Jeep Repair Problems? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
I will include some pics and the proceedure, although you won't be able to click on the blue links; i cannot include all the links, and pics, as it would take all day. I will try to include the most important ones. The biggest problem I found on this one, was the wiring harness has a hidden screw, that is facing the rear, that bolts the harness to the alumimium tower.( about where the cluster would be) . this screw has a 8mm head, and is nearly impossible to reach, or see. I have found the best way to remove was to pry the harness assembly loose, with a large pry bar, breaking the little tab holding the harness to the tower .(this is spoken of nowhere in the text). Good luck; this is a tough job, even for the pros!
WARNING: ON VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH AIRBAGS, DISABLE THE AIRBAG SYSTEM BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY STEERING WHEEL, STEERING COLUMN, OR INSTRUMENT PANEL COMPONENT DIAGNOSIS OR SERVICE. DISCONNECT AND ISOLATE THE BATTERY NEGATIVE (GROUND) CABLE, THEN WAIT TWO MINUTES FOR THE AIRBAG SYSTEM CAPACITOR TO DISCHARGE BEFORE PERFORMING FURTHER DIAGNOSIS OR SERVICE. THIS IS THE ONLY SURE WAY TO DISABLE THE AIRBAG SYSTEM. FAILURE TO TAKE THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS COULD RESULT IN ACCIDENTAL AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT AND POSSIBLE PERSONAL INJURY.
NOTE: Before starting this procedure, be certain to turn the steering wheel until the front wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
You can just lower it to the floor without disconnecting the coupler that connects it to the steering shaft; also doing it this way, you can avoid unhooking all the electrical connectors.