HOW TO install the Column Lock
Bypass sold by C5Solutions
remove the trunk lid release/fog lamp switch panel. A small flat
blade screwdriver can be placed under the switch plate. Pry up gently
and the switch plate will fall out.
switch plate, removed from the dash..
the plate is out of the way, you can see a torx screw.
the torx screw.
disconnect the wiring harness from the trunk release/fog lamp switch.
move your hand down along the knee plate and you will find another torx
screw. Go ahead and remove it.
move your hand to the right, along the knee plate and you will find another
torx screw. Remove it.
look up and identify the air temperature sensor plate. Remove it
with a flat blade screwdriver.
If you have automatic Dual Zone Air Conditioning, this exposes the air temperature sensor and another torx screw. Be very careful not to touch the exposed air temperature sensor. It is vulnerable with the vent cover removed.
the last screw.
begin to pull the knee plate away from the dash with your hand. A
gentle pull should release the panel with a snap.
your hand up and along the panel. This will cause the upper part
of the knee plate to separate from the dash with a snap.
next step can be complicated. The lower knee plate panel has a tab
which is inserted into the dash at the factory. It is under the console
panel which extends over the ignition switch and air temperature sensor.
You must pull the plastic console panel away from the knee plate very gently,
as to prevent from cracking it.
positioning your left hand under the end of the console panel, and by pulling
the knee panel down and away with your right hand, you shouldn't have too
much trouble getting the knee panel out from under the console panel.
This technique requires the most skill, as you must be careful not to crack
the console panel.
you get the knee plate away from the dash, remove the air temperature sensor (if you have Dual Zone A/C installed in your C5. In 1997-2000 years, squeeze the two plastic retainers on the rear of the sensor and then push it through the knee plate. In 2001 and up years, the temperature sensor twists off.
remove the connector from the sensor. The connector retainer is rubber-like
and can be pulled away from the connector with a fingernail or small flat
blade screwdriver, allowing for the connector to slide out.
the sensor and the knee plate aside. The hardest part is complete.
You're halfway there!