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Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by Coupe633 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:40 am

I have had to remove my instrument cluster a number of times for various reasons such as repairing the Odometer or replacing the SI Board after the batteries died. This time I had to clean the clear plastic face plate because of some biological growth due to my moon roof drains being clogged.
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If you plan to remove your instrument cluster this would be a good time to also replace the illumination bulbs. First you will need to remove the lower cover then the upper cover which has 4 screws.
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You will need to remove the two wires from the switch. When reconnecting them, it won't matter which of these wires are connected to which terminal.
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Then remove the steering column cover which has a small screw towards the bottom and two long screws at the top.
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Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by Coupe633 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:49 am

Next the steering column will need to be lowered. There are two 12mm or 13mm bolts that will need to be removed then the steering column will drop down a few inches which will allow the instrument cluster to clear the steering wheel.
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Next, carefully pry the Warning Light Panel Cover off and there will be three screws to remove.
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Once the Emergency Light Panel has been pulled out there will be two screws that hold the right side of the instrument cluster in that will need to be removed.
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Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by Coupe633 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:04 am

Move from the the left side of the Instrument Cluster and carefully pry the cover plate from between the right side of the Instrument Cluster and the comfort controls. There will be only two screws to remove the Instrument Cluster. The top and bottom screws. The other two screws are for the Comfort Control panel to the right.
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Next, carefully pull the Instrument cluster out and flip it down to the Steering Column.
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You will need to carefully pry off the wiring harnesses that are connected to the back of the Instrument Cluster. Best to start from the left with the Headlight Indicator Light and move to the right.
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This should free up the Instrument Cluster and it should now slip out between the top of the dash and the lowered steering wheel.
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Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by Coupe633 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:17 am

There are eight screws that will need to be removed and this will allow the Cluster to separate from the front housing. Be careful as the speedometer may separate from the rest of the Cluster. The Illumination bulbs are located at the very top of the Cluster and are held in by gray sockets that will turn out.
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Be extremely careful to not damage the needles on the instruments.
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The first time I removed the Instrument Cluster it took me several hours and I was terrified I would not be able to reinstall everything correctly. It only took me about an hour to remove the Cluster this time and take these photos. I hope this will help someone tackle their Instrument Cluster issues and you won't be afraid to venture in there where you thought you shouldn't be digging around. It's not that difficult but you will have to crawl in on the floor in front of the front seat so be ready to twist up your back a bit and good luck.

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Re: Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by KINGJOHN808 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:27 am

Wow!

Great write up with pictures. Have been waiting to tackle this for fear or breaking things in and around the dash. I have two of these to remove so one is for practice as its a parts car. Will document mine as well.

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Re: Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by Slownrusty » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:36 pm

Fantastic thread! Thanks for sharing

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Re: Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by ron » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:28 pm

I've moved this to "tech articles" as it is SO useful.
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Re: Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by hornhospital » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:08 am

Bravo, sir! =D> If someone can't remove the cluster using those instructions and pictures, there's not much hope for them.
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Re: Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by GRNSHRK » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:51 am

That's real nice Ken :roll:

Seriously great writeup thanks for posting =D>

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Re: Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by clipper47 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:56 pm

Great writeup with clear photos. Thanks.
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Re: Removing the Instrument Cluster

Post by psdejong » Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:14 pm

Thanks for this write up. I am just about to start doing the same thing on my 1988 M6. I have no adjustable steering wheel, but I guess I'll have to take the steering wheel off.
Great job!

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