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How to remove and replace speedometer head on a 1988 f-250

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  • gethomartin Sep 14, 2010

    I know how to remove the insturment cluster. How do I remove the speedometer head from the




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Once you remove all the bolts/screws from around the cluster then you have to wiggle it forward just a little bit...enough to get your hand behind it

with your hand behind the cluster you then disconnect the wiring connectors and the speedometer cable

with the speedometer cable you have to feel for the "soft spot" of the connector...its at the end of the cable and feels like a little bump on the base...
squeeze this and pull the cable away from the speedometer

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf Sep 15, 2010

    you have to split the front of the head from the back
    then the cover of the cluster comes off
    then you will see the screws that hold the cluster in place

    assuming I remember correctly
    been years since I replaced one and my on-line Ford service data only covers 10 years



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