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Pelican Technical Article:

Instrument Cluster Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

***

Tools:

T20 Torx driver, telescoping magnet

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Instrument cluster

Hot Tip:

Use a telescoping magnet to catch any loose screws

Complementary Modification:

Replace light bulbs

Certain jobs on the Mk4 Jetta require the instrument cluster to be removed. Overall, it isn't a difficult job, but it can be a bit tedious removing the retaining screws. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with removing it.

Before you begin, disconnect the battery. This is a safety measure that prevents damage to both the cluster and yourself. See our article on Battery Replacement for more information.

Begin by unlocking the steering column.
Figure 1

Begin by unlocking the steering column. Pull down on the lock handle (green arrow). Now position the steering column at its lowest setting. Lock the steering column back in place.

Carefully pull the trim piece (green arrow) back to release it from the dashboard.
Figure 2

Carefully pull the trim piece (green arrow) back to release it from the dashboard.

Here is the trim piece pulled back off the dash (green arrow).
Figure 3

Here is the trim piece pulled back off the dash (green arrow).

Loosen and remove the two T20 Torx screws at the bottom of the instrument cluster (green arrows).
Figure 4

Loosen and remove the two T20 Torx screws at the bottom of the instrument cluster (green arrows). It helps to have a telescoping magnet to catch the screws.

Carefully maneuver the instrument cluster so you can access the rear electrical connections.
Figure 5

Carefully maneuver the instrument cluster so you can access the rear electrical connections. Press the tab (green arrow) and pull the lever (yellow arrow) upward. This will pop the left electrical connection off.

Now move to the right electrical connection.
Figure 6

Now move to the right electrical connection. Press the tab (green arrow) and pull the lever (yellow arrow) upward. The cluster is now able to be removed from the dashboard.

Now carefully maneuver the cluster out from inside the dashboard.
Figure 7

Now carefully maneuver the cluster out from inside the dashboard. Reinstallation is the reverse of removal.


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