1997 Ford Escort

Tiny
DDHOEY
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  • 1997 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 175,000 MILES
How do I change my car's instrument cluster light bulbs - all are out -thanks.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 11:37 AM

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Tiny
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If all of your dash lights went out at the same time, check the fuses 1st. To replace the dash bulbs you will have to remove the cluster from the dash, Its easier than it looks. Remove the plastic trim to access the srews for the cluster. Remove the cluster screws and slowly remove, you need to unplug the wiring harness and speedometer cable if it has 1. Then twist black light sockets a quarter turn counter clockwise and pull out. Replace bulbs and reassemble.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 5:26 PM
Tiny
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You for your speedy response to my question! My problem is that I do not know how to remove the lower plastic panel directly under the gauges - I can't find the clips or fasteners.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 6:24 PM
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DAVE H
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
Removal & Installation
Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove nut on back side of hood latch pull handle and remove handle. Remove screw from instrument panel steering column cover and panel and remove cover and panel. Remove 5 screws and instrument panel upper finish panel. Remove 4 instrument cluster mounting screws. Pull instrument cluster out and disconnect 3 electrical connectors. Remove instrument cluster. To install, reverse removal procedure.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 6:41 PM
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No problem. Dave H knows what hes talking about, Follow his directions and you shouldnt have any problems. Good Luck, Please give feedback. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 AT 6:50 PM

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