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Unread 01-21-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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dash panel: to cut or not to cut?

I'm dissembling my jeep to get ready for paint.

right know I've got everything out of the dash and i'm pretty sure i want to take the dash off since that will make masking about 1,000 times easier.
problem is i have a tilt column and i can't figure out how to get down to that lever to remove it. I've only been as far as that spring that holds the lock plate on.

an easier solution is just to cut a hole where the column is and pull it up.

what do you think.

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Unread 01-21-2010, 11:53 AM   #2
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The other option is to to pull I wanna say about 6 bolts and pull the entire column from the jeep. Thats what i did and it was pretty simple that will also give you a chance to inspect the column bushings and bearings.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 12:10 PM   #3
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The tilt lever unscrews. You don't need to access it through the top of the column.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 01:54 PM   #4
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The other option is to to pull I wanna say about 6 bolts and pull the entire column from the jeep. Thats what i did and it was pretty simple that will also give you a chance to inspect the column bushings and bearings.
2x. Unbolt it from the firewall and the dash. Much easier.

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Unread 01-21-2010, 02:26 PM   #5
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The tilt lever unscrews. You don't need to access it through the top of the column.
OMG, i never even thought of that. i'm an idiot. (actually i think i've done it before......wow.

thanks guys
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Unread 01-21-2010, 02:30 PM   #6
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All you needed to do was pull the steering wheel and unscrew the tilt lever... unless you have an automatic?
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Unread 01-21-2010, 02:31 PM   #7
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know i have another problem. the pull knobs that open close defrost/heat/control temp. how do these come out of the dash. also where they are secured they have some weird fastener that doesn't want to come off. it looks like a snap on a pair of pants? thanks alot!
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Unread 01-21-2010, 02:38 PM   #8
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know i have another problem. the pull knobs that open close defrost/heat/control temp. how do these come out of the dash. also where they are secured they have some weird fastener that doesn't want to come off. it looks like a snap on a pair of pants? thanks alot!
From the backside you will need to squeeze two prongs together and push the knob assembly forward out the front side of the dash. Easy once you figure out what you need to do. You can kind of see them in this pic: http://www.the-jeep-guy.com/Heating%...g%20cables.jpg
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:40 PM   #9
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It's amazing how we can over look the obvious, we've all been there.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 08:23 PM   #10
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anyone know how to get that snap on nut thingy off?

it attaches the cable end to the piece that controls how far the door on the inside opens. if you are wearing jeans and you look at one of your pockets. it has a little metal snap like thing that looks alot like this piece. it is flat on all sides and won't come off with pliers or anything i've tried. i'm about to cut it with a grinder
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Unread 01-21-2010, 09:06 PM   #11
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use short screw driver, get the blade behind it and walk it off. they just press on. don't loose them, there hard to find
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Unread 01-21-2010, 09:11 PM   #12
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if you don't have a manual alot of the information in this one is the same as yours
http://oljeep.com/gw/82_tsm/Contents.pdf
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