Join Date: Oct 2008
Now I've been there, done that.
Yes, the steering wheel need to come off if you want to remove the cluster in one piece.
But the cluster can be pried apart in one front part, with the glass, and one aft, with the instruments, and then it's thin enough to slide it out without removing the steering wheel.
I wanted to see if i could do something about the bright light for the High Beam indicator. It turned out to be a diode on the circuit board and not a bulb so I ended up putting a semi transparent film behind the printed sheet with the symbols (whatever it's called). Hidden fix and I'm not blinded anymore :-)