I need to remove the dashboard of my 07' jku. Before it is asked, no I dont mean remove the radio bezel to put a new radio in. my wifes wedding band fell in between the dash and windshield. she was helping me work the the jeep and had them on the dash, and i forgot to take them off and give them back before i drove away. it has been a little over a month and it hasnt fallen out like i had hoped it would. it fell in on the driver side so the glove box removing wouldnt help. please someone tell me what has to be done, about how long it takes, and how much of a hassle it is. and step by step instructions would be nice, and pictures if anyone has them.
You might have some luck with going to your local dealer (if they are worth a damn), telling them your problem and asking for photo copies of the relevant pages out of the service manual.
Or a Chiltons or Haynes manual for the JK.
The best diagrams for full dash removal are generally covered in the HVAC section.
The last time I took the dash out of a Jeep was back in the mid 90's so unfortunately I can't offer anything specific to the JK mount locations but I can offer an idea of what you might be looking at.
Back then the steering wheel had to be dropped down and the center console removed to gain clearance and access. After that is disconnecting any harness that leaves the dash to another part of the Jeep. Then you locate and find the best way to get to the mounting screws (I believe there were 6-8 of them inside and 2-4 of them outside) and remove them. If I remember correctly the dash is hung on the firewall by a couple of clips so it shouldn't just fall off when all of the screws are removed but you will probably need help in lifting it off.
If you've never done this type of work it can turn into a long day relatively easily.
Another option that may save you some time and hassle is to fold the windshield down so that you can look directly down into the top of the dash. You never know, the ring might just be sitting there waiting to be picked out.
I read that someone else had luck by folding the windshield, I don't think I will have that luck because the ring is only a band, and it has been over a month of bouncing around finding that perfect hiding spot. Also I tried using a digital inspection camera to get in there and look but couldn't find it. Maybe ill try removing the whole center console and see if it may have skid under there, I tried under the carpets. Any idea how to remove the center console?
Either in a garage, or outta the sun---getta flashlight and leaning over the fender look down thru the windshiel and you will probably locate the ring in one of the MANY little pouchs under that clever slot--
Then buy/borrow a flexable pickup/retriever and reachdown and get ring--
I've doneit for a special allen head bolt that fell off my roll cage, while assembly--
If it fell in on the driver's side, I'd probably start with removing the instrument cluster. It only takes a few minutes, and exposes a pretty good sized hole to look into.
You have to start from the bottom up to get the cluster out. Under the steering column is a rectangular panel this is just held in by clips - pull that out first. Moving up from there is the panel that surrounds the column on the left and right sides. This is also just clipped in, but you have to pull the top out first. The bottom of it is hinged, so you have to tilt it down, then pull it towards you.
Once those two pieces are out, you'll see the two 7mm bolts that hold the cluster surround in. Remove them and pull the surround towards you. (It also has a few clips.)
After that, you'll see the four 7mm bolts holding the cluster in. Remove those, unplug the harnesses, and the cluster comes right out.
I'd also pull the cover off on the side of the dash, facing the door. With all of those pieces removed, you should have a pretty good view into the driver's side of the dashboard.