Removing Electronics From Dashboard Instruments

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Disconnect instrument cluster to reach dash lights. Learn about procedure 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're changing instrument cluster lights on a '96 Ford Explorer. In this step I'm going to demonstrate the proper service procedure for disconnecting your electronics from your instrument cluster. Now I have here the instrument cluster and I've laid it backwards. The first thing you're going to need to disconnect in order to gain access to your light bulbs is this little shifter mechanism, right here. This is a small box, which contains the actual needle and all the enumeration for park, reverse, and drive, second and third. It has two little releases on it that you'll need to depress, there's one on that side, and one on this side. Once you depress that you can take and slide the mechanism out, as you can see there it is. We're going to take and tuck this guy out of the way, and roll our instrument cluster up towards us. Now we have a whole bunch of connectors in the back, we going to need to disconnect as well. We got one here, one here, and one back over here. They are your standard electrical style connector and they will have a small release that you'll need to depress, right there. This is the release, just like so. They'll all have the same style release, but it may be located on a different portion of the connector. And for the last one, right there. Once you have them all disconnected, you can take and lift you instrument cluster out, and service any of the light bulbs that may be on the back side of it. As you can see all these guys are light bulbs. That is the proper service procedure for unhooking your shifter indicator mechanism, and disconnecting the three electrical connectors from the circuit board on the back of your instrument cluster.

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