screws and remove cover.
  8.  
  9. Remove instrument cluster trim pad.
  10.  
  11. Remove ash tray, retainer and fuse block, disconnecting wires as necessary.
  12.  
  13. Remove headlight switch knob and instrument panel trim plate. Unplug electrical connectors of any accessory switches in trim plate.
  14.  
  15. Remove cluster assembly and disconnect speedometer cable, PRNDL and cluster electrical connectors.
  16.  

To install:
  1. Install cluster assembly and connect speedometer cable, PRNDL and cluster electrical connectors.
  2.  
  3. Install headlight switch knob and instrument panel trim plate. Engage electrical connectors of any accessory switches in trim plate.
  4.  
  5. Install the ash tray, retainer and fuse block. Engage the electrical connectors.
  6.  
  7. Install instrument cluster trim pad.
  8.  
  9. On non-air conditioned vehicles, raise the cover with vent cables attached and install steering column trim cover screws. On air conditioned vehicles, install trim cover and attaching screws.
  10.  
  11. If removed, install vent control housing.
  12.  
  13. Install instrument panel hush panel.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable. Tighten the cable bolt to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Reset the radio, clock and any other applicable electronic devices.
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Ciera and Cruiser

See Figures 3, 4 and 5


CAUTION
Some vehicles are equipped with the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system. This system must be disabled before performing service on or around the air bag, instrument panel components, wiring and sensors. Failure to follow safety and disabling procedures could result in accidental air bag deployment, possible personal injury and unnecessary air bag system repairs.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Disable the SIR, if equipped.
  4.  
  5. Remove left instrument panel trim pad.
  6.  
  7. Remove instrument panel cluster trim cover.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect speedometer cable at transaxle or cruise control transducer, if equipped.
  10.  
  11. Remove steering column trim cover.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect shift indicator clip from steering column shift bowl.
  14.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: Instrument cluster mounting for 1992-96 Oldsmobile models



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Fig. Fig. 4: Instrument cluster for 1992-96 US Oldsmobile models



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Fig. Fig. 5: Instrument cluster for 1992-96 Canadian Oldsmobile models

  1. Remove 4 screws attaching cluster assembly to instrument panel.
  2.  
  3. Pull assembly out far enough to reach behind cluster and disconnect speedometer cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove cluster assembly.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Install the cluster assembly.
  2.  
  3. Connect the speedometer cable.
  4.  
  5. Install the 4 screws attaching cluster assembly to instrument panel.
  6.  
  7. Connect shift indicator clip to steering column shift bowl.
  8.  
  9. Install the steering column trim cover.
  10.  
  11. Connect the speedometer cable at the transaxle or cruise control transducer, if equipped.
  12.  
  13. Install the instrument panel cluster trim cover.
  14.  
  15. Install the left instrument panel trim pad.
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  17. Connect the negative battery cable. Tighten the cable bolt to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Reset the radio, clock and any other applicable electronic devices.
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6000
  1. On the electronic instrument cluster you will need to call up and record the maintenance reminder mileages (DIC) before proceeding.
  2.  

The service button is located on the instrument panel, the mileages will display and pushing the system recall button momentarily.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable, and remove the center and left side lower instrument panel trim plate.
  2.  
  3. Remove the screws securing the instrument cluster to the instrument panel carrier.
  4.  
  5. Remove the instrument cluster lens to gain access to the speedometer head and gauges.
  6.  
  7. Remove right side and left side hush panels and steering column trim cover. Disconnect the parking brake cable and vent cables, if equipped.
  8.  
  9. Remove steering column retaining bolts and lower the steering column.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect temperature control cable, inner-to-outer air conditioning wire harness and inner-to-outer air conditioning vacuum harness, if equipped.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the chassis harness behind the left lower instrument panel and ECM/PCM connectors behind glove box. Disconnect instrument panel harness at cowl.
  14.  
  15. Remove center instrument panel trim plate, radio, (if equipped) and disconnect the neutral switch and brake light switch.
  16.  
  17. Remove upper and lower instrument panel retaining screws, nuts and bolts.
  18.  
  19. Pull instrument panel assembly out far enough to disconnect ignition switch, headlight dimmer switch and turn signal switch. Disconnect all other accessory wiring and vacuum lines necessary to remove instrument panel assembly.
  20.  
  21. Remove instrument panel assembly with wiring harness.
  22.  

To install:
  1. Install instrument panel assembly with wiring harness.
  2.  
  3. Connect ignition switch, headlight dimmer switch and turn signal switch. Connect all other accessory wiring and vacuum lines.
  4.  
  5. Install upper and lower instrument panel retaining screws, nuts and bolts.
  6.  
  7. Connect neutral switch and brake light switch. Install the radio, if equipped, and install center instrument panel trim plate.
  8.  
  9. Connect chassis harness behind left lower instrument panel and ECM/PCM connectors behind glove box. Connect instrument panel harness at cowl.
  10.  
  11. Connect temperature control cable, inner-to-outer air conditioning wire harness and inner-to-outer air conditioning vacuum harness, if equipped.
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  13. Raise the steering column and install retaining bolts.
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  15. Install right side and left side hush panels, steering column trim cover and connect parking brake cable and vent cables, if equipped.
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  17. Install the instrument cluster lens.
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  19. Install the screws securing the instrument cluster to the instrument panel carrier.
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  21. Install the center and left side lower instrument panel trim plate.
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  23. Connect the negative battery cable. Tighten the cable bolt to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
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  25. Reset the radio, clock and any other applicable electronic devices.
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  27. Reset the service reminder:
    1. Sequence through the service items by momentarily depressing and releasing the button until the desired service item is displayed. When the desired item is displayed DO NOT release the button.
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    3. After the button is held for 5-10 seconds, the service interval miles displayed will count down in 500 mile intervals. When the desired interval is reached, release the button.
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