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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
you're in luck... many aren't so lucky...1.5 hrs book time so it is under dash and no you do not have to remove dash to get to it .......be well
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
Salvage yard is your best bet to find the latch, and most likely the cheapest, I dought you can get one from a dealer being that old, you can also try National parts depot, or Original parts groupe, or Year one, they might have it. There might be other buicks that will interchange or other G.M. products.
Posted on Apr 08, 2009
Here is what I learned without a manual. (You may find that you have to use the tilt mechanism to move the steering wheel up and down in the process to gain access to fasteners)
1. Remove plastic pins on underside of the upper dashboard. About 7 of these that can be pried out with a large flat screwdriver. Careful to catch them all and keep both pieces.
2. Remove the lower dashboard trim panel and set aside.
3. Using a small Torx head driver remove all the torx fasteners along the upper instrument panel.
4. Remove the side panel cover on the driver's side (the cover that the fusebox cover pops into). This side cover is held in place at 3 slots, and needs slid down slightly as you remove it.
5. Unscrew the phillips head screw that you see connecting to the instrument panel face.
6. Go to the passenger side and repeat steps 4 and 5.
DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE THE MAIN DASH PANEL YET
7. On the drivers side, gently pull the main dash panel out a little ways and disconnect the plug to the light switch.
As I remember the main dash fascia panel is ready to be removed now. The A/C vents will come out with it. Make sure all the fasteners are removed from the top. Gently pry out the bottom, and then slide it down and remove it. Hint: Place the steering wheel in the fully tilted down position. Hint 2: You can lift up on the upper dashboard pad to assist in clearing all the top mounting tabs.
7. Using a 10 mm socket or torx, depending on your car, remove the bolts that hold the lower dash panel on the driver's side(These bolts are above your shins when seated in the driver's seat.)
8. Using a 10 mm socket remove the bolts that hold the top two corners of the lower dash panel (One on each side).
9. Unplug the traction control switch.
Disconnect the flexible tubing on the right side (just pull it off the connector) and disconnect the wiring plug that is down a few inches parallel to the flexible tubing. An option here is to pop the whole vent/grille out and leave the tubing and wiring intact.
10. Now you can remove the steering column surround. You need a torx socket, very small to do this...Sorry don't know the size but it was the smalles one in my kit. All fasteners are installed from the underside.
11. Start with the one you can't easily see. It is in the dark recesses by the tilt column lever.
12. Remove the other torx fasteners by accessing them through the holes. If you're socket is too thick or short you will not be able to remove the one in the middle, closes to the dashboard. Your choice, buy a new socket or just break the plastic off around that one.
13. You now have access to the lock cylinder and ignition switch. You will need an even smaller torx head to remove the ignition switch. The lock sylinder is removed by pressing in on the spring loaded release about 2 inches from the keyhole, on the side closest to the dashboard. The key should be in the run position during assembly and disassembly.
14. You can remove the steering wheel for easier access, but you do not have to do so to work on some of the components in the column.
Hope I didn't miss too many steps.
Posted on Sep 07, 2009
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