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How do I remove the Dash?

How do we remove the dash of a 1996 Plymouth Neon? We need to fix th Odometer, Gas and Temp Gage.

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The first thing to do is look up the repair manual on autozone.com. They have online manuals you can use for free.

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Disconnect your battery before anything.. the dash just snaps out. Start on the left side and pry upward and work your across.. the instrument cluster is held in with a couple of screws. remove scres and unplug the cluster..Probable nothing wrong with your gages. that cluster should be pushed in and out 3 or 4 times to clean the contacts. Bet you instrument lites dont work either.. The ground in the cluster is corroided. I can all so help with the pin layout..*****

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  • butch welch Sep 27, 2008

    I had the same problem with my 96 neon. Gauges didnt work or the dash lites. The dash just snaps upward and pulls straight back. There is 4 screws holding the cluster in. Slide the cluster in and out several times. You can test it without putting it back together. It only has one ground pin so when you get it cleaned your gauges will start working. If your dash lites are working forget everything I just wrote and lets start over..*****

  • butch welch Oct 23, 2008

    Did you get the dash out and did you find your problem.

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First thing you need to do is unplug the battery, you don't want your airbag deploying on accident.

It should be fairly simple to remove, you don't need to remove the whole dash. The gauge cluster should be all one piece. It is usually held in by a couple screws up to the top. Sometimes you have to remove the trim around the igntion (if the igntion is mounted on the steering column) to get to some hidden bolts. All in all it should only be like 4 bolts to get the trim off and maybe another 4 bolts max to get the gauge cluster to come out.

I've replaced a lot of lightbulbs in different gauge clusters and added leds and things of that nature. If you want to check for voltages be very careful while doing so. More than likely the cluster is bad and you'll have to change it out for another one.

One more thing to check:

You could tap the ecu wires (rpm, speed, temp, oil pressure) and see if your ecu is sending out a signal. It could just be the ecu dying and that would be an easy fix. Usually in older neons the ecu dies and the car stops working.

If you need help finding a pinout of the ecu let me know.

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