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I needed to replace climate control unit on1997 Grand Am GT. Concerned with how to remove the cluster face panel w/o breaking it.

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Let me know if this helps out.

Heater & Air Conditioning

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the screws securing the cluster trim plate to the instrument panel.
  3. Tilt the top of the cluster trim plate downward releasing the clips that mount the bottom of the trim plate to the dash. Remove the trim plate.
  4. Remove the screws attaching the accessory trim center plate to the dash.
  5. Tilt the top of accessory trim plate downward releasing the clips that mount the bottom of the plate to the instrument panel. Remove the plate.
  6. Remove the screws attaching the control assembly to the dash.
  7. Remove the control assembly from the dash.
  8. Disconnect the control assembly electrical connectors.
  9. Remove the control assembly.

To install:

  1. Install the control assembly.
  2. Connect the control assembly electrical connectors.
  3. Install the control assembly attaching screws.
  4. Push the mounting clips into place and roll the top of the accessory trim plate upward into position.
  5. Install the screws attaching the accessory trim plate to the dash.
  6. Push the mounting clips into place and roll the top of the cluster trim plate upward into position.
  7. Install the screws attaching the cluster trim plate to the instrument panel.
  8. Connect the negative battery cable.
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Posted on Jan 23, 2011

  • Greg Bernett
    Greg Bernett Jan 23, 2011

    Okay...just saw you trying to get a chat going but I have more info for you to try:



    Adjustment


    After cable installation, move the temperature knob quickly from full cold to full hot position. At about two-thirds control travel, additional effort may be required to complete the adjustment. During adjustment, a "click" may be heard as the cable end is brought into proper position. The cable is now set and should provide uniform effort from full cold to full hot and back with audible temperature valve stop contact upon reaching these positions. If not, remove the cable end from the actuator and turn the eyelet until the cable end is flush with the end of the eyelet. Reinstall, then adjust the cable.








    Adjusting the temperature control cable

    Adjustment

    After cable installation, move the temperature knob quickly from full cold to full hot position. At about two-thirds control travel, additional effort may be required to complete the adjustment. During adjustment, a "click" may be heard as the cable end is brought into proper position. The cable is now set and should provide uniform effort from full cold to full hot and back with audible temperature valve stop contact upon reaching these positions. If not, remove the cable end from the actuator and turn the eyelet until the cable end is flush with the end of the eyelet. Reinstall, then adjust the cable.




    Adjusting the temperature control cable

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