to remove my I/P Cluster (Speedo' head)?
1989 to 1995 are the easy years, of cluster pulls. No Air bags, no sideimpact bars, and no steering drop needed: < See it here.
15 to 30 minutes out.
1996 to 1998 below:
Step one, defeat air bags, they can hold a charge with battery pulled for a too long time ! and are very dangerous to any technician or mechanic, etc.!!.
Starting in 1996 that got harder, due to side bracking and under dash (on pre 96 cars one may be able to wiggle small hands behind there, or past left speaker out hole.?)
THE FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL,
First the PDF FSM, see page 8C6-7
The steering wheel must be lowered to get the cluster out. If not the cluster hits, wheel parts and stops.
There are 4 PAINS here: (Generation 3)
Tamper screw swap:
Buy two new 6mm OD x 20mm M6-20 pitch 1.0 long allen screws first, and the hex key to match. (IIRC on size? or was it M8's) That should slow a thief well enough. (no Allen key)
The steering casing shaft at the floor firewall down low,, only loosen the 4 bolts 4-5 turns.(trick 1) there.
Remove all tiny screws in the steering, key switch housing, from BELOW.
Then drop the cluster, using same instructions in the FSM under new ignition key switch, (that too has tricks) (yes, a royal pain, max pain)
The Key Switch assembly/ column has 2 tamper proof bolts, you grind flats to heads , then unscrew with vise grips and trash them.
Replace these bolts with new allen head metric screws of same diameter and pitch.
All that , just to dip the steering.
Do not pull the steering wheel it self or mess with Airbag parts under it. (the coil spring, don't mess with that)
Nutshell, the GEN3 housing is incased in a wall of stee l/ HVAC plastic behind the cluster totally, unlike any pre 96 !
You can pull whole dash out. (a full days work) if you have other jobs under the dash, like a leaking heater core?
(some do this to clean the crap out of the heater core or A/C evap core, for more HEAT/COOLing) (or removing dead mice...)
On older cars, replace all speedo lamps. they are only rated for 750 hours total. They are mostly toast now... END OF LIFE !
For sure, replace the CEL lamp.
To see who is whom now, shine any flash light from rear lamps unscrewed and out, (twist-locked) to see all words, there will be words and icons for things you car NEVER HAD. (cruise?)
There is the wall of steel (96+) and huge plastic HVAC AIR ,ducting blocking you. from bottom access, only this way works below.
All older pre-96' Kick,s you can get skinny hands up in behind speedo, not pulled, to get at things, a kid might. But not possibe starting in 1996. It is steel boxed in.
You can see me dropping the steering column clearly. 1997 4dr actual car, white hose is MINE. (the white hose is my guage conduit path added)
Look careful, see the steering clamp dropped 2 inches. (the gauges are: fuel rail pressure, oil pressure and system voltage)
1hour to do 2nd time , 2 hours labor the first time. (once of lamps then later for gauges)