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Old 29 Aug 2017, 12:29 pm
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Not sure how to remove the trim piece(s) below the steering wheel on my 08 PT. IIRC the correct name for this is the "knee bolster". Anyway, there appears to be no fasteners holding it on. How is it removed (without destroying anything)?
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It's been a while since I've done it, but I believe you have to remove the trim pieces on both sides of it then that will expose some fasteners that need to be removed. Be careful working in that area as there is an airbag behind that cover!

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Old 29 Aug 2017, 01:23 pm
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Not sure how to remove the trim piece(s) below the steering wheel on my 08 PT. IIRC the correct name for this is the "knee bolster". Anyway, there appears to be no fasteners holding it on. How is it removed (without destroying anything)?
Er, don't know about yours, but my 07 diesel has an airbag down there, so go careful or you might get a nasty surprise
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Er, don't know about yours, but my 07 diesel has an airbag down there, so go careful or you might get a nasty surprise
I put that warning in my post, but I just highlighted it, would hate to see something happen to someone.
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Not sure how to remove the trim piece(s) below the steering wheel on my 08 PT. IIRC the correct name for this is the "knee bolster". Anyway, there appears to be no fasteners holding it on. How is it removed (without destroying anything)?
Disconnect the battery!!!!
Start with the panel below the steering column. "Use a trim stick to release the catch tabs (that are on the) on the backside of the panel. The top is held on by clips. Remove the panel"*

Essentially, you pull the snap clips out from the dash at the top edge.
Tight but the clips do pull free.
You will now see screws and all ought be intuitive.

*Quoted, with my edit, from the PT-specific Mopar EVS-1 security alarm system installation manual from my DIY alarm installation; like factory (it is Mopar), but with the instruction manual, and disable and alarm-off abilities.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 02:29 pm
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OK, thanks for the replies... not going to mess with it since it in involves an air bag.

Will find an alternate location for my project.
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Please let me know when you've downloaded the manuals as I'm going to delete the links, thanks.
Won't be needing.
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another reason the earlier models are a smidge better to work on, that panel is just removed by prying at the top between it and the column. pops right off and swings down. Although.... an extra airbag couldn't hurt.
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another reason the earlier models are a smidge better to work on, that panel is just removed by prying at the top between it and the column. pops right off and swings down. Although.... an extra airbag couldn't hurt.
The Gen1 doesn't have an air bag under there?
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The Gen1 doesn't have an air bag under there?
nope. One of the few revisions of the interior on the Gen2s. The crash tests showed that knees didn't come out as safe as they wanted them too in frontal crashes. tend to crumple and stuff themselves under the bolster, so an airbag "helped" with that.
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