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Old 04-16-2009, 08:56 PM
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Default Instrument Cluster Bulb Replacement

I have a 97 Ranger and need to replace Instrument Cluster Bulb on the gas gauge side. Can anyone help talk me though it?
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:20 PM
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this is a 1999, I'm not sure on what years will be the same.
It takes 6 194LL light bulbs, go ahead and change all 6 while the instrument cluster is out.



Step #1 Using a 7mm socket, remove the 2 screws holding the radio bezel







Step #2 Pull radio bezel out slightly








Step #3 Using 7mm socket, remove 4 screws holding kick-panel below steering wheel. Note: 2 screws are under hood release handle

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Step #4 Drop hood release bracket and pull kick panel out





Step #5 Using 8mm socket, remove 4 of the 5 screws holding kick panel metal brace











Step #6 Just loosen 5th screw in kick panel metal brace enough to drop brace to clear bottom 2 screws in instrument cluster bezel





Step #7 Using 7mm socket, remove bottom 2 screws in instrment cluster bezel






Step #8 Using 7mm socket, remove top 3 screws in instrument cluster bezel








Step #9 With tilt steering wheel, drop to lowest position. Also pull tranny shifter to "1" position (if automatic). Note: Make sure emergency brake is set! Pull Instrument cluster out from the
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Step #10 Using 7mm socket, remove 4 screws holding instrument cluster









Step #11 Gently pull instrument cluster out from the right side, far enough to reach the 3 electrical connectors. Electrical connectors have release tabs to push in before pulling
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Step #12 Instrument cluster lights are in black caps. Turn caps counter-clockwise to remove light bulbs























Step #13 Light bulbs pull out of black caps






Reassemble in opposite direction
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Old 06-25-2009, 01:09 PM
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This is verry great info and highly detailed!! I'm gonna be doing this next weekend. Thanks for posting this!!!
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:16 AM
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Thumbs up question about instrument cluster

Hey, awsome tut! do you know if it's possible to replace just the clear plastic lense covering the guages or do you have to purchase the entire cluster, I couldn't tell from the pics. Mine is pretty sctrached up and I would also like to get inside there to clean the dust that has collected over time.

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Old 10-08-2009, 11:27 AM
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Yes you can buy just the plastic piece just have to get one from a ford dealer

U have to buy the black part and the plastic cover as one piece though

CLICK HERE then on the left side click W/o tachometer so u can see the illustrated view
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:38 PM
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Hey I'm doing that on my truck tomorrow, aprox how much time did it take STL, I ask because I have to take it all apart, drive to the store and get the bulbs.... I'm not sure that with the part number I can find them down here... I might need to bring a sample....
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:51 PM
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U can use any of these bulbs to replace it with also might add to do all at the same time to save trouble of doing it again 3 weeks down the road
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If u choose to go with autozone click here

Amount of time depends really how fast you want it to go. I would day first time 35-40 minutes
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:41 AM
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Thanks Mykhael I'll do it this afternoon, will take a befor and after pic to share... and if you can think of any last minute tips they are highly appreciated..
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Old 10-09-2009, 12:59 PM
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Last minute tips

Keep track of the hardware last thing you wanna do is have something rattling and not have a screw or bolt for it
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Old 10-09-2009, 01:10 PM
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bahh.....I've got SOOOO many extras cuz I tend to lose 'em!! I noticed the other day, I'm missing 4 total screws, 2 I completely didn't even know about!! Good thing I got like 24 spares! lol
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:28 PM
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I either missed one or didn't get one tight on that metal deal and it was annoying for 2 weeks till I decided to fix it
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Old 10-09-2009, 03:54 PM
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Did it, took about 1 hour including the drive to the shop to buy the replacements... changed all of em...

It was kinda diff because the sockets were sooo tight I thought about just giving up... eventually succeded !!
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when i had my buddy's apart to put his white face gauge kit in i didn't bother putting that metal plate back in and it's been fine so far..?
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:34 PM
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Did it, took about 1 hour including the drive to the shop to buy the replacements... changed all of em...

It was kinda diff because the sockets were sooo tight I thought about just giving up... eventually succeded !!
Good deal

The sockets tight cause u used standard size?

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when i had my buddy's apart to put his white face gauge kit in i didn't bother putting that metal plate back in and it's been fine so far..?
metal part is just like a brace of some sort Would be fine without it
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