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Mazda Miata Colored Gauge Face Set Instructions

August 18th, 2010 · No Comments

We know how terrifying it is to even think about breaking into that sacred area of your car, the instrument cluster. What if I scratch the plastic or break a needle? I’m here to tell you, it’s not that hard to customize your dash. All you need is a little patience and a couple of hours. You’ll feel like a pro when your done and you’ll be able to show off your accomplishment to your friends. In preparation for the job you’ll need to have a clean, uncluttered workspace. Don’t try to do this in the car. Use your kitchen table if you have to. Place a clean towel on the work surface. Lay it out like an operating room. For tools, you’ll need a set of jeweler’s screwdrivers, a #2 Philips head screwdriver, a small thin flat bladed screwdriver, an X-Acto knife or new single edge razor blade and some paint to paint then needles. Start with a full tank of gas. It is also a good idea to make a pencil mark on the gauge faces to show exactly where the needles are positioned when the car is running and up to temperature.
1. Start by removing the square plastic trim plate on the top of the steering column. Gently put a flat bladed screwdriver in the seam. Pop it off and put it aside. (See Illustration 1)
2. Now, you’ll need to look under the steering wheel and remove the screws holding the “clamshell” together and the two screws that are holding the instrument cluster bezel in place. (See Illustration 2)
3. Remove the “clamshell” and put it aside in the passenger footwell. (See Illustration 3)
4. Remove the instrument cluster bezel by pulling it toward you and up. It is held into the dash by metal clips. Be careful not to scratch the face of the plastic. Put the part aside in the passenger footwell. Remove the four screws that are holding the cluster in place. (See Illustration 4)

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