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Old 05-05-2011, 06:53 PM
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Instrument cluster removal

Anybody have any instructions or tips on removing the instrument cluster in my '97 F350? My fuel tank switch fell into the dash and I have a few blown bulbs, so I figure I may as well replace them all - providing I can dissasemble it without major issues.
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:28 AM
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It's pretty simple, getting the headlight switch off is the hard part. For that, you need a small screwdriver. Pull the switch out, and rotate it around until you can see the slot in the "neck" of the switch. Insert the screwdriver into that slot, then pull towards yourself and the headlight knob will slide off.
Pop the plastic trim pieces out of the black dash bezel and remove the two screws hidden under the trim pieces.
Tilt the column down and gently pull on the bezel until the retainer clips pop loose, lift the bezel out far enough to get the WTS cluster and headlight switches unplugged. The headlight switch plug can be a pit of a pain to get off but not bad. The WTS cluster has a small latch facing toward the driver's door you have to push down on to get it to release.
Once the bezel is out of the way there are 4 (I think) small bolts holding the cluster in, remove those then lift the cluster out and unplug the electrical connectors on the back. If your truck is an auto you'll also have to unhook the PRNDL indicator cable from the column, which is very easy to do and once you get a look at it you'll see how to get it off.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:12 AM
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Thanks for the info. I am going to take care of this Friday - providing something else around the house doesn't explode....
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:42 PM
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Not to sound like an idiot - but where ore the two "hidden" screws? Top, bottom.... just so I know where to look.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:46 PM
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Not to sound like an idiot - but where ore the two "hidden" screws? Top, bottom.... just so I know where to look.
Sitting in the driver's seat, there is a black panel (dash bezel) that surrounds the gauge cluster. Inside this panel on either side of the steering wheel is a piece of trim that matches the trim in the door panels and the rest of the dash. Pop those trim pieces out using a screwdriver, and there is one screw on each side of the steering wheel under those trim pieces.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:04 AM
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Thanks for the info. All went well. New bulbs installed. Instrument cluster looks nice with the 320k of dust removed. Fuel switch and mounts were all but destroyed. A well placed hidden screw & some black silicone seemed to fix the problem.

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