If it's the same as my '98 then yes it is very easy - you remove the
shifter knob, remove the center piece between the seats, undo a couple
of screws and you're there. The tricky part is finding the bulb. There
are two bulbs listed as "instrument cluster" for '98 Escort and both of
them run MUCH too hot for this application; they will melt the plastic
indicator strip. I put a resistor inline with the socket to work around
On Wed, 29 Nov 2006, at 1:22pm, email@example.com wrote:
Well, I finally got some free time this past weekend, and took care of
this. It was fairly straightforward, actually. Your instructions were
spot-on. You were also right about the bulbs running too hot; when we
took apart the gearshifter, we noticed that the old bulb had run so hot it
burnt a huge hole in itself and actually melted the plastic piece right
above it. We put in the replacement bulb, and so that will have to do.
Thanks again for the tips!
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