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How to Remove a Venture Van Dashboard

by William Boyce

GM manufactured the Chevy Venture van from 1997 to 2005. The Venture is nearly identical to the Oldsmobile Silhouette and the Pontiac Trans Sport vans. All Venture vans were equipped with GM's 3.4-Liter V-6 engines. Some Venture models could seat eight passengers, a rarity for mini-vans. Later models were equipped with all-wheel drive. The dash includes the instrument cluster bezel, dashboard trim panels, lower sound insulator panels, knee bolsters and center trim panel.

Dashboard removal

Step 1

Pry off the lower-left sound insulation panel with the trim removal tool. Pull out the upper pushpin fasteners and pull down on the panel. Disconnect electrical connectors by pulling them apart.

Step 2

Loosen and remove the screws on the knee bolster with a screwdriver. Pull out the lower edge of the bolster and detach it from the vehicle.

Step 3

Pull out the ashtray to expose the two screws holding the center trim panel in place. Loosen and remove the screws with a screwdriver. Pull the bezel straight back to remove it and detach electrical connectors.

Step 4

Remove the instrument cluster bezel after first removing the lower-left sound insulation panel, knee bolster and center trim panel. Pry the bezel away from the vehicle with the trim removal tool and detach the clips holding it in place. Pull the bezel out.

Remove the side kick plate by first detaching the doorsill plate with a screwdriver. Use a trim removal tool to pry the kick plate away from its retainers.

Warning

  • Always disable the Supplemental Restraint System before working around any of the airbags. To do this, remove the SRS or airbag fuse from the driver-side fuse panel, which is located under the dash to the left of the steering wheel.

Items you will need

  • Trim removal tool or flathead screwdriver

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