The instrument panel in the Volga car is usually removed during body work, as well as during the repair of the heater, etc.
Removing the instrument panel
Disconnect the cable from the negative battery terminal.
Remove the three fixing screws and remove the A-pillar upholstery on both sides.
Pry off with a screwdriver and pull up and towards you the extension 1 of the instrument panel on both sides.
Move to the right the decorative trim with the inscription "Volga", located on the cover of the fuse boxes.
Insert your finger into the hole and pull the cover of the fuse boxes towards you to remove it.
If the cover is tight, you can pry it off with a screwdriver.
Remove two screws securing both fuse boxes.
Pull the fuse boxes towards you from the panel so that the fuse blocks come out of the panel.
Mark the connectors, disconnect and push them back into the hole in the instrument panel.
Remove the receiver. If the receiver is not installed, remove the plug.
Pry off the switches with a screwdriver and pull them out.
Pull out the switches so that the plug sockets come out completely.
Mark the connectors, disconnect and push back into the hole in the instrument panel.
Turn the connectors 90° through the hole for the radio and pull them out of the instrument panel.
Remove the cover from the gear lever. For convenience, you can remove the gear lever.
Remove the two lower screws securing the front ashtray panel.
Open the ashtray and remove the two upper screws securing the front ashtray panel
Pull the front ashtray panel towards you.
Disconnect the connectors of the alarm switch 1, cigarette lighter 2 and light bulb 3 of the cigarette lighter light.
Loosen the three fixing screws and remove the lower shelf by pulling it towards you.
Remove the two screws and pull the glove box towards you.
Disconnect the two plugs with wires from the contacts of the glove box light.
Insert a small screwdriver into the hole in the handle of the heater damper control lever and, pressing the latch, remove the handle from the lever.
In the same way, remove the handle of the heater tap control lever.
Remove two screws 1 and remove trim 2 of the heating ventilation drive.
Push the actuator inside the instrument panel.
Remove the upper and lower steering column covers, instrument panel reinforcement.
Remove the steering column mounting bolts, lower it into the front seat and remove the shift paddles.
Remove the four self-tapping fixing screws and remove the trim of the instrument cluster by pulling it towards you.
Mark and disconnect the plug-in connectors of the central light switch 1 and headlight range control 2.
Loosen the four self-tapping screws securing the instrument cluster.
Rotate instrument cluster 90° and remove from instrument panel.
Mark and disconnect connectors from instrument cluster.
Loosen the hood lock rod in the engine compartment by disconnecting the two holders.
Push a little thrust into the cabin.
Disconnect the return spring 1, unscrew the two bolts for fastening the handle 2 of the hood lock and one bolt for fastening the holder of the thrust shell.
Pull the handle towards you from the instrument panel and, turning it, disconnect it from the rod.
Unscrew the two nuts securing the instrument panel from the console from below through the hole for the ashtray.
Unscrew the three screws (four on the left side) fastening and remove the side upholstery of the front end on both sides.
Unscrew from below one self-tapping bolt securing the instrument panel to the brackets on the body on both sides.
Loosen two self-tapping bolts of the top fastening of the panel on both sides
Slide the panel towards you so that there is sufficient clearance between the panel and the bulkhead to remove the wiring harnesses.
Disconnect the corrugated hoses of the side air pipes from the pipes 1 for blowing the windshield.
If the hoses cannot be removed from the nozzles, then loosen the self-tapping bolts of the nozzles 1 for blowing the windshield.
Unscrew the three self-tapping screws of the lower fastening of the holder 1 of the wiring harness behind the fuse blocks and, bending the holder 1, remove the wiring harness from it.
If the harness cannot be removed, then remove the holder completely by unscrewing the top three screws 2 fastening.
Disconnect the two metal holders 1 of the harness from the central part of the panel by unscrewing the self-tapping screws.
Remove the plastic clamps securing the harnesses to the holder behind the instrument cluster.
If the clamps cannot be removed, they must be cut.
Remove the wiring harnesses from the holder and lead them out of the instrument panel.
Remove the instrument panel by pulling it towards you. In this case, it is necessary to apply some force, since the panel passes between the seals of the door openings with a slight interference.
Removing the center console
Disconnect the wire from the negative battery terminal.
Remove the shift lever.
Unscrew the four screws and remove the front ashtray assembly, while disconnecting the blocks with wires from the cigarette lighter and the alarm switch.
Unscrew the two nuts securing the console to the instrument panel.
Loosen the center bracket bolt.
Move the front seats forward and remove the two distributor pipes on both sides of the console
Open the drawer lid, remove the cassette with insert
Loosen the two fixing screws.
Remove the center console by disconnecting the wire blocks from it.