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Old 05-11-2009, 03:21 AM
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I'm thinking of removing the dashboard on my 2005 Dakota, anyone know how difficult this is? If you have any information on how to do this, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm trying to get to the firewall so I can trace a water leak.
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:14 AM
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I can access my alldatadiy from work, but not photbucket. Give me 4 hours and I'll go home and post pics ****ing galore for you. I guess I could post the steps now, and the pics during lunch. Standby...
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:19 AM
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feel free to throw this in 3rd gen dak faqs as well emery, so i don't have to copy/paste all this crap again

1. Before proceeding with the following repair procedure, review all warnings and cautions.
2. Disconnect and isolate battery negative cable.
3. Remove the floor console (7).

4. Remove the driver side door sill trim cover (1).

5. Remove the steering column opening cover (2).

6. Position the front wheels straight ahead.
7. Remove the steering column tilt lever ****.
8. Remove the column shrouds (1& 2).

9. Disconnect the brake switch electrical connector (1).

10. Disconnect the wiring harness to the column (1, 2 & 3).

11. Remove the shift cable (2) from the column shift lever actuator (1).
12. Release the shift cable from the column bracket and remove it from the bracket.
13. Remove the SKIM module in order to disconnect the electrical connector.

14. Remove the upper steering shaft coupler bolt (2) from the column (1).
15. Separate the shaft from the coupler (7).

16. Remove the four steering column mounting nuts (4).
17. Remove the steering column assembly (3) from the vehicle.

18. Remove the bolts (2) from the pedal support (1).

19. Remove the defroster grille (1).
20. Remove the five upper fence line bolts (1).

21. Disconnect the HVAC electrical connector.

22. Loosen the screws (2 & 3) and disconnect the electrical connectors (1, 2 & 3).

23. Remove the bolt (2) and the ground (1) from the left a-pillar.

24. Disconnect the ABS module electrical connectors (1).

25. Separate the center wire harness from the center support.
26. Remove the two center support bolts (3).
27. Remove the two left support bolts (2).

28. Remove the passenger door sill trim cover (1).

29. Remove the passenger side end cap.Drivers side shown, passenger side similar.

30. Disconnect the antenna cable.

31. Remove the bolt (1) and nut (4) and disconnect the grounds (2 & 3).

32. Disconnect the antenna amplifier connector, if equipped.
33. Remove the right side support bolts (2) and with the help of another person, remove the instrument panel assembly from the vehicle.

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Old 05-11-2009, 09:55 AM
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nice, that makes it sound harder than it really is. lol I have had mine out once, and it didnt take all that long. once you get it loos and can start unplugging stuff... lol


I copied that post into the FAQ section. if you do post pics, I will add them to the thread.
Thanks
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:10 AM
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sawzall and a crowbar, always worked for me,
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:13 PM
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Thanks, I'm going to attempt this this weekend- hopefully I can put it back together.
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:58 PM
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Lotsa pics now. Should help.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:22 PM
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Lotsa pics now. Should help.
nice, the pics help a lot. The only area where I think I might have trouble is with removing the shift cable from the column shift lever actuator- probably just sounds more intimidating than it actually is- should I reconsider doing this considering that I do not know where in the vehicle the diagram for this procedure is illustrating? If this does not go well, you guys might see my truck for sale- parts only on this website j/k.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:39 PM
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Let us know if you got any parts left over after you reinstall your dash . We might need a
part or two. LOL
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:43 PM
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It should be on the steering column inside the truck once you get that cover removed.
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