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There are a number of reasons you may wish to remove the instrument panel from your Jaguar XJS. You may remove it if it has become damaged and needs replacing, or if you simply wish to upgrade it with a different model. Whatever the reason, removing the instrument panel is a fairly straightforward process which can be completed in a matter of minutes with minimal effort.
Open up the bonnet of your Jaguar. Locate the battery. Use a wrench to remove the bolt that holds the negative cable to the battery terminal. Lift the negative cable away from the terminal. This will allow you to work on the vehicle's electrical system without worry.
Enter the drivers seat of the vehicle and move the steering wheel to its lowest possible position within the steering column. This will give you the best access to the instrument panel.
Locate the rubber bezel around the instrument panel. Use a screwdriver to remove the two screws which hold it in place. Pull the bezel from around the instrument panel and away from the dash.
Remove the three mounting screws which hold the panel in place. Slide the panel partly out of the dashboard. Reach around behind the panel and unhook the electrical connector. If you are struggling to unhook it with your hand, use a small, flat head screwdriver. Lift the instrument panel completely out of the dash.
If you wish to install a new instrument panel, simply install the new panel and the rubber bezel by following the removal steps in reverse.
- "Today's Technician: Automotive Electricity and Electronics"; Barry Hollembaek, Jack Erjavec; 2002
- "Jaguar XJ6, 1988-1994 Repair Manual"; Mike Stubblefield; 1997
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