LOL.....did you expect this simple task to be an EASY, simple task?
Even on my '81 I have to pull the instrument panel. I replace all of
them while I was there......just in case......since they were all the
same age/usage. It's not too difficult and all you should need is a
Phillips screwdriver....powered screwdriver is nice. Remove the
instrument-cluster cover, and then remove the screws holding the
instrument panel to the dash and pull it forward. You 'may' have to
disengage the speedometer cable. Once you have done the deed and BEFORE
you put everything back together, turn on the lights and make sure the
bulbs are lighted! Finding out afterward that the bulb you just
replaced, still isn't working, is........not any fun at all! BTDT...
Have a good time!
You might want to check a manual (Haynes or Ford or something) to be
certain. (the Ford manual's exploded parts views are _extremely_
The Haynes manual for my old Escort said I had to take the dash apart
to take the instrument panel out and then I could replace the bulbs.
It looked like too much effort, so I never got around to it. (I could
still see the speedometer, just part of it was dimmer)
The Ford manual for my BroncoII shows that I needed to take two screws
for the ash tray out, then pull the 8 snaps to get the trim off.
After that is about 4 screws holding the instrument panel in. Just
last night I pulled the ash tray and trim off for a different reason.
Not difficult, really. (BTW, the BroncoII is similar to the Aerostar
since it has the same manual, but there's a different section in it
showing how the Aerostar's trim and what-not are attached)
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