Removing Knee Blocker Plate

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The blocker plate overlaps the instrument cluster. Learn about reaching 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're changing instrument cluster lights on a '96 Ford Explorer. In this step I'm going to demonstrate the proper service procedure for removing our knee blocker cover plate. Now this piece right here is the knee blocker cover plate and it overlaps on top of the instrument cluster bezel. So this is the first guy that's going to come off in order to gain access to those light bulbs that are burned out. We going to go ahead and hop down and begin taking it apart. I have a quarter inch ratchet, with a seven millimeter socket on it. And we're just going to begin by unscrewing the mounting bolts for this plastic cover. There's one, and we got a couple here to work on. Now some of the bezel bolts are actually part of the latch for your hood release, so you're going to have to disconnect your hood release in order to get this bezel out, just like so. As you can see it has screws in the bottom and these little clips here in the top. Now that's real common, it's almost industry standard for it to have clips in the top and screws along the bottom. So make sure you take a good look at it before you attempt disassembly. That's the proper service procedure for removing your knee blocker cover plate.

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