This writeup is being written as part of a larger how to concerning the Heater Core/Evaporator Core black box R&R.
I recently did this with the assistance of a mechanic that I enlisted from Craigslist (yes, we negotiated one heck of a price. He earned some cash and I had piece of mind that it was going to be done right. Also saved a heck of a lot of green
If you have a floor shifter, please see Floor Shifter Console Removal Procedure that I have written up first. You will need to get that out of the way before trying to remove the dash.
First remove the Glove Box and Integrated Control Panel (stereo in basic terms). The glove box has 2 smaller bolts that are removed and it just drops down. For the ICP
, just take two removal hooks, place them into the holes on each side of the radio and pull out. Disconnect any wires in the back.
Now, use a spatula to pry up the plastic front cowl piece. Remove the 3 bolts that are holding the dash to the firewall.
again, use the spatula to pry up the plastic on both the Drivers side and Passenger side door areas to reveal two large bolts. Remove both of these on both sides (4 bolts total).
Remove the steering wheel
Steering Wheel Removal:
Basically the procedure is to remove two little gold bolts that hold the cover (under the steering column) on. Pry that cover off.
Remove two more bolts for the stabilizer bar (bar that the OBDII port is connected two.
Last remove 4 bolts that hold the column to the dash. If you want to remove the column from the firewall/dash altogether, then loosen one bolt at the y-joint.
Back to the dash. Make sure to unplug all the electronic connections possible (sorry no pics of that). Most of them will be on the drivers side by the fuse box. Check and double check. Once all the connections are free'd up, then roll the dash forward
Installation will be reverse of the removal. Before bolting things down, make sure to check that A/C
, Heat, fans, lights, everything works right. You don't want to put it all back together just to find out that a vacuum hose was not connected at all and thus causing the blender door not to work properly do you (take it from me... you don't want to!)