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Please read through this entire DIY before beginning.

This DIY will cover the nuts and bolts removing and replacing your cluster and swapping gauges between clusters. It may also be useful for installing glow gauges but that won't specifically be covered here. For those of you upgrading gauges, I encourage you to swap them out into your original cluster since you then won't have to worry about a different odometer mileage, the possibility of burnt out lights, the number of doors on the indicator(coupes have two door indicators and sedans four) or the presence or lack of the automatic light tree. Also, I'm not certain if this car has its speed calibrated in the cluster or else ware but I can say with GPS certainty that my speed is 100% accurate using the original cluster base. With that out of the way,

Heres what you'll need:
Small Flat Head Screwdriver
Large Phillips Head Screwdriver

This will take about an hour.

First we're going to remove the panel under the steering wheel. First get your small flat head screw driver under this panel in the slit and gently pry it out.

When reinstalling this screw, don't tighten too hard as you're screwing into a plastic tab.

Now remove the screw as pictured below and place the panel you just removed half way back so not to get in the way.


Now remove the screw at the back right of the panel then the screw behind the hood release:



The panel is now hanging on by a clip behind the ignition. Its a little tough to get off but with a bit of muscle pulling towards you it will pop right off. To better understand how to pry, here are pictures of how its situated:



Now we need to do what we took that panel off to get to: remove the two screws securing the cluster bezel. Mine are technically not present as pictured as they are not needed to keep the bezel in place but their screw holes are circled in red in the below two pictures:

This ignition side screw can be a bit difficult to find but with a flashlight, you'll find its the only phillips head screw up there to be removed.


Now you're going to want to telescope your steering wheel all the way towards you. This should be self-explanitory, but I have a photo of it and I went through the trouble of marking it, so heres how you do it if you're genuinely lost(hope I don't confuse people with them new fangled electronic tilt/telescoping wheels):


You can now remove the cluster bezel. There are two small clips holding the top in place so pull right at the top until they pop out then pull the bezel straight out. Be sure to remove the two connectors on the right and one on the left before fully yanking the bezel out of the way.


Now we can remove the four screws securing the cluster, two on each side. Be careful not to drop the screws into the cavity:



Now before we yank the cluster out, we have to remove four harnesses from the cluster. Three on top, one on bottom. Heres the bottom:

Two on the top right:

And one on the top left:


The to connectors can be a bit tricky so take your time. Your small flat head screw driver may be helpful in getting at the releases and prying the harnesses out. Remember: Patience.

From now on, there is no reason to muscle anything. Tip the cluster all the way forward and gently wiggle it out. Be mindful of the trip reset button and the clear plastic clips on the bottom.


And thats it. You can slide it out to the left or right. On to disassembling the cluster. First we need to pull the clear plastic off the top. On the end of the trip reset button, theres a tiny tip. Pull this off. Now remove the light in back with the wire leading to the top of the cluster and then press in these three clips on top and four on bottom:




The top pulls off and now you can pull the face plate off:


The gauges are fragile so be careful how you situate the cluster while remove and reinstalling the gauges. There are three screws per gauge on the back of the cluster. Red for the temp gauge, blue for the tach, green for the speedo and yellow for the fuel gauge:


Take each set of screws out one at a time holding the gauge with your hand on the other side so it doesn't spill out. Once the screws are out, the gauges lift out no problem and you can put in the gauge of your taste.

Reinstalling all of this is essentially the reverse of the removal. When placing the cluster back in its cavity, place the wire harnesses on top of the cluster so they don't get buried behind everything once its situated. Don't forget to plug in all four wire harnesses either. Don't forget about the one screw that screws into the plastic tab... be gentle. Finally, when you get everything back together, try not to stare at your speedo too intently. Having gone from grandma gauges to modern 140s then again to 160s, I understand how distracting something so involved in the function of your driving can be, but please don't crash your car over it.

Enjoy!
 

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Excellent write up with very good details and pics. This will help out a lot of newbies sometime ask such simple questions about how to change bulbs in the cluster gauge involving removal cluster, yup, those hidden Phillips screws are a bit tricky if not aware :thumbsup:
 

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Nice :thumbsup: pics and write up. Guess I should have done some picture taking today too, as I just pulled another dash out and pulled the above too.
It never hurts:)

Excellent write up with very good details and pics. This will help out a lot of newbies sometime ask such simple questions about how to change bulbs in the cluster gauge involving removal cluster, yup, those hidden Phillips screws are a bit tricky if not aware :thumbsup:
A write up like this was invaluable to me not so long ago. Recently the pictures went bad on it though so I decided to write up a new one. I love giving back to the community. I owe a lot to this place.
 

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Nice Post!
This will def help me when i need to take out the cluster to change the gauges!
Thank you for the pics and steps! :)
 

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Thank you for this write up, I do have a question: Once you install the new cluster, will it automatically conform to the gas levels that you have? Do you have to do any calibrating or is it just plug and play?
 

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Thank you for this write up, I do have a question: Once you install the new cluster, will it automatically conform to the gas levels that you have? Do you have to do any calibrating or is it just plug and play?
Plug and play, the needle will automatically conform to the gas level you have.
 

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its so scary how simple this stuff is
Easy is hard. A team of people spent a lot of time making sure all these components go in and out with ease. What really amazes me is how no screws are visible from the interior yet its still easy to peal your car away prying in the right places.
 

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Its come to my attention that none of my pictures ever show the cluster completely disassembled which has lead to confusion over exactly what bits get removed and which bits remain. As such, heres a picture of things pulled apart.



As you can see, the odometer, trip mileage, light tree and door indicator all remain original after this swap.

Any possibility a mod could toss that at the bottom of the OP and move this to the DIY section? Thanks.
 

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I just wanted to add one tip to this great right up.

If you seem to be struggling getting your cluster out from behind the steering wheel, remember to telescope the steering will out to the furthest from the dash setting.
 

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bravo!!
kudos my good man..
simple yet priceless info...
thank you so much for the info :D
 

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Thnx man I needed this!
Found a new cluster cover, and have done all of those first steps not long ago.
Question... I just heard that the clear cover is not made to be removed from the cluster even though it has 2 screws that would suggest otherwise?...
I could swear when I took mine off it was the bottom that got stuck and I just pulled on the wrong spot a little to hard when I shoulda pulled from the bottom center and it would not have cracked.
I just wanted to screw a new plastic cover onto my existing cluster which would take 5min...
Is that possible without breaking it? Or do i have to reinstall a visor with cover attached in order to have a new cover over my gages?
Seriously I know this sounds simple, but if I could just screw on another clear cover it would be 10X simpler for my newbie self.
 
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