They are a wedge base bulb and pull straight out of their holder. If I can do it like he did, I'll take photos. Which is weird because they normally work during the day when the cluster isn't lit up. This is kind of tricky because one tab needs pushed in and one needs pushed up and then you need to pull on the cable to release the assembly. If you're starting to have little problems surface, a manual can help you solve a myriad of problems! Removing the entire dashboard of your Ford Ranger will take about an hour, but it will save you a lot of money if you choose to do it yourself instead of taking it to a mechanic. Fill out your contact information and your Instrument Cluster request will get distributed instantly to a nationwide network of auto recyclers, salvage yards, wrecking yards, junkyards and parts brokers across the country.
Remove the 11 screws around th The Ranger is Ford's popular compact pickup truck. Now we're going to put our column all the way down, if you have a tilt option. On an automatic transmission model you must also remove 2 screws and detach the gearshift indicator cluster. Any and all modifications will likely cause a vehicle to behave differently than stock. Mine is pretty sctrached up and I would also like to get inside there to clean the dust that has collected over time. The other three are on the top portion of the shroud and should be visible as you are driving.
When you pull it out partially. I ended up removing the spedo needle definitely don't do this - keep reading. That's great that someone makes the replacement gears. Everyone that I talked with thought it was interesting that with 135,000 miles on the Ranger. While the gears do seem to expire from age, I think the big culprit is that some of us try to reset the odometer while the vehicle is in motion.
My guess is that the cluster isn't getting enough power for the whole thing to illuminate. Do not take unwise risks. I used a take off from a '97 and it has worked great for quite a while now. We'll remove all of the black bulb sockets because these are the ones that back-light our instrument cluster. Pull out the headlight knob plastic and then you will see 4 screws that hold the dash cluster in place. Slide your fingers under the loosened trim area and work towards the area where the trim is still flush with the dash, pulling it away in the same manner as you did in Step 2. After I got everything loose the instrument cluster pretty well fell forward and a little manipulation had to be done to get it over the steering wheel column.
When I get the old cluster out, I will investigate this possibility. Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You'll Need Phillips-head screwdriver Flathead screwdriver Pull out the ash tray on the dashboard and unscrew the screws holding it in place. When one of the bulbs burns out, it is recommended to replace it as quickly as possible, for safety reasons. The panel is bolted into the dashboard and can be removed in a matter of minutes. I was weighing just replacing the hole cluster till I found this thread.
On first inspection, the console may seem impossible to remove without removing the entire seat, but a closer look will reveal two small covers near the rear that make the job easier. Also check out our other helpful how-to and diagnosis videos. Two are on the bottom and should have been exposed by loosening the metal guard. The instrument cluster on a 1996 Ford Ranger contains all of the gauges for the engine. Once the bolts are removed there will be 5 clips holding the shroud they are on the edges and easily released. I used a take off from a '97 and it has worked great for quite a while now. Exercise caution when removing the panel because if it is pulled out too fast, the wires in the back of the instrument panel could break.
Here at Andy's Auto Sport we have a full range of Ford Ranger dash panels from all of the leading brands, so when it comes time to give your interior a face lift you will find the perfect dash panel in our lineup. Now I am wondering how long the 97 will last and if they used better parts inside it for the odometer worm gear. The panel is bolted into the dashboard and can be removed in a matter of minutes. As tampering with the dashboard may set off the airbag, it is important to disconnect the battery before you begin the process of removing the dash panel. If not, replace the sensor.
Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Thee are three main pieces of the dashboard: the center console piece, the piece that surrounds the instrument cluster, and the piece around the glove compartment. Thanks for the help guys. It has been in production since 1983, and the 1996 Ford Ranger is part of the truck's second generation. Whenever I have the instrument cluster illumination on at night, and i turn on cruise control, the cruise control lights do not come on. Shift the truck back into park. After I replaced mine, I can now start the engine but not cut it off and the radio and accessories stay on draining the battery.