How to Remove the Dashboard from a Chrysler Town & Country

by Alibaster Smith

The Chrysler Town & Country is a van made by Chrysler. It was introduced in 1990 and is still being manufactured as of 2009. It has gone through five generations of redesigns. Throughout its history, it has been one of Chrysler's staple vans made for large families. Over time, however, the interior may fade and the plastic may crack, including on the dashboard. While this is largely a cosmetic issue, it can bother some drivers to the point of wanting to replace the entire dash. If you want to do this, you must know how to remove the dash on your Chrysler Town & Country.

Step 1

Pull the ashtray out (this can easily be done manually).

Step 2

Remove the screws on the ashtray housing.

Step 3

Disconnect the electrical plug running to the cigarette lighter. Pull the plug-style connector off by squeezing the release tab on the top of the connector and pulling it apart from the wiring harness.

Step 4

Pry up on the spring clip underneath the steering wheel. This will release the retainer pin holding the tilt lever for the steering wheel in place.

Step 5

Remove the fuse box cover on the passenger side of the dash as well as the screw that holds the lower part of the c-pillar trim in place.

Step 6

Remove all of the screws on the driver and passenger side kick panel.

Step 7

Pry out the defroster grille with the trim removal tool and remove the underlying screws.

Step 8

Pry the center dash instrument panel off by wedging the tip of the trim removal tool underneath the instrument panel and prying up on the trim.

Step 9

Pry the ignition switch bezel off with the trim removal tool using the same technique used to remove the dash instrument panel.

Step 10

Remove the screws holding the dash cluster in place.

Step 11

Pry up on the edges of the dash starting at the base of the windshield with the trim removal tool and work your way around the entire dash assembly.

Step 12

Slide the dash forward and remove all electrical connectors.

Step 13

Pull the dash out of the van.

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