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I'm trying to remove the instrument cluster on 88 astro

I took all the bolts and screws out that I could find. It feels like the speedo cable or something is holding up but I can't get to the back of it without ripping it out. Thanks for the help.

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If this is one of the models that does have a speedo cable, then you have to find a way to get your hand behind it to press in the tab lock that holds the speedo cable to the back of the guage. Without doing that, you will break something.

Posted on Aug 09, 2009

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The speedo cable does need to be disconnected. Get under the van (safely) and unscrew one of the speedo cable retaining clips. This will allow some more length and enble you to pull out the instrument panel by an extra few inches and reach in to push the clip where the cable meets the back of the panel. Push it towards the back of the panel and it will disconnect easily. There is also an electrical connector plu that is held in place by a screw, which you will also have to undo. Also teh gear position indicator has a wire attached to the gear lever, which will have to be disconnected. You would think that American ingenuity would come up with an easier way to cahnge a bulb.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010

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Fig. 2: . . . passenger side of the instrument cluster 89606p42.jpg
Fig. 3: Remove the upper trim panel retaining screws 89606p43.jpg
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