Instrument panel (cluster) bulbs need replacing, is there a way to replace the bulbs instead of removing the dash?

  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 260,000 MILES
Dears, last night one (or maybe more) of the back lighting bulbs of my instrument panel probably blew up and now the fuel gauge is totally dark. Not a problem that you can't live with but also not something that is for normal usage.
I would like to ask, is there some easier procedure of replacing those bulbs, instead of that I have read on internet to remove almost half dash (cigarette ash and lighter, the radio, climate controls, the other buttons upside of climate controls, and headlights switch panel on the other side). Thanks in advance.
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Monday, January 23rd, 2023 AT 3:08 AM

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It sounds like what you have already read is correct as what you wrote are the items that need to be removed to get the cluster out so you can get to the rear of it to change out the bulbs. However, it really doesn't take that long to do the actual work. About an hour to remove change all the bulbs and put it back together as much of it simply snaps together.
This goes with the attached images as the process. The bulbs used are a socketed type that twist in. Ford number F8RZ13B765BA and it uses 5.

1. Remove the ashtray and cigar lighter bezel.
2. Remove the audio unit.
3. Remove the switch assembly.
1 Detach the switch assembly.
2 Disconnect the electrical connectors.
4. Detach the heater control panel/audio unit bezel.
1 Remove the screws
2 Detach the bezel from the clips.
5. Remove the heater control/audio unit bezel.
Disconnect the electrical connectors.
Disconnect the vacuum line.
6. Remove the instrument panel lower trim panel.
7. Detach the lamp switch panel.
1 Remove the screws.
2 Detach the panel from the clips.
8. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
9. Remove the instrument cluster bezel.
1 Remove the screws.
2 Release the clips.
3 Remove the bezel.
10. Detach the instrument cluster.
11. Remove the instrument cluster.
1 Release the locking tangs.
2 Disconnect the electrical connectors.
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Monday, January 23rd, 2023 AT 7:28 AM

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