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How do you replace the instrument bulbs in a 1997 Ford F-150?

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2007-06-04 00:43:01
2007-06-04 00:43:01

In my 96 you have to pull the instrument cluster out and get to them from the back. I have done this many times on my '96: * disconnect the battery. * Remove the headlight knob. This is done by pusing on a key tab with a small screwdriver. The key is located in the shaft of the knob. It is fairly obvious to see, as a slot is cut to get to it. IIRC you push it twards the dash. * Remove the dash panel. On my 96 there are two long narrow plastic covers on either side of the column. Pry them out with a screwdriver to reveal the mounting screws. Remove the screws and the resto of the dash should snap out. * Remove the instrument cluster itself. There are 4 screws around the perimiter on my 96 that holds it in place. * To replace bulbs you shouldn't have to disconnect the wiring harnesses. On the back you will see a number of black caps. These are the light bases. They hold in place with bayonnet fittings. Twist them and they should come out with the bulb. * Replace the instrument cluster. Temporarily reconnect anything electrical you disconnected to remove the dash (fuel tank selector switch) amd reconnect the battery. Put the key in run and make sure all the lights and gauges still work. * If all the lights and gauges still work, replace the dash face. * Replace the headlight knob ny pushing it back onto the shaft.

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