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    Cluster removal

    I need to do abit of an investigation on my clusters, i suspect to do so they will need to come out.

    Big job?

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    Here you go

    Instrument Cluster Removal & Cleaninga_CQ2007
    Ok, did this today as well. I had ton of dust/dirt in the IC and while it was bothering me a bit my GF was on my case about it ever since we bought the car so....
    Pull your wheel all the way out and tilt down.

    Remove this trim piece. Grab both sides and pull straight back:



    You will expose 2 torx bolts in each channel. Remove them.



    After that you are ready to remove the cluster. To do so, I used needle nose pliers and grabbed the tabs located at 6 o'clock beneath rpm and speedo unit:



    Once the cluster slides out there are 2 plugs on the back that you will have to disconnect. Blue and green on opposite sides of the clister. To do so, press on the little tab where my flat head points to and the purple tab will flip up, releasing the plug lose:



    Ready to pull it out. Do it on both sides and your cluster can come out.



    Once the cluster is out, turn it around and you will see 4 torx bolts on the back. Only 2 are pictured here, but remove all 4:



    Next, you will likely have to take off some of the identification stickers so the back of the cluster assembly can come off. What I did is follow the "line" where two pieces meet and unglued only part of thsoe stickers, not removing them completely. There also 6-8 tabs around like this - release them all and back plastic cover will come off:



    When you remove the back plastic cover you will see this:



    Notice the tabs with bunch of blue wires - you will have to release all 4 of those, 2 on each lower corner of the unit. I only had a pick like this handy so I used that. I can imagine other little sharp objects will work too. Be carefull here not to damage any of the wires.





    Once you ae done with this, you are ready to pull the main piece of the cluster out of the clear cover that you see on the front. Just grab the whole unit and pull straight up.



    Your fuel and water temp gauges will stay in the clear plastic cover. I can imagine thsoe can be removed too if need be but I didn't bother with them. I then blew the dust out and used some q-tips to clean out the larger pieces that wouldn't blow out.

    Put everything back together in reverse oder. Don't forget to hide those wires behind the 2 clips on each side. I'm not sure the purpose but I imagine its so they don't get damaged during IC removal/install:



    Nice and clean. Enjoy your IC again.

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    Nice one fella! I found a A3 manual which did the trick too, but that is very usefull too!

    My investigation is over...

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    Did you disconnect the battery when doing this, and do you know if the car still locked? I'm having my cluster speaker repair next week and need lock the car while its out.
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    There are key holes to manually lock all the doors. The drivers one is obviously on the door handle, but all the others are close to the location of the child lock. Remove the black plastic caps, slot your key in, close the door and it should be locked.

    It doesn't feel like much has happened when you slot the key in, but it does work.

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    Thanks just need to get this sorted now, I'm off to Cluster repairs soon.
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    How did you remove the speaker from the cluster? there is a conector between the cluster and the speaker? or you have to solder?

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    My speedo is giving false readings.
    I have disconnected the battery for a reset and for a while it works.
    After say .5 day it sticks on 40 and starts from there, weird.
    Any resolution to this?
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