C900 Instrument Cluster
Oh boy...this is a fun one! You suddenly noticed that your odometer is no longer keeping track of your milage. How long has it been broken?
Would that explain the sudden drop in gas milage? Why did I get pulled over for speeding when my speedometer said I was doing 65mph?
What's that awful grinding sound coming from the dash? Welcome to the DIY instrument cluster replacement section.
This is one of those jobs that you never want to deal with. Removing the instrument cluster is easy for the most part, but can cause a lot of frustration as the same time. Why? There are lots of things you can break behind that dash facia. Saab didn't make this piece of equipment simple to access.
Unfortunately, I've had to do this job three times over the past 4 months due to mistakes and faulty equipment.
So I've learned a few tricks and now I pass them on to you...here we go.
Tools and other things you'll need:
A torx screwdriver set
Items you might discover you need once you get things apart:
Philips head screwdriver
Needle nosed pliers
Masking tape and a pen
A thin zip-tie or two
Magnetic retrieval device (for dropped screws)
Let's get started!
Saab's tiny bulbs for dash lights (unsure of part number)
Vaccum hose (in case any of the ventilation control hoses are damaged)
A new dash facia (in case you break yours when you pull it out)
Headlight switch (which can break if not removed carefully)