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 Post Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:34 am 
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I plan to remove the dash to make repairs on it. Is it possible to remove it with out removing the gauges?


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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:15 pm 
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I think its easier to pull with the cluster disconnected but Ive never done it a different way. It might be possible is you unscrew the bulkhead connector from the firewall but that might be a pain in the butt with the dash hanging there.


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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:47 pm 
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It's been a while since I had a dash out, but I'm pretty sure you HAVE TO take the instrument cluster out to access a couple fasteners behind it. It's not too hard. Everything is routed to one large "connector" that is really just a rectangular opening with the printed circuit board draped over both sides. Terrible 1979 technology. A lot of g body cars have instrument cluster problems due to this poor design. On one of my early Malibus, I did away with this printed circuit nonsense and ran wires to all the gauges and used a huge connector for everything that I got from Radio Shack. Was a long process, but I never had problems with anything after that. Before that, I had intermittent problems with the lights, fuel gauge, and one other gauge I don't remember at the moment, lol.

**That bulkhead connector at the firewall is just for the engine wiring (engine compartment) ONLY. No interior wiring is on that connector.

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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:32 am 
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Thanks guys. I removed the cluster first and moving from there.


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