GM Century/Lumina/Grand Prix/Intrigue 1997-2000

Instrument Panel and Pad

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PRECAUTIONS



When handling a part that has an "ESD-Sensitive" sticker warning of Electrostatic Discharge (it looks like a hand inside a black triangle with a white stripe through it), follow these guidelines to reduce any possible buildup of electrostatic charge.



If replacing a part that has the sticker, do not open the package until just prior to installation. Before removing the part from its package, ground the package to a good ground on the car.
 
Avoid touching the electrical terminals of the component.
 
Always touch a good ground before handling a part with the sticker. This should be repeated while handling the part; do it more often when sliding across the seat, sitting from a standing position, or after walking.
 


WARNING
As always when working on the vehicles, make sure the THEFTLOCK® feature of the radio is turned off before disconnecting the battery. Otherwise the radio will be internally disabled and will not work even after power has been restored.


CAUTION
All of the vehicles covered by this guide are equipped with Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) or air bag systems. Properly disarm the air bag system before beginning work on the interior of the vehicle. Failure to do so can cause accidental deployment and serious injury. Please refer to the Air Bag Disarming procedure in of this guide.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except Oldsmobile Intrigue

NOTE
Additional information on working around the instrument panel and cluster may be found in .

  1. Disconnect the front door inside carpet retainers.
  2.  
  3. Remove the underdash sound insulators.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the negative battery and disarm the air bag system. Please see .
  6.  
  7. Remove the windshield side upper garnish moldings.
  8.  
  9. Remove the instrument panel upper trim panel as follows:
    1. Insert a flat-bladed tool, downward at the rearmost edge of the upper trim panel.
    2.  
    3. Carefully pry the panel up to release the 10 panel tabs.
    4.  
    5. Lift the rear edge approximately 2 inches and pull the panel rearward to remove.
    6.  

  10.  
  11. Remove the instrument panel lower compartment.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the theft deterrent module.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the passenger side air bag inflator module.
  16.  
  17. Remove the steering column opening filler.
  18.  
  19. Remove the instrument panel cluster trim plate.
  20.  
  21. Remove the console, if equipped.
  22.  
  23. Remove the audio system and HVAC control panel, as outlined in .
  24.  
  25. Remove the instrument panel cluster, as outlined in .
  26.  
  27. Disconnect the headlamp switch, foglamp, HUD switch and trip calculator, as equipped.
  28.  
  29. Disconnect the fuse block.
  30.  
  31. Remove the knee bolster deflector.
  32.  
  33. Remove the steering column retaining nuts and lower the steering column.
  34.  
  35. Remove the instrument panel carrier mounting bolts and screws.
  36.  
  37. Disconnect the Data Link Connector (DLC), lower compartment light and trunk release switch.
  38.  
  39. Remove the instrument panel carrier clips.
  40.  
  41. Reposition the instrument panel wiring harness and remove the carrier assembly.
  42.  



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Fig. Exploded view of a typical instrument panel assembly-Grand Prix, Regal and Cutlass Supreme shown



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Fig. Exploded view of an instrument panel assembly-Chevrolet shown

To install:

  1. Reposition the instrument panel carrier assembly and route the instrument panel wiring.
  2.  
  3. Install the instrument panel carrier clips.
  4.  
  5. Install the Data Link Connector (DLC), lower compartment light and trunk release switch.
  6.  
  7. Install the instrument panel carrier mounting bolts and screws and tighten the bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Raise the steering column and install the retaining nuts.
  10.  
  11. Install the remaining components in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  12.  
  13. Enable the air bag system as outlined in .
  14.  

Oldsmobile Intrigue

NOTE
Additional information on working around the instrument panel and cluster may be found in .

  1. Disable the SIR (air bag) system. Please refer to .
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Remove the windshield side garnish moldings.
  6.  
  7. Remove the instrument panel upper trim pad. Use care. The retaining clips could possibly come loose and fall into the instrument panel. Raise the rear of the pad about 2 inches, then pull to release the upper trim panel retainers. Rotate the sun load sensor and ambient light sensors 1 / 4 turn counterclockwise to release the sensors from the trim panel.
  8.  
  9. Remove the left and right side carpet retainers.
  10.  
  11. Remove the front floor console using the procedure found in this section.
  12.  
  13. Grasp the instrument panel accessory trim plate and carefully and evenly pull to release the retainers from the instrument panel.
  14.  
  15. Detach the heated seat switch electrical connector, if equipped.
  16.  
  17. Remove the instrument panel accessory trim plate.
  18.  
  19. Remove the radio control assembly. Please see .
  20.  
  21. Remove the HVAC control panel as outlined in .
  22.  
  23. Remove the cigarette lighter socket.
  24.  
  25. Remove the left side instrument panel insulator.
  26.  
  27. Remove the screws retaining the Data Link Connector (DLC) and reposition the connector out of the way.
  28.  
  29. Grasp the instrument panel steering column opening filler panel and carefully pull rearward to release the retainers and remove the panel.
  30.  
  31. Remove the bolts retaining the base of the hood release handle and reposition the handle out of the way.
  32.  
  33. Remove the screws retaining the instrument panel switch bank from the instrument panel. Detach the electrical connectors from the switch bank and remove the switch bank.
  34.  
  35. Remove the instrument panel cluster trim plate, remove the cluster screws and detach the instrument cluster connectors. Remove the instrument from the vehicle.
  36.  
  37. Remove the hazard warning and cruise control switches.
  38.  
  39. Remove the ignition switch.
  40.  
  41. Remove the inside air temperature sensor, if equipped.
  42.  
  43. Remove the bolts retaining the knee bolster bracket to the instrument panel and to the steering column bracket. Remove the knee bolster bracket.
  44.  
  45. Remove the steering wheel following all of the cautions given in the procedure in .
  46.  
  47. Using a small flat-bladed tool, carefully release the front floor console power accessory port from the console. Detach the electrical connector and remove the accessory port.
  48.  
  49. Remove the right side instrument panel insulator.
  50.  
  51. Remove the instrument panel compartment.
  52.  
  53. Remove the instrument panel compartment lamp switch.
  54.  
  55. Remove the right side instrument panel access opening cover.
  56.  
  57. Depress the fuse block upper locking tab and carefully rotate the fuse block inward to release the fuse block from the instrument panel. Reposition the fuse block out of the way.
  58.  
  59. Remove the bolts retaining the instrument panel to the right side hinge pillar.
  60.  
  61. Remove the bolts retaining the center of the instrument panel.
  62.  
  63. Remove the left side instrument panel access opening cover.
  64.  
  65. Remove the bolts retaining the instrument panel to the left side hinge pillar.
  66.  
  67. Remove the bolts retaining the upper edge of the instrument panel.
  68.  
  69. Reposition the instrument panel wiring harness away from the instrument panel.
  70.  
  71. Carefully remove the instrument panel from the vehicle.
  72.  

To install:

  1. Carefully install the instrument panel into the vehicle, positioning the instrument panel wiring harness. Install the following:
    1. Instrument panel upper retaining bolts and tighten to 44 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
    2.  
    3. Instrument panel to hinge pillar retaining bolts and tighten to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
    4.  
    5. Instrument panel center retaining bolts and tighten to 44 inch lbs. (5 Nm).
    6.  

  2.  
  3. Align the fuse block lower retaining tabs into position in the fuse block cutout on the instrument panel. Carefully rotate the upper edge of the fuse block outward to secure the upper locking tab into position. Install the left and right instrument panel end access opening covers.
  4.  
  5. Install the instrument panel compartment lamp switch and install the compartment (sometimes called a glove box).
  6.  
  7. Install the right side insulator panel.
  8.  
  9. Attach the electrical connector to the front floor console power accessory port. Align the port to the console and press into place to secure.
  10.  
  11. Install the steering column. Please see the procedures and cautions in .
  12.  
  13. Install the knee bolster bracket to the steering column bracket. Tighten the bolts to 53 inch lbs. (6 Nm).
  14.  
  15. Install the inside air temperature sensor, if equipped.
  16.  
  17. Install the ignition switch.
  18.  
  19. Install hazard warning and cruise control switch.
  20.  
  21. Attach the electrical connector to the instrument panel cluster, position and install the cluster. Install the cluster trim plate.
  22.  
  23. Attach the electrical connectors to the instrument panel switch bank and install the switch bank to the instrument panel.
  24.  
  25. Install the hood release handle to the instrument panel.
  26.  
  27. Align the instrument panel steering column opening filler panel to the instrument panel, then carefully press into place to secure the retainers.
  28.  
  29. Install the Data Link Connector (DLC) and the left side insulator panel.
  30.  
  31. Install the cigarette lighter socket.
  32.  
  33. Install the HVAC control panel and the radio. Please see for additional information on these components.
  34.  
  35. Attach the heated seat switch electrical connector, if equipped.
  36.  
  37. Align the instrument panel accessory trim plate retainers to the slots in the instrument panel. Carefully and evenly press the trim plate into place to secure the retainers.
  38.  
  39. Install the front floor console using the procedures found in this section.
  40.  
  41. Install the left and right side front carpet retainers.
  42.  
  43. Install the instrument panel upper trim pad and the windshield side garnish moldings.
  44.  
  45. Connect the negative battery cable and enable the SIR (air bag) system. Please see .
  46.  

 
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