I have a 98 Taurus that has a few bulbs out behind the gages. Does
anyone know how to get behind the dash to replace the lights? I
removed the two screws at the top of the plastic panel. I can get that
part to pull down but how does the rest of it come off? This is my
wifes car and she will be pissed at me if I dont get it back together
Well i feel your going about it all wrong.Your dash panel that is around
the cluster as well as the radio,heater control ect. will pop out after
you remove all screws under drivers side kick panel and look up on the
bottom side above the cluster you should have 2 screws.With very slight
prying you gan work your way around the panel and it will come off. When
you get it off there is 4 screws around the cluster remove them and pull
easly toward you the connectors can at time be tight and somewhat hard to
remove so be carefull.When you get it out you can address the lighting
issues.Reverse to install.
Removal(column shift models):
1. Disconnect battery ground cable.
2. Remove ignition switch lock cylinder from steering column.
3. Remove upper and lower steering column shrouds.
4. Remove two retaining screws from instrument panel steering column
cover and remove instrument panel steering column cover from instrument
5. Remove integrated control panel from instrument panel.
6. Remove four retaining screws and instrument panel finish panel from
7. Tilt steering wheel to lowest position to make clearance to remove
instrument panel finish panel.
8. Remove four retaining screws and instrument panel finish panel from
9. Detach transmission range indicator cable loop from transmission
column shift selector tube.
10. Remove adjustment nut from transmission range indicator cable and
remove transmission range indicator cable from bracket.
11. Remove four retaining screws from instrument cluster.
12. Pull top of instrument cluster toward steering wheel.
13. Reach behind instrument cluster and disconnect two electrical
connectors from instrument cluster.
14. Remove instrument cluster from instrument panel.
1. Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
2. Tighten instrument cluster retaining screws to 2-3 N-m (18-26 lb-in).
Tighten instrument panel steering column cover screws to 8-9 N-m (71-79
There you go!
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