REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
While reasonably simple to remove, the control panel is connected to the various systems by a cluster of wires, cables and vacuum hoses. Use caution during removal and installation not to damage or crimp these items. Label items as they are disconnected. Work gently and don't force the panel into position; cables and linkages must move smoothly throughout their entire range of travel.200 Series
See Figure 1
- Disconnect the negative lead to the battery.
- Remove the soundproofing and and side panels on both sides of the center dash.
- Remove the radio.
- Loosen and remove the screws holding the control panel cover and move the cover aside.
- Remove the control panel; carefully move it away from the dash as far as possible. Repairs or replacements can now be performed on the back of the control panel. If it is necessary to replace a lever assembly, note that the knob on the front pulls off, allowing the lever to slip through the slot. Any needed adjustments should be performed (to cables etc.) at this time.
- Carefully refit the control panel to the dash.
- Install the cover panel and secure it.
- Reinstall the radio.
- Install the soundproofing and side panels; reconnect the negative battery cable.
See Figure 2
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Carefully remove the trim panel surrounding the heater controls. It will break if you force it.
- Remove the four screws holding the controls to the dash; slide the unit free. Depending on whether the car has the CU, ACC or ECC system, the control unit will have a mass of cables and vacuum lines attached. Label every item you disconnect to ease reinstallation.
- When reassembling, use care to prevent kinks in the vacuum hoses.