The 2000 model of the Dodge Ram is known for having very brittle and frail dashboards. There have many complaints of second generation Dodge Ram dashboards breaking after only a couple years of use. If you find that the dashboard on your Ram is cracking or breaking, you should remove it and replace it with a new one. Removing the Ram's dash if actually fairly simple and takes no more than 15 minutes.
Things You'll Need
- Socket wrench
- Crosshead screwdriver
- Flathead screwdriver
Turn the engine of the Ram off and open the hood. Use a socket wrench to unplug the Ram's battery by removing its negative cable.
Use a crosshead screwdriver to uninstall the four retaining screws along the top edge of the Ram's dash. Uninstall the two screws on each side panel.
Use a flathead screwdriver to pry off the metal clips that are retaining the edge of the dash to your Ram. Once you have disengaged all the clips around the edge of the dashboard, the dash can be lifted out.
Pull up on the dashboard to remove it from the Ram and lift it out of the car. Be sure to reconnect the Ram's battery when done.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are removing a broken dashboard, consider purchasing an aftermarket dashboard that is not made by Dodge.
- Carefully remove the dashboard. You do not want to break it while removing it.
- "Dodge Full-Size Pickups, 1994-2001 Haynes Repair Manual"; Haynes; 2001
- "2000 Dodge Ram Owner's Manual"; Daimler Chrysler; 1999
- Cracked Dashboard: Dodge Ram 1500, Ram 2500 and Ram 3500
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