Dealing with Instrument Fluster

Phil Rose pjrose at
Sat Oct 22 19:23:28 EDT 2005

I'm utterly stymied in my efforts to remove an 
instrument cluster--it just won't come out. I had 
been successful in getting it out once before (5 
or 6 years ago). But now, great effort gets the 
IC  out only about 2 inches on the right side 
and about an inch on the left --but applying any 
more force will likely mean broken bits of 
plastic! On the lefthand side it acts as though 
it's hanging up on something to the rear (not 
along the top or bottom). The only place there's 
any hard contact of the padded dash against the 
top of the IC against is on the extreme righthand 
(passenger) "corner", but pushing up on the dash 
doesn't seem to help.

I wonder--if like hardened arteries--the padded 
dashes of these 15 year-old cars have hardened to 
the extent that can no longer "yield" enough to 
allow the IC to pass. BTW, my this Audi (the lago 
blue) will have a gebortstag (fünfzehn jahre alt) 
next month. Send a card if you'd like, but no 
presents, please. ;-)

I know someone's gonna suggest that it's easier 
to pull the IC when the steering wheel is 
removed, but I don't see the wheel as being a 
problem at this stage.


Phil Rose				Rochester, NY USA
'91 200q	(153K, Lago blue)
'91 200q   (64K, Tornado red)			mailto:pjrose at

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