I need to access the rear of the climate control panel. The temp control button is jammed in. The fan control is the only service working normally. AC button: always on. Rear defroster does not work; relays and fuses are ok.
Will removing dash cover give access to the panel? If so, how does one remove it?
This thread covers the basic removal of the dash pad. You will have to remove it (or maybe just loosen it) to get to the screws for the HVAC. It also covers taking apart the HVAC as well. The AC will be stuck on if you are in either of the front defrost modes.
The screws holding the dash pad? I can't remember exactly as I've not removed mine in about 8 years haha. I believe they are below the trim above the speedo and that holds the dummy bar (the bar above the speedo that holds the check engine light, abs light etc.) Then for the HVAC I believe it's two above the unit (below the dash pad) and two below the unit that you can see after removing the radio/vent bezel but I could be wrong. That radio bezel and trim above the speedo just pull straight off, no screws. I think you might have to pull off the two bezels with the fuel door release and interior light switches on either side of the steering wheel before anything. It's pretty self explanatory once you get in there. Start by pulling off the switches by the steering wheel and work your way up.
Just be careful not to flex the dash pad or trim pieces too much as they're old plastic that have been through many many years and cycles of heating up and cooling down. I/e they're gonna be brittle and easy to break!
You need to remove the top piece of the drivers side of the dash to correctly be able to remove the DIC. This involves removing the wood on the console also. There are screws under the ashtray. Remove the light bar above the steering wheel also to get to the screws that hold the dash pad on.
Also, for your reference; the search function on this forum leaves a lot to be desired (it sucks haha) It is much easier and more beneficial to use google to search the forum. You can do this by typing "site:aurorah.proboards.com" in the search bar and then what you are searching next to it. For instance: "site:aurorah.proboards.com dash pad removal" got me the thread with the answer above.
Hope this helps
I could not find any pictures of the actual disassembly when I took my old Aurora's dash apart to do LED's but I did find a picture with the pieces removed.
I got a HVAC unit from a 96, from the junkyard. In the mean time, the headlights started flashing, draining the battery. I opened up the dash, then I cleaned the light switch. I then pulled the HVAC unit. I epoxied a broken part in the HVAC, then reassembled. The car and heating unit now work.