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Instrument Cluster
Ford Ranger/Explorer/Mountaineer 1991-1999
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DASHBOARD GAUGES
INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DIMMER SWITCH
HEADLIGHT SWITCH

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION


1991-94 Models

See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

  2. Open the ash tray and remove the two retaining screws. Remove the ash tray assembly from the dash.

  3. If necessary, remove the left and right A/C register vents from the dash.

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Fig. 1: Exploded views of the 1991-94 instrument cluster and trim panel assemblies


  1. Unsnap the instrument cluster trim panel by pulling rearwards around the edge of the panel. Depress the hazard warning switch (4-way flashers) and remove the trim panel.

  2. Remove the four screws securing the instrument cluster to the dash mounting.

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Fig. 2: Exploded view of the PRNDL indicator mounting


  1. On vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, perform the following:

    1. Remove the two screws attaching the PRNDL indicator to the cluster.

    2. If necessary for clearance, block the wheels and apply the parking brake, then turn the ignition switch to unlock the steering wheel and pull the gear select lever into the Low (L) range.

  2. Pull the cluster assembly rearward to gain access to the speedometer cable.

If there is insufficient slack in the cable for gaining access, disconnect the cable from the transmission. Once disconnected pull the cluster out gently until enough clearance is gained.

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Fig. 3: View of the speedometer cable end at the instrument cluster


  1. Disconnect the speedometer cable from the cluster. The cable connection has a flat surface clip; press the clip inward and pull the cable from the cluster.

  2. Disconnect the wire harness plugs from the cluster and remove it from the dash.

To install:

  1. Apply approximately 3/16 inch (4.8mm) diameter ball of silicone dielectric grease in the drive hole of the speedometer head.

  2. Position the instrument cluster near its opening and attach the electrical plugs to it.

  3. Connect the speedometer cable to the speedometer head. If necessary, reconnect the speedometer cable to the transmission.

  4. If removed, install the two PRNDL indicator retaining screws.

  5. Insert the cluster into the dash and install the four attaching screws.

  6. Ensure that the hazard warning switch is depressed and install the cluster trim panel.

  7. Connect the negative battery cable. Start the vehicle and check all gauges, lamps and signals for proper operation.


1995-99 Models

See Figures 4 through 6

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

  2. Remove the radio.

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Fig. 4: Exploded view of the 1995-99 instrument cluster trim panels


  1. Remove the center finish panel to access and remove the lower trim and knee bolster attaching screws.

  2. Remove the lower trim and knee bolster.

  3. Remove the cluster finish panel and unplug the headlamp and dimmer switch harnesses from it.

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Fig. 5: Exploded view of the instrument cluster mounting


  1. Remove the four instrument cluster retaining screws.

  2. If equipped with an automatic transmission, remove the two PRNDL indicator attaching screws and remove the indicator by sliding it straight down.

  3. Disconnect the electrical wire harness plugs and remove the cluster.

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Fig. 6: View of the electrical connections on the back of the cluster


To install:

  1. Connect the electrical wire harness plugs and install the instrument cluster.

  2. If equipped with an automatic transmission, install the two PRNDL indicator attaching screws and remove the indicator by sliding it straight down.

  3. Install the four instrument cluster retaining screws.

  4. Connect the headlamp and dimmer switch harnesses to the cluster finish panel then install it.

  5. Install the lower trim and knee bolster panels and the attaching screws.

  6. Install the center finish panel.

  7. Install the radio.

  8. Connect the negative battery cable. Start the vehicle and check all gauges, lamps and signals for proper operation.

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