Removing the instrument cluster
by Martin Howell
- Remove the 4 screws holding the panel underneath the steering wheel - two are screwed vertically upwards, the others are on the bottom edge of the panel facing horizontally
- Gently pull this panel away from its clips: note that there are wires connected to the lower switch panel, be careful not to damage them. You can either leave the panel hanging on the wires, or unplug them - if you do this, tape the wires to something to stop them falling away inside the instrument panel and/or shorting out on the bodywork
- Remove ashtray (it just pulls out upwards )
- Remove the gearshift boot by pulling it upwards at the front, and unhooking the tabs at the rear.
- Remove the panel around the gearlever by easing it up and off the 4 clips that retain it and moving it backwards to unhook the two tabs that engage with the base of the centre plastic panel
- Undo the 2 screws at the front edge of the ashtray opening, they retain the bottom edge of the centre plastic panel.
- Gently pull the centre plastic panel off its clips: there are two electrical connectors, one for the hazards, the other for the lighter - unplug these by depressing the little catch on each plastic connector and pulling it off, tape the wires to the dash to stop them falling inside.
- Undo the single screw to the left of the steering column and pull the right hand plastic panel off its clips
- At either side of the top of the instrument cluster are 2 screws. Remove these, and pull off the narrow plastic strip that runs across the top of the cluster - you will need to pull the tabs at each end away from the plastic location pegs then pull the strip downwards to remove it from 2 clips.
- Undo the remaining screw from the right hand side of the steering column and gently pull the cluster towards you until you can get access to the back of it.
- There are three connectors on the back. To unplug them, press the catch in and gently pull out of its socket. The middle one also has a cable clip pressed into a hole, it just pulls out.
- The cluster can now be removed. Be careful not to snag the plastic printed circuit on anything as you remove it.
- Each of the bulbs on the panel is held in by a black or blue plastic knob, turn them around 60 degrees anticlockwise to remove. The big ones are the dashboard lights, the small ones are warning lights.
- The fuel gauge sender is connected to a chrome screw marked with a "F" on the right hand side of the cluster (looking from the rear side of the cluster). There are other screws marked IG+ and E. The temperature gauge sender is connected on the other side with a screw marked "T"
Same as removal, except in reverse order. Note the following:
- The cluster can only be screwed in place once the top plastic strip has been clipped back in, then screw in just the top 2 screws and the third on to the right of the steering column.
- Refit the right hand panel (replace the screw on the left of the steering column), then the centre panel in its clips, and secure with the screws in the ashtray.
- Fit lower panel and screw into place
- Replace the ashtray.
- Don't forget to replace any wiring connectors that you took off. Thump all the panels gently with your fist to ensure the clips are all snapped in place before tightening screws.
- Make sure everything works.