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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Instrument Cluster Removal Problems - Can't get it past steering wheel

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    I've got the cluster totally unfastened - physically and electrically - but can't get it past the steering wheel. I've seen the videos where it's shown that the steering wheel needs to be fully positioned down and telescoped out. I got the down part, but don't seem to be getting any telescoping movement out. There's not a separate locking mechanism for that, is there?
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    Registered Member Four Rings EuroxS4's Avatar
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    no its all together.Maybe be stuck if its not adjusted for extended period of time.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings ApexIt's Avatar
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    There is no separate locking mechanism. You just need to pull on the steering wheel to get it to telescope out. There will be some resistance, but it should telescope out without much fuss. Once you do that, the cluster should come out without much of an issue.


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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Okay, I'll try just pulling harder and report back.
    Brad 2002 Quattro 1.8T w/ 2.8 B5 5-speed

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    Established Member Two Rings flasheverything's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DPDISXR4Ti View Post
    Okay, I'll try just pulling harder and report back.
    Make sure be gentle around steering wheel and dash as to not damage it (if you care). What I remember doing it couple of times pulling the cluster and flipping it as you take it out (I think)

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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Quote Originally Posted by DPDISXR4Ti View Post
    Okay, I'll try just pulling harder and report back.
    Well, that's all it took. Sitting in the driver's seat with my feet planted on the floor, it didn't actually take that much effort. I was surprised how much it telescoped out - I had no idea. The cluster almost fell out at that point. Kinda felt like a dunce for even asking this question.
    Brad 2002 Quattro 1.8T w/ 2.8 B5 5-speed

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    Veteran Member Four Rings
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    I always just removed the airbag/steering wheel, makes it 100x easier and only adds 2-3 mins to the job. Speaking of, I need to take mine out for cleaning, the dust behind the cover is really starting to bug me
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