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Changing rear light cluster on a ford galaxy

The rear light cluster seems to be fitted to a trim at the bottom of the cluster. How do I remove this?

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See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6


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Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the instrument cluster, first remove the trim panel by removing the lower fascia panel


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Fig. Fig. 2: With the lower fascia moved aside, remove the lower trim panel attaching screws ...


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Fig. Fig. 3: ... as well as the upper attaching screws


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Fig. Fig. 4: Then pull the entire instrument trim panel from the dash board


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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the instrument cluster


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Fig. Fig. 6: Rear view of the instrument cluster wire routing and connections

  1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
  2. Remove the two steering column shroud-to-panel retaining screws and remove the shroud.
  3. Remove the lower instrument panel trim.
  4. Remove the cluster trim cover from the instrument panel by removing the eight screws.
  5. Remove the four instrument cluster to panel retaining screws.
  6. Position the cluster slightly away from the panel for access to the back of the cluster to disconnect the speedometer.

If there is not sufficient access to disengage the speedometer cable from the speedometer, it may be necessary to remove the speedometer cable at the transmission and pull cable through cowl, to allow room to reach the speedometer quick disconnect.
  1. Disconnect the wiring harness connector from the printed circuit, and any bulb-and-socket assemblies from the wiring harness to the cluster assembly and remove the cluster assembly from the instrument panel.

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  1. Apply approximately 1 / 8 in. diameter ball of D7AZ-19A331-A Silicone Dielectric compound or equivalent in the drive hole of the speedometer head.
  2. Position the cluster near its opening in the instrument panel.
  3. Connect the wiring harness connector to the printed circuit, and any bulb-and-socket assemblies from the wiring harness to the cluster assembly.
  4. Position the cluster to the instrument panel and install the four cluster to panel retaining screws.
  5. Install the panel trim covers and the steering column shroud.
  6. Connect the battery ground cable.
  7. Check operation of all gauges, lamps and signals.

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CAUTION All models covered by this guide are be equipped with a Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (SIR) system, which uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SIR components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SIR, as described in this section.
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    4. Open the instrument panel compartment (glove box) door.
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Fig. Instrument panel cluster trim plate and related components-1997-00 Buick models


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      Fig. Front view of instrument cluster removal and rear view of the wiring harness connectors-1997-00 Buick models

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      REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Conventional Cluster Fig. 1: Remove the trim screw covers on the driver's and . . . 89606p41.jpg
      Fig. 2: . . . passenger side of the instrument cluster 89606p42.jpg
      Fig. 3: Remove the upper trim panel retaining screws 89606p43.jpg
      Fig. 4: Remove the headlight switch knob 89606p44.jpg
      Fig. 5: Detach the electrical connectors for the trim panel and remove it from the vehicle 89606p45.jpg
      Fig. 6: Remove the instrument cluster retaining screws from either side of the cluster 89606p46.jpg
      Fig. 7: Remove the transmission range indicator cable 89606p47.jpg
      Fig. 8: Slide the cluster out and detach the electrical connectors and . . . 89606p48.jpg
      Fig. 9: . . . . remove the instrument cluster from the vehicle 89606p49.jpg
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