Tools for Replacing Dashboard Lights

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Block wheels before beginning to install dashboard lights. Learn about preparation for installing dashboard lights in a 1996 Ford Explorer in this free auto repair series from a master mechanic.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace Dashboard Lights
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Today we changing instrument cluster lights on a '96 Ford Explorer. In this step, I'm going to go over the tools and supplies required in order to change instrument cluster lights. Now what I have here in front of me is my standard metric socket set, you may or may not need a heavy duty test light, I also have a block of wood. What we're going to do with the block of wood is chalk the rear wheels. Now this has a shifter on what they call the tree, it's on the steering column. So 'we're going to shift it all the way down into low gear, and block the wheel just to get the shifter handle out of the way. I have an assortment of screw drivers, I have a large Phillips, a small common or flat blade, my angle pick, magnetic tray, of course, and some instrument cluster light bulbs themselves. Now you're going to want to have enough to change all of them while you're in there. These guys are real cheap and to go on and just change the one that's bad, and then have another one fail, you're going to be doing the same job twice. So make sure you have enough bulbs on hand to change all of them. These are the tools and supplies required in order to change your instrument cluster lights.

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