Fix for dash/instrument bezel gap - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
Ford Forum Ford Forum

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
» Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Ford Cars and PAG Vehicles > Ford Taurus | Mercury Sable | Ford Taurus SHO | 1986-2007
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Auto Loans Garage Mark Forums Read Auto Escrow

Ford Taurus | Mercury Sable | Ford Taurus SHO | 1986-2007 Forum for discussion of the Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable and Ford Taurus SHO. Covers vehicle years: 1986-2007

FordForums.com is the premier Ford Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-09-2008, 15:43   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 2
Fix for dash/instrument bezel gap

I have a 97 Sable, and like many others I have seen, the dash has seperated from the instrument panel bezel. I searched for this but found nothing similar. Anyone else fixed this themselves or had it fixed?
zn394 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-09-2008, 16:21   #2 (permalink)
Multi-Group Moderator
 
tbird100636's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Massachusetts
Age: 32
Posts: 1,826
Exclamation Re: Fix for dash/instrument bezel gap

Quote:
Originally Posted by zn394 View Post
I have a 97 Sable, and like many others I have seen, the dash has seperated from the instrument panel bezel. I searched for this but found nothing similar. Anyone else fixed this themselves or had it fixed?
If you mean the pad seperating from the panel then there is a fix for it. Ford TSB 00-20-3.
Article No.
00-20-3

10/02/00

INSTRUMENT PANEL - SEPARATION OF UPPER AND
LOWER LAYERS - REPAIR TIPS

FORD:
1996-1999 TAURUS

MERCURY:
1996-1999 SABLE

This article is being republished in its entirety to update the contact phone numbers.

ISSUE

Some vehicles may experience a separation between layers of the instrument panel. This is most commonly seen over the instrument cluster. The instrument panel may appear to be raised in this area.

ACTION

Adhere the upper layer to the lower layer using Loctite 410 Black Max, available in 3 gram tube (part number 41004) or 20 gram bottle (part number 41045). Obtain Loctite supplies locally. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.

NOTE LOCTITE BLACK MAX HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3 MONTHS WHEN STORED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE. TO PROLONG SHELF LIFE UP TO 12 MONTHS, REFRIGERATE UNUSED PRODUCT AT 4°C (40 °F). TO DETERMINE WHEN THE PRODUCT WAS MANUFACTURED, LOOK AT THE FIRST TWO CHARACTERS OF THE LOT CODE ON THE CONTAINER. SAMPLE LOT CODE 4HP303A2:

^ 4 = last digit in year of manufacture

^ H = month within year of manufacture (A = January, B = February, etc.)

^ P = Packager location code

^ 303A2 = Batch number (can be three to five characters)

NOTE LOCTITE BLACK MAX MAY BE OBTAINED IN THE UNITED STATES BY CALLING PERMATEX: 1-877-376-2839 (8am-5pm EST) OR FAX PERMATEX AT 1-800-432-2067. INCLUDE DEALERSHIP NAME, ADDRESS, CONTACT PERSON, AND QUANTITY FOR FAX ORDERS. CANADIAN DEALERS CALL 1-800-924-6994 (8am-5pm EST) OR FAX 1-905-814-1256. THE MATERIAL WILL BE SHIPPED C.O.D. DEALERS OUTSIDE THE U.S. MAY OBTAIN LOCTITE BLACK MAX BY CONTACTING THE DISTRIBUTORS AS SHOWN.

Information on additional Loctite distributors globally may be obtained from Henkel KGaA.

SERVICE PROCEDURE

NOTE THE UPPER LAYER OF THE INSTRUMENT PANEL IS EASIEST TO MANIPULATE WHEN WARM, SO ALLOW VEHICLE TO STAND IN SUNLIGHT FOR 3-4 HOURS PRIOR TO REPAIR. DO NOT USE A HEAT GUN TO WARM THE UPPER LAYER, AS THIS WELL CAUSE THE VINYL SKIN TO BUBBLE AND BLISTER.

1. Place the steering wheel in the lowest possible position.

2. Remove the black trim ring that surrounds the instrument cluster.

NOTE BE SURE TO COVER THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER AND STEERING COLUMN WITH A CLEAN SHOP CLOTH TO PREVENT EXCESS ADHESIVE FROM DRIPPING ON THESE PIECES.

NOTE BE CAREFUL NOT TO BEND THE UPPER LAYER TOO FAR BACK AS THIS WILL CAUSE A PERMANENT MARK ON THE VINYL SKIN.

3. Use soft wood shims to hold the upper layer approximately 5mm away from the lower layer to allow access.

4. Gently roughen the surfaces to be bonded, using a tile or emery cloth.

5. Remove any loose debris and clean areas to be adhered using isopropyl alcohol.

6. Apply adhesive, pushing the nozzle down as far as possible into the opening between the two layers and ensuring that the adhesive reaches the rear of the affected area. Apply an even coating of adhesive, from back to front. Press the upper and lower layers together and wipe any excess that may extrude between the two layers of the instrument panel with a clean shop cloth. Be careful not to let extruding adhesive drip onto any other interior components.

NOTE CLEAN THE EXCESS ADHESIVE THOROUGHLY USING NAIL POLISH REMOVER OR CYBERBOND UNDO 6010, AS EXCESS ADHESIVE WILL CAUSE THE BLACK TRIM RING TO PERMANENTLY ADHERE AND PREVENT ACCESS TO THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER IN THE FUTURE.

7. Place a piece of masking tape from the dashboard, down around the steering column, and back to the dashboard to hold the upper layer in place while the adhesive cures (about 2 hours).

8. Reinstall the black trim ring.


OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: NONE

SUPERSEDES: 00-19-1

WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under The Provisions Of Bumper To Bumper Warranty Coverage

OPERATION / DESCRIPTION / TIME
Column Shift 0.6HR
Console Shift 0.3HR
DEALER CODING

OASIS CODES: 107000
__________________
Master ASE Certified L1 Chrysler Technician- still a Ford fan at heart.
1964 Thunderbird Hardtop- Chantily Beige- 390 FE 4V V8-Uncle's Car
1966 Thunderbird Convertible- Red- 390 FE 4V V8- Uncle's other car- waiting for paint and body work!!!
tbird100636 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2008, 07:09   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 2
Re: Fix for dash/instrument bezel gap

Thank you! That appears to be exactly what I'm looking for.
zn394 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Ford Cars and PAG Vehicles > Ford Taurus | Mercury Sable | Ford Taurus SHO | 1986-2007

Related Reading: Fix for dash/instrument bezel gap


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 13:36.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.