How to Remove the Instrument Cluster on a Ford Ranger

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Removing the instrument cluster on your Ford Ranger will take only a matter of minutes. The interior pieces in your Ranger are designed in sections for easy removal and replacement. The only difference is a few more screws to keep track of when replacing. This also prevents you from having to pull out the whole dash just to replace a radio or some other single component. Once you install the new cluster, you are three screws away from completing this task.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Socket wrench
  • Socket set
  • Phillips screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the hood and isolate the battery by disconnecting the negative battery terminal with a wrench. This will prevent any risk of electrical shock.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the panel in front of the cluster. Remove the screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Loosen the four hex screws on the instrument cluster, using a socket wrench.

  4. 4

    Pull out the instrument cluster slightly, revealing the back. Disconnect the wiring harnesses running into the back of the cluster. They are held into place by quick-connect fittings that snap into the cluster.

  5. 5

    Lower the steering wheel, and take out the cluster.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove the bulbs from the old cluster if you are replacing it. You can use these bulbs as replacements for the new cluster.
  • Use caution when working around the electrical system. Ensure that the electrical system is isolated.

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