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I need to change the bulbs the light up the Fan & Heat/AC panel. I also have a light out in the Speedometer. How do I access these?

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Note! You should disconnect the Negative battery terminal before you start. If you do it will be a few trips before the engine runs and shifts normally. All electrical plugs have a catch. You have to find the correct place to push in, before they will come apart. All of the screws are #2 Phillips.

  1. Remove the two vertical screws in the trim panel above the cluster.
  2. Grab the bottom of the trim and pull strait back. Note, the center AC vent comes with it.
  3. Un-plug the wires and set it aside.
  4. Use a thin plastic putty knife to get under the left and right edges of the square Radio trim. Pry it strait out and let it hang from the wires.
  5. Above the radio face there are two screws that go strait up into the big piece of trim around the cluster. Take them out.
  6. There is another vertical screw on the left side below the dimmer. Remove it too.
  7. Look strait at the dash for the heads of two obvious Phillips head screws. Remove them.
  8. Pull the top of the big tunnel towards you. If you got all of the screws it should roll towards you until it is stopped by the wiring.
  9. Unplug everything. If you have an alarm the plugs may be in a ball of foam tape and cause you fits. Scrape off the tape. You may have to lower the knee bolster, under the dash, to get to the plugs There are little catches to find and push.
  10. You now have easy access to the cluster. Take out the 4 screws and roll it towards you.
  11. The panel lights are the 4 biggest sockets. The bulbs are 194s.
  12. Plug the dimmer back in, hook up the battery, turn on the lights and check the bulbs. Mine all worked after I fiddled with them. I replaced all four anyway.
  13. Remove the green covers carefully. The auto parts store won't have them.
  14. When you put it back together don't forget the light for the ignition switch. You may not have noticed it unplug when you took the big piece off.

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