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Old 04-19-2011, 04:34 PM
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Default Loose Center Cluster(radio panel) 2002

A while back my mechanic went into my dash to check something. It turned out he did not need to remove the center cluster and he did something wrong when he put it back together, since it comes loose constantly. So, I will have to take it apart, but I'm scared. Any advice would be helpful. I also have some dash lights out as well, so I must go in.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:47 PM
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Default Re: Loose Center Cluster(radio panel) 2002

Do you mean the radio bezel or the actual gauge cluster?

The radio bezel has some clips that hold it into the dash & 2 screws by the hvac controls.
The cluster has a bunch of screws & a few clips holding the trim on.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:49 PM
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What year is your truck?
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:11 PM
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Default Re: Loose Center Cluster(radio panel) 2002

It is the radio bezel. The top of the bezel comes loose. I have a feeling the mechanic broke something, maybe clips. My truck is a 2002 Ranger Edge 4WD 4.0.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:18 PM
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I would remove it by taking out the 2 screws. Then inspect the little clips/push pins on the back side. They could be broke off.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:37 PM
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Default Re: Loose Center Cluster(radio panel) 2002

It is coming off tomorrow. When I remove the screws and pull the bezel out, will their be a bunch of wires and things dangling around? My last truck was a 1981 F150, which I worked on all the time, this is a different animal.
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:30 PM
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Default Re: Loose Center Cluster(radio panel) 2002

The radio, 4x4 & fog switch & cig outlet will be connected, but you should have enough slack to check the push clips.
If the clips are broken or missing, you should be able to remove the bottom ones & swap them out up top.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:24 PM
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Default Re: Loose Center Cluster(radio panel) 2002

Thanks for the reply. The clips are missing. My mechanic (now former mechanic) used small pieces of duct tape in place of the clips. I guess I will have to visit the dealer to get replacement clips.
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