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Old 06-13-2006, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How To Take Apart Dash In Dodge Ram 05'

My dad needs to take top part of dash off,, just wondered if anybody on here could help me thanks (05 Dodge Ram)
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I'm guessing what you are wanting to do is going to need some fairly extensive instructions so there is really little way that someone here can fully explain everything that goes into taking a dash apart, your best bet is to either research it fully on the net or even better buy a builder's manual.

Or do like I always did, do it on your own, take it slow and easy and start taking out hex screws, marking where every part goes and making sure to take your time so you don't screw something up.
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Quote: Originally Posted by RTShadow
I'm guessing what you are wanting to do is going to need some fairly extensive instructions so there is really little way that someone here can fully explain everything that goes into taking a dash apart, your best bet is to either research it fully on the net or even better buy a builder's manual.

Or do like I always did, do it on your own, take it slow and easy and start taking out hex screws, marking where every part goes and making sure to take your time so you don't screw something up.

I am interested also since I need to replace a dash bulb.
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are we talking dash or cluster?
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Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, disengage the eight retainer clips (1) that secure the rear of the instrument panel top cover (2) to the top of the instrument panel (3).
Pull the instrument panel top cover rearward to release the five retainer clips (4) that secure the front of the instrument panel top cover to the top of the instrument panel and remove the cover.
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Here is most of the directions. They usually hyperlink you to different pages, so I copied each one. They aren't necessarily in order.



REMOVAL
WARNING: To avoid personal injury or death, on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the supplemental restraint system before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait two minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the supplemental restraint system. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.






Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.

Remove the cluster bezel from the instrument panel. (Refer to 23 - BODY/INSTRUMENT PANEL/CLUSTER BEZEL - REMOVAL).

Remove the four screws (3) that secure the instrument cluster (2) to the instrument panel structural support (4).

Pull the instrument cluster rearward far enough to access and disconnect the three instrument panel wire harness connectors (1) from the connector receptacles on the back of the cluster housing.

Remove the instrument cluster from the instrument panel.

(CLUSTER BEZEL REMOVAL (23)


Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
Remove the headlamp switch bezel (Refer to 23 - BODY/INSTRUMENT PANEL/INSTRUMENT PANEL SWITCH BEZEL - REMOVAL).
Remove the instrument panel center bezel (Refer to 23 - BODY/INSTRUMENT PANEL/INSTRUMENT PANEL CENTER BEZEL - REMOVAL).
Remove the two screws (2) that secure the top of the instrument cluster bezel (3) to the instrument panel (1).
Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, disengage the two retainer clips (4) that secure the bottom of the instrument cluster bezel to the instrument panel.
Carefully disengage the instrument cluster bezel from the instrument panel opening and remove the bezel.






Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, disengage the top retainer clips on the steering column opening cover and the lower drivers side bezel.
Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, disengage the retainer clips that secure the headlamp switch bezel (1) to the instrument panel (2).
Disconnect the wire harness connector (3) from the headlamp switch (4) and remove the switch bezel.



Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
Remove the steering column opening cover (Refer to 23 - BODY/INSTRUMENT PANEL/STEERING COLUMN OPENING COVER - REMOVAL).
CAUTION: When servicing the instrument center bezel, use tape or another suitable material to protect the cup holder and ash receiver from cosmetic damage.

Open the ashtray and the cup holder.
Remove the screw (3) that secures the instrument panel center bezel (2) to the instrument panel (1).
Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, disengage the retainer clips that secure the instrument panel center bezel to the instrument panel.
Disconnect the wire harness connectors and remove the center bezel from the vehicle.






Remove the two screws (1) that secure the bottom of the steering column opening cover (2) to the instrument panel.
Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, release the two retainer clips that secure the top of the steering column opening cover to the instrument panel and remove the cover.
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Quote: Originally Posted by hemidakota
Dash light

Which one?
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Upper right gauge light
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If you follow these instructions, the cluster lights should twist right out from the back side once you get the cluster removed.
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Quote: Originally Posted by thepowertowin


Using a trim stick C-4755 or equivalent, disengage the eight retainer clips (1) that secure the rear of the instrument panel top cover (2) to the top of the instrument panel (3).
Pull the instrument panel top cover rearward to release the five retainer clips (4) that secure the front of the instrument panel top cover to the top of the instrument panel and remove the cover.


thanks man,, this should do the trick
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pretty easy to do hemi dakota only took me about 30 mins totall to get the guages out of my ram only its a tough time getting the connectors undone
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If you can work a set of Legos you can take the interior of any recent Mopar apart (with exception for that rare screwdriver or socket usage).
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well, that sounds a LOT easier than the older model FWD dodges from 80 to 95ish, yikes those were a pain in the butt to tear apart. But then again, I'm thinking of changing heater cores so that's probably more in depth.

Nothing like spending 3 hours figuring out why the horn won't work, only to find out a tiny metal clip on a bolt for the steering column was the problem
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Quote: Originally Posted by bannanasrfun
pretty easy to do hemi dakota only took me about 30 mins totall to get the guages out of my ram only its a tough time getting the connectors undone

Yes, in the past I had broken quite of few red clips.
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