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Pelican Technical Article:

Instrument Cluster Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$500

Talent:

*

Tools:

T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New instrument cluster

Hot Tip:

Slide the steering wheel as far away from the dash as it will go

Performance Gain:

Reliable, bright gauges

Complementary Modification:

Clean everything while you're in there

Removing the instrument cluster on your GTI MkV is not a difficult job; you can even do it without removing the steering wheel. The most involved part of the job will be recoding and configuring the new cluster after you install it.

Begin by turning off any electrical equipment, turn the car off and remove the key from the ignition.

Using the steering column adjustment, pull the steering wheel away from the dash (yellow arrow) and lower the wheel (red arrow) as far is it will go.
Figure 1

Using the steering column adjustment, pull the steering wheel away from the dash (yellow arrow) and lower the wheel (red arrow) as far is it will go.

Pull the center trim piece straight back from the cluster.
Figure 2

Pull the center trim piece straight back from the cluster. There are two small clips (red arrows) that sit in mounting holes on the cluster (yellow arrows) along with a small centering notch (green arrow).

This photo illustrates the small clips that hold the trim piece in place (red arrow).
Figure 3

This photo illustrates the small clips that hold the trim piece in place (red arrow). Do not force these clips as there can break and it will leave you with a loose trim piece. The trim piece is part of the upper steering column cover and can not be completely removed with out removing the entire piece. Just rest it on the column.

Use a long handled T20 Torx and remove the two T20 screws (red arrows, screws already removed).
Figure 4

Use a long handled T20 Torx and remove the two T20 screws (red arrows, screws already removed).

Pull the cluster out of the dash (red arrow).
Figure 5

Pull the cluster out of the dash (red arrow). The wiring will automatically be disconnected from the rear of the cluster.

Unlike the previous versions of the cluster the wiring connection is built into the rear of the cluster (red arrow).
Figure 6

Unlike the previous versions of the cluster the wiring connection is built into the rear of the cluster (red arrow).

This photo illustrates the wiring connection mounted behind the cluster (red arrow).
Figure 7

This photo illustrates the wiring connection mounted behind the cluster (red arrow). When pushing the cluster back into the dash these automatically mate up. Installation is the reverse of removal. You will need to reprogram and configure the new cluster.

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hilly Comments: hi, i have a vw golf tdi mk5, and have a faulty speedo, it does not work so i have sent the instrument cluster,off to hopefully fix the problem, my question is on pic 7 shows pulling of the cluster out,when i tried this on mine the connection at the back is supposed to be a fixed one like pic 7 shows, my connection is the same, but when i pulled the cluster out i could feel the wiring block was still connected at the back, i got it to pull apart from the connector block in the end, the problem i got is there is a piece of plastic that goes around the connector block,its like an outer plastic sleeve, my one is broke and this is what keeps the connector block to stay in place,so you are supposed to push cluster on to the block,well at moment i cant keep the connector block to stay in place as the piece of plastic is broke, and i called vw in the uk and they couldn't find it, so i need a name for this bit of plastic so i no what bit to order, any help much appreciated Graham pic 7
June 19, 2017
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: That is the bulkhead connector for the cluster. The plastic mount is part of the connector. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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