Dashboard and instrument cluster removal on a 1996 Saab 900 (the same applies to 1999-2002 9-3). My "Check Engine" light was not working, and I needed to replace the bulb. The pictures show the lower dash panel removed and the fuse box out -- this was a part of another job, and is not needed for dashboard removal. The only tool needed for the job is a Torx T25 screwdriver. Installation is the reverse of removal.

 

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05.11.2005: SID
Carefully pry out the SID. Disconnect the cable.

 

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05.11.2005: Stereo
Remove the stereo. Normally, you need a stereo removal tool for that. On my car, it just pops out if you push from behind.

 

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05.11.2005: Stereo frame
Remove the metal frame that holds the stereo. There are two latches on top of it, and two at the bottom.

 

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05.11.2005: Switches
Pop the switches on the left and unplug the wires. My car has a boost gauge where the headlight switch normally is. That switch pops out too.

 

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05.11.2005: Upper cover
Tilt the steering wheel and unscrew the steering column cover (there's a second screw on another side). Remove the upper cover.

 

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05.11.2005: Lower cover
Unscrew the lower cover. Release the steering lock lever and remove the cover.

 

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05.11.2005: Stalks
Unhook the turn signal and wiper stalks. You may just let them hang freely, or unplug and put away.

 

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05.11.2005: Left side
Start removing the screws holding the dash. There's one under the headlight switch, another under the TCS or instrument brightess switch.

 

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05.11.2005: Hazard switch
Unplug the wires from the hazard light switch and the "fasten belts" light. There's one screw above the SID slot, and two under the stereo.

 

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05.11.2005: Right side
Four more screws -- one on each side of the steering column, and two in the upper surface above the speedometer.

 

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05.11.2005: Dash insert
Pop and remove the dashboard trim insert. It comes out with ACC vents attached to it.

 

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05.11.2005: Instruments
The instrument cluster is attached with four screws located in the corners of the assembly.

 

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05.11.2005: Back cover
The back cover of the instrument cluster is held by six more screws.

 

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05.11.2005: Bulbs
There's a couple dozen bulbs inside. All of them are clearly marked so it's easy to locate the one you need.

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