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The popular dash take-apart article in the CT Tech section went MIA recently. I'm reconstructing that article and also consolidating other info on 1995.5 - 2004 dash removal / disassembly in this new reference thread. :waytogo:

- Enola, June 2013



Because the 1996 FSM documentation at:

http://www.ncttora.com/fsm/index.html

... is imaged as one gigantic graphic (79 Mb), it's a PITA to download and use.

So ... I've excerpted the bits specific to dash removal (such as they are ...).

First - here are two general components overview illustrations ...
 

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Re: 96 taco dash removal

Next ... Here's a fastener specification listing. The letters within circles match to places on the components diagrams (posted above) ...
 

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Re: 96 taco dash removal

Next ... Here are the 1996 FSM instructions on disassembling the driver side area ...
 

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Next ... Removal of the center bezel area ...
 

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Next ... Removal of the cluster and passenger side areas ...
 

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Next ... Removal of the lower dash / panel pieces and the final auxiliary parts ...
 

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Dash Take-Apart Instructions: 1 of 3


By: MTB_taco, MadAktion, Jeff

These instructions will help you take your dash apart to gain access to the instrument cluster and stereo receiver. Always pay attention to the disassembly procedure to remember how to re-assemble the dash.

Tools Needed:



- Stubby Phillips Head Screwdriver
- Small Hook Tool OR Flat Head Screwdriver
- Phillips Head Screwdriver
- 10mm Nut Driver or Socket



1: Remove all of the temperature control knobs, including the A/C button (95-00 models).

Using a small hook or a flat-head screwdriver, carefully pull the control panel straight out. It will pop out with a slight tug.





2: Remove two phillips head screws from behind temperature control panel.




3: Remove ashtray and remove the phillips head screw on upper right side


4: Carefully remove center black dash molding. This can be easily done by grabbing the plastic between the vents and the temperature controls and pulling toward you and slightly down. It will pop out with a slight tug.




5: Disconnect the air bag harness, if applicable.

At this point, you have access to the stereo receiver. The stereo brackets are attached using 4 10mm bolts. These bolts also have a phillips head, but it is recommended that you use a 10mm socket to remove them.

If you wish to gain access to the instrument cluster, continue reading ...
 

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Dash Take-Apart Instructions: 2 of 3


6: Remove the (4) 10mm nuts from the dash molding below the steering wheel. Unscrew the Phillips screw under the left vent.




7: Remove 2 phillips screws that hold the hood release mechanism in place. Manuver the hood release lever free from the dash molding. (The hood release lever may be left in place for the dash panel to lay in the floorboard, if desired.)




8: Carefully pull off the panel. There are clips holding the left side, which will pop off with a slight tug. If you are accessing the instrument cluster, this panel does not need to be completely removed, but rather just dropped down.




9: Now, remove the clock and keyhole panel. It will pop straight off with a slight tug.

 

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Dash Take-Apart Instructions: 3 of 3


10: Next unscrew the black trim around the gauges. There are two screws under the upper panel of the gauge trim panel. This is where the stubby Phillips head screwdriver comes in handy.




11: Next pull the gauge trim out. Pull gently and take care not to pull too hard. If you have a tilt steering wheel, make sure it is tilted all the way down. There are several clips that will pop out with a slight tug.




12: As you pull the gauge trim panel out, disconnect any applicable accesory harnesses: hazard flashers, ECT, clutch start cancel, rear locker, and the dimmer switch.




13: Remove the 4 phillips screws that hold the instrument cluster in place. There are two on each side.




14: Pull the instrument cluster partially out and disconnect the 3 wiring harnesses and remove cluster.




To gain access under the dash on the passenger side, remove the 2 Phillips head screws just beneath the glove box. Unlatch the glove box and take it out.
 

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And, while I'm at it ... I'll be adding further information on 1995.5 - 2004 dash removal from the CT archives so it will all be in one place ... :waytogo:
 

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Here is the 1995.5 / 1996 service manual section on dashboard components and removal procedure.
 

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Here (attached) are the instrumental panel components diagrams and overall removal instructions for the 2000 model year.
 

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... And here are the components diagrams and general removal instructions for the 2001 - 2004 era ...
 

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