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
Open the hood and isolate the battery by disconnecting the negative battery terminal with a wrench. This will prevent any risk of electrical shock.
Unscrew the panel in front of the cluster. Remove the screws with a Phillips screwdriver.
Loosen the four hex screws on the instrument cluster, using a socket wrench.
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.
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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