How to Remove the Dashboard in a Ford F150

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How to Remove the Dashboard in a Ford F150
The dashboard surrounds the instrument panel. (Dashboard of automotive image by TekinT from

The dashboard on a Ford F150 pickup truck is made of numerous trim panels that surround and protect the components of the steering column, instrument panel and the rest of the compartment's front end. Removing the dashboard involves disconnecting each of these panels, and some panels can't be removed without removing other panels first. The exact type of panels on the dashboard and how to remove them can vary depending on the year of the truck.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Trim stick

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the truck's negative battery cable. This is a precaution in case some panels include electrical connectors, especially around the steering column.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the two screws located at the bottom edge of the driver's side knee bolster below the steering column using a screwdriver. Pry off the bolster with a trim stick or other dull, flat tool.

  3. 3

    Remove the two screws at the bottom corners of the instrument cluster bezel surrounding the cluster and the steering column. Work the trim stick around the top edge of the panel to disengage the panel from its clips. Disconnect any electrical connectors.

  4. 4

    Pry around the edges of the instrument panel centre bezel that surrounds the stereo and heater/AC controls using the trim stick and remove the bezel.

  5. 5

    Remove the screws at the bottom edge of the upper finish panel; the panel is directly above the stereo, and the screws are only accessible after removing the centre bezel. Remove the upper finish panel.

  6. 6

    Open the glove compartment, then press in on the sides of the compartment and pull down on the door to clear the compartment's bumpers from the stops. Remove the fasteners from the compartment to completely detach it.

  7. 7

    Detach the centre brace cover, which surrounds the bottom of the centre bezel and the glove compartment you removed, by removing the two pushpin fasteners at the bottom edge of the cover.

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