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Old 04-18-2010, 12:53 PM
eshock eshock is offline
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Default Replacing instrument cluster lights - Thanks and addendum

Hey, all! I just want to say thank you to this forum for the very detaild, step-by-step gude for replacing the instrument cluster lights:

However, there was one addendum I wanted to make. When following this guide, upon removing the instrument cluster and disconnnecting the eletrical connections (as directed in Step 11), there is a fourth connector - a black wire conduit on the bottom of the instrument cluster. I investigated removing it, and discovered that even when disconnecting the quick-connnect there was a thin wire running into the instrument cluster. I can only assume that this wire eiter runs to the shifter indicator, or connects to the speedometer. In either case, I decided AGAINST disconnecting this wire all the way in fears of possibly not being able to re-assemble properly, and since I had no direction from the how-to guide. With this wire still connnected, I was not able to totally remove the instrument cluster. As it was, I was able to reach behind the cluster and remove the lights as directed, finished the repair, and re-assembled without major issue.

For what its worth, my Ranger is a 2003 Edge vintage.

Thanks once again!!!
2003 Ford Ranger Edge
3.0L engine
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:18 PM
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Default Re: Replacing instrument cluster lights - Thanks and addendum

The 3rd connector you are talking about is the gear selector.

It is easy to remove you push in on 2 tabs and pull out. You can not disconnect the cable till you remove the whole gear selector piece. A thin wire goes up into it and attaches to a hook
2005 Edge

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