How to remove the instrument cluster on a 97 Crown vic?

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD CROWN VICTORIA
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 109,000 MILES
Change dash bulbs 1997 ford crown victoria?
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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 AT 7:51 AM

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Tiny
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Hello,

There are four screws that hold the bezel on. Remove the screws then there will be four more screws holding the cluster in here are diagrams that show what I am talking about

Check out the diagrams (Below)

Let us know what happens and please upload pictures or videos of the problem.

Cheers
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Thursday, December 16th, 2010 AT 12:40 AM
Tiny
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I worked on American iron from 1969 to 1982, mostly in dealerships until I started working on BMW, Mercedes, Volvo etc. I retired several years ago and have little to no knowledge with American cars since 82.

I'm doing this work to help someone who can't afford to bring their car to a shop. I don't make a dime from helping these folks, just a good feeling inside thanks for you help!
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 4:51 AM
Tiny
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Ford has not changed all that much on the instrument cluster since then. I guess you can't be ashamed to be my daddy. I started in this in 1964. Sorry to burst your bubble that you are so good and have all that experience. I keep gaining experience every day. So I guess a "technician" on exotic vehicles is a little less than a "mechanic" on domestic junk. I will stay with domestic, thank you.

So, I guess this is goodbye for now.
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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 AT 1:54 AM
Tiny
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I know enough to know every car has it's procedures to remove the dash panel. I was hoping for some help so I didn't cause damage to a car I don't own,

I wish you good luck in your old age, may your days be healthy and your nights comfortable.

Best wishes for you.
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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 AT 4:37 AM
Tiny
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I completed my college education, attended Ford factory training, General Motors factory training, and Chrysler factory training. So I guess an European tech can't figure out how to take screws out of a car that is a domestic product? Use a screwdriver. See, simple, effective and complete.

Have a lovely holiday. I would wish you a Merry Christmas, obviously you will be on my friends list.
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Saturday, December 18th, 2010 AT 9:24 PM
Tiny
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REMOVAL

Disconnect battery ground cable.
Remove instrument cluster.
Remove instrument panel lamp socket and bulbs.
WARNING: BULBS ARE PRESSURIZED AND MAY SHATTER IF IMPROPERLY HANDLED. WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN SERVICING BULBS.

Instrument cluster removal

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Disconnect battery ground cable.
Remove LH instrument panel moulding and RH instrument panel moulding.
Crown Victoria - Remove the six retaining screws and remove the lower instrument panel steering column cover.
Grand Marquis - Remove the five retaining screws and remove instrument panel steering column cover.

Remove screws securing transmission range indicator column bracket to steering column. Detach cable loop from pin and cane shift lever. Remove bracket from column.
Remove four instrument cluster attaching screws.
Disconnect the cluster connectors from the instrument cluster back plate and remove the instrument cluster
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Monday, December 20th, 2010 AT 9:19 PM
Tiny
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Rasmataz, Thank You sir. As you know, each car has it's procedures and secrets.
This is the info I needed.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 AT 4:46 AM
Tiny
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NP, glad to be of help-Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011 to you too! And your family-Good Luck
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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 AT 6:07 AM

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