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I recently removed my dash to replace the lights and it has turned into a nightmare. First I Damaged the printed circuit. Had to Be replaced. Thanks to monte mikes he supplied me with a new one. Now I can’t seem to get the wire connection to snap into place. Anyone have a good tip ? Haven’t tried bigger hammer yet.
 

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I have no problem removing and reinstalling the dash pod. It’s plunging in the large electrical connection. Can’t seem to get it to lock in, keeps losing connections
 

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JJ is right, and Robert's info is useful to correct this problem.
I had the same problem on my '78 in 2006 when I replaced the dash lights, and I used the same method.

If you read steps 20 - 22, you will get an idea of what I did to keep a connection,
but I used some ABS plastic to keep it plugged in.

20) Check the connectors in the plug and make sure
none are bent or displaced. You may also want to clean the contacts with some
contact cleaner. The plug can be removed from the plastic panel by pressing in
on the end of the plug to remove it.

21) Place a piece of duct tape over the sharp metal
arch that goes over the steering column. It can touch and destroy a printed
circuit board if the pod is pushed back too far. The tape will insulate it from
the circuit if you push too hard.

22) Cut a small block of wood to insert between the
plastic panel that holds the plug and the metal support structure. This panel
tends to deflect forward as you push the pod back on and after years it may get
to where it wont make good contact to the pod.
The piece of wood should be just
big enough to fit snugly behind the upper left corner of the plastic panel and
the metal support behind it. This will hold it from deflecting as much and
because it is snug it wont fall out. If you make it too big you wont be able to
push the pod all the way back!


This should help.
 

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X2 Ted, its a known 5th gen problem we all deal with..
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cant remember if the Foam Tape Trick is in there??
anyhow
lots of folks put a piece of 3M Foam Tape under the printed circuit tabs,,
to push them out for a better connection..
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Gary did you paint the inside/back side of the pod for brighter dash lights,,
it really helps a lot too.. while your in there..
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What JJ said. I used foam insulation tape from the local hardware store to back up the printed circuit tabs at the connector.
And it never makes good contact till I get that nut on the lower right of the gage pod snugged down.
 

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Did you use the 1/4" thick foam tape like they use between a canopy and the bed of a pickup. I'm dealing with the same situation right now so this might solve my problem. Thanks
 

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its been so long, I don't remember,,
I think what I used was some leftover Vent-Shade tape by 3M, like .070" thick X 1/2" wide..
I know it holds up well to the sun/heat, and rain..
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maybe like this
https://www.jegs.com/i/AVS/914/98650/10002/-1?msclkid=3335e478be2b13179e73b9df907e3f6a&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=BSC%20-%20All%20Products&utm_term=4579328492864333&utm_content=All%20Products
but iv seen white, grey and black over the years,
the 3M site has a 100 different kinds ??? don't know..
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