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DESCRIPTION

This instrument panel uses a full-width structural plastic foundation as its primary support. When the three primary molded plastic components of this structure are vibration welded together they provide superior instrument panel stiffness and integrity to help reduce buzzes, squeaks, and rattles even on the bumpiest roads.

This type of construction also provides improved energy absorption which, in conjunction with the dual airbag modules and seat belts, helps to improve occupant protection. This foundation structure also serves as the ducting for the heating and air conditioning system panel and defroster outlets, which greatly reduces the number of components used over conventional instrument panel construction.

Modular instrument panel construction allows all of the gauges and controls to be serviced from the front of the panel. In addition, most of the instrument panel electrical components can be accessed without complete instrument panel removal. If necessary, the instrument panel can be removed from the vehicle as an assembly.

Removal of the steering column opening cover provides access to the steering column mounts, the steering column wiring, the gearshift interlock mechanism, the junction block, the relay and fuse block and much of the instrument panel wiring. Removal of the glove box provides access to the Central Timer Module (CTM), the radio antenna coaxial cable, and additional instrument panel wiring.

Removal of the instrument cluster bezel allows access to the cluster assembly, the radio, the exterior lighting system switches, and the heating and air conditioning controls. Removal of the cluster assembly allows access to the cluster illumination and indicator lamp bulbs, and more of the instrument panel wiring. The instrument panel lower bezel contains an ash receiver, a rear window (rear wiper/washer and rear window defogger) switch pod, and has provisions for a cigar lighter and an accessory power outlet.

Removal of the complete instrument panel is required for service of the passenger side airbag module and most passenger compartment components of the heating and air conditioning systems.

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