Honda Accord/Prelude 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Instrument Panel/Dashboard

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



The dashboard removal procedures require removal of the steering wheel and/or instrument cluster before beginning these procedures. Please refer to the appropriate sections. All wires and hoses should be labeled at the time of removal. The amount of time saved during reassembly makes the extra effort well worthwhile.

1984-85 Accord

See Figure 1

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the left side lower dash panel and the fuse box cover. Take careful note of the screw installation positions; what appears to be a screw hole in the panel is the sound outlet for the seat belt buzzer.
  4.  
  5. Lower the steering column.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the instrument panel wire harness from the fusebox, the side wiring harness, the interior lighting harness, brake light harness and the engine harness.
  8.  
  9. Remove the heater control panel.
  10.  
  11. Remove the heater control bracket.
  12.  
  13. Remove the dashboard center access panel.
  14.  
  15. Remove the ashtray.
  16.  
  17. Remove the nine dash mounting bolts. Don't forget the two bolts at the sides of the dash; they are concealed by plastic caps.
  18.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Dashboard mounting bolt locations on 1984-85 Accords

  1. With an assistant, lift the dash to release the center guide pin; support the dash evenly and remove it from the car.
  2.  

To install:
  1. Fit the dash into position, making sure the guide pin is engaged.
  2.  
  3. Install the nine bolts and tighten them just snug. Check the position of the dash in all dimensions and adjust as necessary. When properly positioned, tighten the mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Install the ash tray and center access panel.
  6.  
  7. Install the heater control bracket and the heater controls.
  8.  
  9. Engage the wiring connectors. Make certain all harnesses are routed and secured properly.
  10.  
  11. Raise the steering column.
  12.  
  13. Install the fuse box cover and install the lower dash panel.
  14.  

1986-89 Accord

See Figure 2

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower dash panel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the steering column cover(s.)
  6.  
  7. Remove the turn signal cancel sleeve and the combination switch.
  8.  
  9. Remove the ashtray holder.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the wire harnesses at the fusebox area. Label the connectors for ease of reassembly.
  12.  



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Fig. Fig. 2: Dashboard mounting bolt locations on 1986-89 Accords

  1. Remove the hood release handle, but do not disconnect the cable.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the cables at the center outlet of the heater duct. Disconnect the antenna cable at the radio.
  4.  
  5. Remove the dash mounting bolts.
  6.  
  7. With an assistant, lift the dash to release the center guide pin; support the dash evenly and remove it from the car.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Fit the dash into position, making sure the guide pin is engaged.
  2.  
  3. Install the bolts and tighten them just snug. Check the position of the dash in all dimensions and adjust as necessary. When properly positioned, tighten the mounting bolts. Double check for pinched wires or interference with heater control cables.
  4.  
  5. Connect the antenna cable.
  6.  
  7. Connect the cables at the center heater outlet.
  8.  
  9. Install the hood release handle.
  10.  
  11. Engage the wiring connectors at the fusebox.
  12.  
  13. Install the ashtray holder.
  14.  
  15. Install the combination switch, cancel sleeve and the steering column cover(s.)
  16.  
  17. Install the dash lower panel.
  18.  

1990-93 Accord

See Figure 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and disable the SRS system (if equipped.)
  2.  
  3. Slide the seats back all the way.
  4.  
  5. Remove the console.
  6.  
  7. Remove the knee bolster and lower panel.
  8.  
  9. Remove the steering column. Observe all precautions for SRS systems.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the dash wiring harness from the individual connectors and the fusebox.
  12.  
  13. Remove the clips securing the carpet and disconnect the antenna lead.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the heater control cable and function control cable.
  16.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: Dashboard removal on 1990-93 Accord

  1. Remove the caps on the side panels of the dashboard.
  2.  
  3. Remove the clock.
  4.  
  5. Remove the seven mounting bolts.
  6.  
  7. With an assistant, lift the dashboard and remove it from the vehicle.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Fit the dash into position, making sure the guide pin is engaged.
  2.  
  3. Install the bolts and tighten them just snug. Check the position of the dash in all dimensions and adjust as necessary. When properly positioned, tighten the mounting bolts. Double check for pinched wires or interference with heater control cables.
  4.  
  5. Install the clock. Install the caps on the side panels.
  6.  
  7. Connect the heater control and function cables.
  8.  
  9. Connect the antenna lead, then reposition and secure the carpet.
  10.  
  11. Connect the dash harness to the individual connectors and the fusebox.
  12.  
  13. Install the steering column.
  14.  
  15. Install the knee bolster and lower panel.
  16.  
  17. Connect the negative battery cable and enable the SRS system.
  18.  

1994-95 Accord

See Figure 4

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and disable the SRS system.
  2.  
  3. Remove the console.
  4.  
  5. Remove the dashboard lower covers.
  6.  
  7. Remove the screws securing the glove box, then remove it from the vehicle.
  8.  
  9. Lower the steering column.
  10.  
  11. Unplug the dashboard wire harness connectors and detach the harness clips. Label the connectors for ease of assembly.
  12.  
  13. Disconnect the air mix control cable.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the recirculation control motor and resistor connectors.
  16.  
  17. Remove the side defogger outlets on each side of the dash. These can be removed from the dash using a small prytool.
  18.  
  19. Remove the bolts securing the dashboard.
  20.  



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Fig. Fig. 4: Dashboard mounting bolt locations on 1994-95 Accord

  1. Remove the nuts securing the air bag assembly, and remove it from the dashboard. Carefully store the air bag in a safe area with the pad side facing upwards.
  2.  
  3. With an assistant, lift the dashboard and remove it from the vehicle.
  4.  

To install:
  1. Fit the dash into position, making sure the guide pin is engaged.
  2.  
  3. Fit the air bag in the dashboard. Use new mounting nuts to secure the air bag; tighten them to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm.)
  4.  
  5. Tighten the bolts securing the dashboard until snug.
  6.  
  7. Install the side defogger outlets.
  8.  
  9. Connect the air mix control cable and engage the electrical connections.
  10.  
  11. Raise the steering column.
  12.  
  13. Install the glove box, dashboard lower covers and console.
  14.  
  15. Connect the negative battery cable and enable the SRS system.
  16.  

1984-87 Prelude

See Figure 5

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the left side lower trim panel and the fusebox cover. Remove the lower left dash panel by unscrewing the four bolts.
  4.  
  5. Open the glove box. Remove the ashtray.
  6.  
  7. Remove the bolts securing the lower right dash panel (inside the glove box.) Disconnect the wiring for the glove box light, ashtray light, radio and antenna.
  8.  
  9. Remove the panel with the radio still installed.
  10.  
  11. Remove the heater control panel.
  12.  
  13. Remove the cable mounting screws and disconnect the wiring harness to the heater controls.
  14.  
  15. Remove the instrument cluster.
  16.  
  17. Remove the clock.
  18.  
  19. Label and disconnect the instrument harness from the fusebox, side harness, instrument sub-harness, heater, interior light timer and chime.
  20.  
  21. Remove the nine dash mounting bolts. Don't forget the two bolts at the sides of the dash.
  22.  



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Fig. Fig. 5: Dashboard mounting bolt locations on 1984-87 Prelude

  1. With an assistant, lift the dash to release the center guide pin; support the dash evenly and remove it from the car.
  2.  

To install:
  1. Fit the dash into position, making sure the guide pin is engaged.
  2.  
  3. Install the nine bolts and tighten them just snug. Check the position of the dash in all dimensions and adjust as necessary. When properly positioned, tighten the mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Engage the individual wiring connectors to the instrument wire harness.
  6.  
  7. Install the clock.
  8.  
  9. Install the instrument cluster.
  10.  
  11. Engage the heater control wiring connector; install the heater control panel.
  12.  
  13. Install the right side lower panel and radio.
  14.  
  15. Connect the related wiring circuits at the right side lower panel.
  16.  
  17. Install the ashtray.
  18.  
  19. Install the lower left dash panel. Install the trim panel and fuse box cover.
  20.  

1988-91 Prelude

See Figure 6

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Slide the seats all the way back.
  4.  
  5. Remove the lower left dash panel. When the panel is loose, unplug the wiring connector.
  6.  
  7. Remove the front and rear consoles.
  8.  
  9. Unplug the wire harnesses from the connector bracket and the fusebox.
  10.  
  11. Disconnect the speedometer cable.
  12.  
  13. Remove the six screws securing the radio panel, remove the panel and disconnect the wiring and antenna at the radio.
  14.  
  15. Remove the radio assembly.
  16.  
  17. Disconnect the heater control cable.
  18.  
  19. If equipped with automatic transaxle, unplug the shift position switch connectors at the shifter.
  20.  
  21. Disconnect the wiring at the heater control.
  22.  
  23. Remove the clock.
  24.  
  25. Lower the steering column.
  26.  
  27. Remove the dash mounting bolts
  28.  



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Fig. Fig. 6: Dashboard mounting bolt locations on 1988-91 Preludes

  1. With an assistant, lift the dash to release the center guide pin; support the dash evenly and remove it from the car.
  2.  

To install:
  1. Fit the dash into position, making sure the guide pin is engaged.
  2.  
  3. Install the nine bolts and tighten them just snug. Check the position of the dash in all dimensions and adjust as necessary. When properly positioned, tighten the mounting bolts.
  4.  
  5. Raise and install the steering column.
  6.  
  7. Install the clock.
  8.  
  9. Connect the wiring to the heater controls.
  10.  
  11. Connect the wiring to the automatic shift selector.
  12.  
  13. Install the heater control cable.
  14.  
  15. Install the radio. Engage the radio wiring and antenna connectors.
  16.  
  17. Install the radio panel.
  18.  
  19. Connect the speedometer cable.
  20.  
  21. Connect the wiring at the fusebox and connector bracket.
  22.  
  23. Install the front and rear consoles.
  24.  
  25. Install the lower dash panel.
  26.  

1992-95 Prelude

See Figure 7

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and disable the SRS system.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front seats.
  4.  
  5. Remove the console and glove box.
  6.  
  7. Remove the dashboard lower covers.
  8.  
  9. Lower the steering column.
  10.  
  11. Remove the nuts securing the passenger's air bag bracket and remove the bracket.
  12.  
  13. Unplug the dashboard wire harness connectors and disconnect the heater control cable.
  14.  
  15. Remove the six mounting bolts, then remove the dashboard from the vehicle.
  16.  



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Fig. Fig. 7: Dashboard mounting bolt locations on 1992-95 Preludes

To install:
  1. Fit the dash into position, making sure the guide pin is engaged.
  2.  
  3. Install the six mounting bolts and tighten them until snug.
  4.  
  5. Connect the heater control cable and engage the wire harness connectors.
  6.  
  7. Install the nuts securing the air bag bracket; tighten them to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm.)
  8.  
  9. Raise the steering column.
  10.  
  11. Install the dashboard lower covers and console.
  12.  
  13. Install the glove box and front seats.
  14.  

 
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