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post #1 of 14 Old 11-30-2009, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody take the top off of their dashboard? Got any pics or anything. I need to get behind the dash to find out what is rubbing and rattling. Any help would be great!

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Ok lets say this. Who has taken their dash board apart?? I think Im gonna tackle this today but don't know if there is an order of operations that I have to work in or anything.

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I've taken the front center (woodgrain) section off and the stereo out...that part is very simple. I'm not sure about the entire dashboard...could be a PITA. If it's covered under warranty I would have the dealer do it.


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The whole dash comes out as an assembly, I believe, and it don't pay JACK to do it under warranty.

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Yeah I know it is not covered by warranty. Im trying to solve my metal rubbing/rattling issues behind the dash. I really just want to take the the very top part off as it looks kind of straight forward but knowing me I would break something. Thanks guys.

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Hmmm, I had a door rattle and the dealer fixed it under warranty no questions asked. But I am still within the warranty period. Good luck figuring it out...rattles can drive you crazy.


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How many miles on your machine?

3/36 should cover squeaks/rattles.

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I jsut took my dash out tonight to fix a heater box on a wrecked 08 I bought. I had it laying on the floor in 45 minutes, Its really not to bad of a job, I can try to give you a step by step process if you want. Im putting it back together tomm. The truck came with a second front end and it had the dash with it so I figured it all out on it. You can not take off jsut the top part, you ahve to take it out as an assembly ( Absolutely cant be done with windshield in).
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I jsut took my dash out tonight to fix a heater box on a wrecked 08 I bought. I had it laying on the floor in 45 minutes, Its really not to bad of a job, I can try to give you a step by step process if you want. Im putting it back together tomm. The truck came with a second front end and it had the dash with it so I figured it all out on it. You can not take off jsut the top part, you ahve to take it out as an assembly ( Absolutely cant be done with windshield in).
Please do!!! I really want to figure this out. I have over 80000 miles on the truck right now so I am way out of that 3/36 warranty. This rattle/pop/rub sound is driving me nuts at low speed and I gotta figure it out. Thanks

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I will try to list nut sizes but its been a couple days so some may not exactly correct sizes.

1. Remove steering column
Remove small screw on the bottom of column right behind steering wheel.
Remove plastic
Unplug all steering column wiring
Disconnect shift cable, 2 clips and pin on the end
Remove steering shaft bolt at base of column. 10mm
Remove 4 nuts holding column in 13mm
Lift and remove
2 Remove dash
Unplug various plugs at both kick panels 4-5 on each side
remove park brake release, one small screw from bottom of dash.
Remove 2 covers at windshield base about 12-16 inches from pillars
Remove both rubber door seals
Remove 3 bolts on drivers side pillar, push cover for the end of the dash in, dont try to remove may break clips
Remove 2 bolts on pass side pillar, same as above about panels
Remove 1 bolt at windshield base pass side panel that was removed earlier
Remove 2 bolts at windshield base drivers side
Remove 1 bolt in drivers side pillar, with door open, at the base of windshield there is a rubber plug or clear plastic( Ive seen both) remove this. Remove bolt that is behind this plug. I think all these bolts are 10mm
There may be one bolt under dash left of heater that goes in to firewall, same style bolt at above, I cant remember for sure.
Pull on dash it will come loose.
Lift and remove


This isnt really to bad of a job, I had mine out in 45 minutes with an impact, if no impact Id say double it, the bolts are kinda long.
I think this is all you need to know, its been a few hours since I did this so I could have missed soemthing but I dont think so
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