Re: How do you remove the instrument cluster for a 1999...
I have a 1999 ford windstar with 3.0 engine it keeps damaging the instrument cluster( nothing works) it all started when i changed the headlight bulbs to a brighter one , it keeps popping the fuse so i then when to a higher rated fuse, this is when it then burnt the instrument cluster(smoke came out from under the cluster
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The instrument cluster on you vehicle has a microprocessor inside and it is in control of anti-theft . The control side of the start interrupt relay is hooked to the instrument cluster electrical connector (pin 10 ) on the back of the instrument cluster . If there are no anti-theft system problems the logic inside the instrument cluster with supply a ground to that pin , there by energizing the relay , creating a magnetic field closing the load side contacts inside the relay sending B+ voltage to the starter solenoid . This will cause the starter to spin the engine over there by starting the engine . There are videos on youtube showing how a relay works , if you don't know !
Call the dealer this may be one of the instrument cluster that was recalled for this these types of problem. If no recall you must remove it and have it rebuilt with the new parts that are more durable. Hereis one such place that rebuilds them.
Which light is out? Is it an instrument cluster light, or one on the temperature or A/C cluster? It it's an instrument cluster light, here is the process: (I'm assuming the 99 is similar to the 98) Remove the bottom dash panel under the steering wheel, remove the instrument cluster cover around the steering column. This will reveal the screws that hold your instrument cluster cover in place. Remove this cover and you can then see and remove the 4 screws holding your instrument cluster in place. Pull your instrument cluster out, remove the main wire connector, then you have access to all the instrument cluster lights on the back side. Hopefully you remember which one is out!
generally there is a fuse for the instrument cluster. also make sure the dimmer is in the right spot so you have dash lights. if that doesnt work, have the computer checked with a scan tool to see if its popping a code.
This isn't too hard, but does take a while. Turn the car off &
disconnect the battery. Set some blocks on the wheels. Turn the
ignition on, and move the shift lever all the way to the right (low
gear). Then, remove the screws from all the dash trim and
(carefully!!!) pull it away - there might be some snap locks also, you
don't wanna break those! After that, the panel comes out just by
removing some screws. You disconnect the speedometer cable and the
small string going to the gear indicator (again, be careful!!)