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Have this pleasure three times this year and piping the snap in trim pieces can be nerve racking an breaking these pieces happens even at the hands of factory trained dealership mechanics. The cluster is usually ******* down but the trim PCs. May be both ******* and/or clipped in on the Oldsmobile the toughest was a clipped in wood grained plastic PC. From on side all the way across to the passenger side I almost gave up it was clipped every five inches
Pull the screws then check for looseness. Abutter knife and flat blade screw drivers
Expect to remove several panels at least expect to break something. Be patient
Start Friday night and hope your done Monday morning . I had to put the cluster in and drive it to work twice with it open before I had finished repairing the wiring harness behind it .hopefully you can find a video posted for your year make model.
Remove center glove box if applicable, remove shifter ring from wood, remove center console wood (2 screws and pull up off the switches and pull out), remove ash tray (2 screws), pull face off of unit by reaching in tape deck area and pull, around the deck you should see a couple of plastic clips push on those and pull the unit out.
You must open the center console lid and remove the 2 Phillips head screws above the fuse station to expose the ashtray Phillips head screws.Remove the ashtray screws and carefully pull he ashtray back towards the center console. After the ashtray is removed take your hand an feel under the wood grain unit for the 2 plastic wing nuts holding the wood grain in place. Remove them and gently lift the wood grain up and out of the way. Remove the 4 Phillips head screws holding the AC controls and Radio bracket. Place the gear shifter in drive to pull the whole unit out. Sounds like a lot but takes about 10-15 mins to complete.
fist disconnect the battery and inside the clovebox is the airbag senser unpluge is and then remove the screws around the bottom of dash there is also clips that help hold it on. be carfull not to pull to hard for the wires inside dash.
The easiest way to remove the radio from a 1997 Acura TL is from the front. Assuming you know your anti-theft radio code, disconnect the negative side of your battery. See the last paragraph if you have lost your anti-theft radio code. Next, remove the plastic wood trim from the dashboard surrounding the radio. To do this open the glove box, reach up inside and push out on one of clips holding the wood trim, as it comes loose grasp the trim from the front and carefully pull the trim until each clip unsnaps from the dash. The attached Heater/AC control panel above the radio comes off with the wood trim, so just unclip the 2 wire harnesses from the back and set trim panel aside. Next, using a phillips screw driver, remove the 4 screws holding the black plastic radio frame into the dash, then pull the radio forward to remove it. Disconnect the 2 wire harnesses and antenna cable from the back of the radio to complete the removal. If you are putting in a replacement radio, just loosen the two small bolts holding the radio on the back of the frame, and then slide the radio out of the frame.
First you need to gently pry off the wood grain cover around the gear shift. Then you'll see the the two screws on either side at the bottom holding the faceplate around the radio. These should be the only two screws. Before I discovered this, I had tried to pry it off starting at the top. I found it was held on by plastic clips until I got to the very bottom, and said WTF? Then I found a picture, and said Oh duh :)
Take a stiff piece of plastic so you wont damage the finish on the faux wood grain finish or if you are careful a flat head screw driver and insert in the crack between the radio panel and the ash tray. Gently twist and seperate the panels they will just pop off when the clip releases and there are 2 screws behind there. Now do the same at the top of the panel and gently pry upward from the bottom of the vents and there are 2 more screws there.
there are usually hook clips on the back or possably a hiden screw under a window or lock switch or maybe even under the handle suroundings. and most panels you have to lift up to get the window seal out