Use socket wrench to loosen dashboard bolts. Learn about technique for installing dashboard lights in a 1996 Ford Explorer in this free auto repair series from a master mechanic.
Today we're changing instrument cluster lights on a '96 Ford Explorer. In this step I'm going to demonstrate the proper service procedure for removal of our instrument cluster bezel. Now I'm here in the driver?s seat, and we have five screws to deal with. I have one down here, there's one exactly like it on the other side or the outboard edge of the vehicle, and we have three up in top of the instrument cluster bezel. There's one, two, and three. I have my seven millimeter socket and my quarter inch ratchet, I'm going to go ahead and begin removing them. They're your typical left lucy, righty tighty kind of bolts. Sometimes you may run into a torque spit, but on this particular make and model it takes your standard socket size for standard hex nut. Let me go ahead and remove this one for you, put that in the tray, then go ahead and grab this guy down here, I'm going to take out his twin brother on the other side of the steering column. And I'm going to remove my extension and get the one in the top center of the steering column. Now you will have some clips you will need to overcome, just like so. You're going to take and slide the cluster bezel up over the steering column, and out of the way, right there. That is the proper service procedure for removing your instrument cluster bezel.