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post #31 of 50 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Mike @Dragon2U made quick work of pulling the dash facial off. Before reinstalling it, precise and careful instructions were given to Jared and he dremeled the dash edge around the airbag.
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When I took mine apart, I put Dawn dish soap around it and no problems taking apart or reinstalling it. Things work better when they are well lubricated. LOL
Well, I'm never one to do unnecessary work, so I may give it a go without the passenger airbagectomy. I've also read and heard that it's a bit easier if the dash is warmed up, as in, leave it out in the sun for a while. We're supposed to have a couple of hot (for us anyway), sunny days this week.

I also was wondering about the safety of the airbag once it's removed and replaced as almost everyone says that the two top bolts should be left out because they're so difficult to get at. Will the airbag still deploy normally? Asking for a friend.

So watch my six, I'ma goin' in!

Enough of that, sorry for hijacking your thread Firetruck. Carry on!

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Mike @Dragon2U made quick work of pulling the dash facial off. Before reinstalling it, precise and careful instructions were given to Jared and he dremeled the dash edge around the airbag.
I also noticed that the air bag was left in. I know trimming the dash on the one drive. But, I would like to know, what were the instructions @Dragon2U gave jarod.
This has not been discussed and I worry about trimming too much.
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I also noticed that the air bag was left in. I know trimming the dash on the one drive. But, I would like to know, what were the instructions @Dragon2U gave jarod.
This has not been discussed and I worry about trimming too much.
Can't trim too much for function, only cosmetic. The opening in the dash has a recessed flange that tucks behind the fascia of the airbag assembly. Trimming that flange a bit makes it easier to get the dash face on and off without removing the airbag assembly. It won't affect the bag operation either way.
Unfortunately I had the radio replaced under warranty long ago and far away, but the dealer used the Hulk method to pull the dash over the airbag and bent the airbag assembly fascia so it doesn't sit exactly flush. I've pulled the dash a couple times without much trouble, a little care, a little lube, and all's right with the world.
Oh, and turn the airbag off just in case, the keyhole is above the rearview mirror on the windshield header.

I lied, the warning sign that lights up with the bag turned off is up on the header, the keyhole to turn it off is in the glove compartment.

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Oh, and turn the airbag off just in case, the keyhole is above the rearview mirror on the windshield header.
OK, splane please---our '06 and '04 the Airbag keyhole is in the top right hand corner of the glove compartment.

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Mike @Dragon2U made quick work of pulling the dash facial off. Before reinstalling it, precise and careful instructions were given to Jared and he dremeled the dash edge around the airbag. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/SSRFanatic_2016/smilies/tango_face_surprise.png[/IMG]
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When I took mine apart, I put Dawn dish soap around it and no problems taking apart or reinstalling it. Things work better when they are well lubricated. LOL
Well, I'm never one to do unnecessary work, so I may give it a go without the passenger airbagectomy. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/IMG] I've also read and heard that it's a bit easier if the dash is warmed up, as in, leave it out in the sun for a while. We're supposed to have a couple of hot (for us anyway), sunny days this week.

I also was wondering about the safety of the airbag once it's removed and replaced as almost everyone says that the two top bolts should be left out because they're so difficult to get at. Will the airbag still deploy normally? Asking for a friend. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/IMG]

So watch my six, I'ma goin' in! [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/images/smilies/smash.gif[/IMG]

Enough of that, sorry for hijacking your thread Firetruck. Carry on! [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
Mike heated mine up with a simple hair dryer. Worked like a charm! The flange is on both ends of the opening after the dash cover is off. Just trim it back flush being careful not to get into the face of the dash beyond where the air bag touches.
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Mike heated mine up with a simple hair dryer. Worked like a charm! The flange is on both ends of the opening after the dash cover is off. Just trim it back flush being careful not to get into the face of the dash beyond where the air bag touches.
Jarod
Thanks for that information, I know that if its flush it would slip right back in somewhat easily, but I was worried that it may somehow show or rattle if that much material was removed. Knowing this will make it easier to replace my gauge face and possibly help others in my area perform the same procedures (Yes, I have done steppers before just not on a SSR)
I pulled my dash to change gauge cluster to chrome and had a bear of a time as I did not trim anything. With the difficulty I had I did not want to risk damaging someone else's ride. ( And yes I used a lubricant, generous amounts of WD40). I will get gauge face (and needles) ordered, then if happy with results I will be open to assist.
Thanks again

Sorry to hijack your thread --- We're glad you and Lori are having a good time and your dash looks great.
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Day 4.... Monday. Downtown Gatlinburg is the destination. Drove in and parked near the center of town and began drinki...I mean shopping. Ok, maybe both! One of the first stops was taste testing at Ole Smoky Moonshine. The servers weren't even old enough to drink themselves! More stores than you can shake a stick at. It's really interesting though, looking up in the hillsides and seeing how close the fire a few years ago got to the town.
A late lunch at Loco Burro with the mechanical bucking Burro and some awesome bar stools.

Next stop... The chairlift up to the 680 ft swinging bridge! 150 ft off the ground with clear glass panels in the middle! Very cool! Many jokes were made about too many people on the bridge at once and why were those bolts able to be turned by hand! Alex and I got more than one odd look! (Bonus points to those that can find our parking spot in the picture from the top... Everyone get their readers on!)

After the bridge, two rounds of putt putt (Keep practicing Alex) and then a late dinner at IHOP. Off to the cabin and another day in the books.

Till next time.....

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Hey @CruDawg , @MicDonna and @runfaster.... Add more photos if you like!
I'll add a few more pics after I've checked all your facts...

..."We live in fame or go down in flame."
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In hand? Closed containers I hope.
It was a quick stop into the Frog Level Brewery (Waynesville) for some Salamander Slam IPA (yes in the cans) for a late night beverage at the cabin.

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I finally pulled the dash yesterday. Left her in the sun for an hour or so to heat it up and used Dawn dishwashing liquid on both sides of the air bag. Struggled a bit with the left side, but after it popped loose the right side wasn't as uncooperative. I decided to go ahead and pull the bag to avoid having to do that again and was all set to follow Dicktator's guide. So I removed the glovebox (über easy), crawled underneath the dash and started removing the two bolts that hold the air bag at the bottom.

Fun fact... as soon as I started undoing the second bolt the air bag started to move around. The two top bolts did not have any nuts on them! I could have pulled the passenger side air bag before pulling the dash!

Once I figured out how to disconnect the orange lock clip that holds the connector together it slid right out no problem. BTW, you just have to pull on the orange clip and it pops off. I studied that for about 30 minutes since it wasn't clear how to do that and I didn't want to horf it up, but in the end just got frustrated and yanked on it. Ta-dah!

In the maintenance records the previous owner was so good at keeping there was a work order from a Chevy dealer back in 2013 where he complained that the speedo would stick periodically. The description (and the part number) showed that they had replaced the entire instrument cluster under an extended warranty. It also mentioned that they pulled the passenger air bag. So I can't be sure if leaving the two 10mm nuts off of the upper air bag bolts was an "official" thing to do by an authorized Chevrolet dealer, but I'm going to tell myself "yes" for a little peace of mind.

Sooooo... if you're planning to pull your dash and you haven't owned your R since it was new, try removing those two bottom bolts first. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Okay, back to our previously scheduled programming.
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OK, splane please---our '06 and '04 the Airbag keyhole is in the top right hand corner of the glove compartment.

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I liii.... er... uh... it was a test, yeah that's it, a test to see if the class was paying attention.

I was thinking about the little warning sign that lights up when the bag is turned off, while my fingers were thinking about turning it off.

I keep mine turned off in case I see one of my Ex-wives hitchhiking.

Now I'm going back and edit that post so people wonder what you're talking about. Just kidding you, really because I hate leaving misinformation up, thanks for catching that.
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Day 5 & 6.... I'll wrap this up. Tuesday was pretty much a wash spent at the hospital (everyone is fine) and Wednesday was our final breakfast together up in Gatlinburg. Log Cabin Pancake House is a must on every trip! We said our goodbyes and Alex and Tina headed for home. Lori and I shopped our way out of town with our big stop being our annual purchase from a commercial christmas light store to add to our growing display. (Two new pieces this year!) We hit the highway around 6pm to head for home.

It was a wonderful trip, filled with many great friends and new memories made along the way. Thanks for reading!

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