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Dashboard/Steering Hanger Beam Removal/Installation

SRS components are located in this area. Review the SRS component locations and the precautions and procedures before doing repairs or service.
NOTE:
  • Put on gloves to protect your hands.
  • Have an assistant help you when removing and installing the dashboard/steering hanger beam.
  • Take care not to scratch the dashboard, body and other related parts.
  • LHD model is shown; RHD model is symmetrical.
  1. Do the battery terminal disconnection procedure, then wait at least 3 minutes before beginning work.
  1. Remove these items:
Driver's side
  1. From under the dash, disconnect the right engine compartment wire harness connector (A), the left engine compartment wire harness connector (B), the floor wire harness connectors (C), the driver's door wire harness connectors (D), roof wire harness connector (E), and remove the bolt (F), then release the left engine compartment wire harness (G) from the driver's under-dash fuse/relay box (H).

Center
  1. From under the dash, disconnect the air hose (A), then remove it.

  1. Disconnect the blower resister sub harness connectors (A).

  1. Remove the heater joint duct (A).

  1. From under dash, disconnect SRS control unit connector A and yaw rate-lateral/longitudinal sensor B and remove the bolts (C). Remove the ground bolt (D) using a TORX T30 bit and harness clip (E).

  1. Detach the wire harness clips (A), then disconnect the parking brake switch connector (B), fuel pump connector (C), and A/T position switch connector (D) (A/T model).

Passenger's side
  1. From under the dash, disconnect the passenger's door wire harness connector (A), the left engine compartment wire harness connectors (RHD model)/the right engine compartment wire harness connectors (LHD model) (B), dashboard wire harness connector (with front passenger's airbag ON/OFF switch) (C) and SRS sensor sub harness connector (D).
  1. Detach all of the harness and the connector clips.

  1. Remove the special bolts (A, B) from outside the passenger's door. LHD model is shown; RHD model is symmetrical.
    -1.
    Remove the caps (C).
    -2.
    Loosen the special bolts until its threads have come off the side bracket (D) of the steering hanger beam. The bolt will be screwed into the inside threads of the collar bolt (E) by loosening the bolt. Because of the thread lock on the threads of the bolt, the bolt and the collar bolt will be fixed.
    -3.
    Loosen the bolt again to screw the collar bolt into the fixed space adjuster (F) until it is stopped by the stopper (G). This will provide a gap (H) between the collar bolt and the body.
    -4.
    Remove the bolts.

  1. If the collar bolts (A) are not screwed fully into the fixed space adjuster when removing the special bolts, slightly screw the collar bolt into the space adjuster with a 21 mm open-end wrench (B). In this case, the special bolt should be replaced with a new one because its thread locks were worn out.

  1. From outside the driver's door, remove the caps (A), then remove the bolts (B, C, D, E, F).
RHD model
LHD model

  1. Lift up on the dashboard (A) to release it from the guide pins (B, C). Carefully remove the dashboard through the front door opening. Take care not to scratch the body with the collar nuts on the passenger's side.
    NOTE: Do not rest the dashboard on its lower center cover opening, or it may be damaged. Lay it on its front or back.

  1. Install the dashboard in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:
    • Make sure the dashboard fits onto the guide pins correctly.
    • Before tightening the bolts, make sure the wire harnesses are not pinched.
    • Make sure the connectors are plugged in properly.
    • Before reinstalling the dashboard, be sure the collar bolt (A) on passenger's side can be screwed/unscrewed lightly by hand, and then screw all of them into the fixed space adjuster (B) until they contact the stoppers (C) by hand. Do not tighten them fully with any tools.
    • Before reinstalling the dashboard, try to screw the special bolt (D) into the loosened collar bolt. If the collar bolt is not unscrewed by screwing the special bolt, replace this special bolt with a new one.
    • After setting the dashboard on the body, reinstall all of the mounting bolts to the dashboard, tighten the driver's side bracket to the specified torque, then torque the special bolt D on the passenger's side. First screw the special bolt into the collar bolt A, they will be fixed because of the thread lock on the bolt. Continue tightening the bolt with the collar bolt, they are loosened from the fixed space adjuster B until the collar bolt contacts the inside face of the body. Then tighten the bolts again to the specified torque.
    • Apply medium strength type liquid thread lock to the bolts securing the center joint bracket and the dashboard before reinstallation.
    • After tightening the dashboard mounting bolts, tighten the center joint bracket mounting bolts, and then tighten the center frame mounting bolts.
    • Check for any DTCs that may have been set during repairs, and clear them.
Special bolt tightening on passenger's side