Question about 1993 Ford Escort 4 Door

1 Answer

Dashboard Light Replacement

I need to replace some of the builbs in my dashboard. I plan on replacing all of the bulbs since I will have to have the dashboard open anyway. I need instructions on how to open up the dashboard.

I bought a Chilton's Parts Manual, so at least I know how many bulbs are required. Can you help me?

Jennifer

Posted by on

  • mizjen2u Aug 17, 2008

    Thank you so much for the detailed instructions! Since I had most of the dashboard out, I had some of my stepfather's friends come to our aid after we had pulled the dashboard off, dropped the steering wheel and couldn't figure out how to get the instrument panel out. (Of course we had skipped the speedometer cable step...).



    Really though, after having to replace 7 bulbs, and after all the headache, I am relieved to say I can see to drive at night!



    Thanks again for all of your help. I am going to print off your instructions just in case we have to go through it again...



    Have a groovy day!



    Jen

×

1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I've done this and it's a bit of a pain. First drop the steering wheel by taking out the four bolts underneath. You don't need to disconnect anything, it will just pivot downward so that it is not in the way of the dash. Then take out the screws holding the dash and pull it off. Next you'll need torx bits to undo the instrument cluster. It is not necessary to take off the plastic faceplate. Just take out the rearmost screws and the cluster should be movable, but not enough to get it out far enough to reach the bulbs from the rear. For that you have to disconnect the speedometer cable at the engine. It's held in by a wire clip. You can force it out with a screwdriver through the loop. Save it! Then gently pull the end of the cable out. You have to reach way down to get to it and let your eyes adjust to the shadows. Make sure the engine is cooled down if you drove it beforehand. Now pulling the cluster should pull the cable through the firewall enough to reach the bulbs. A half twist will release a bulb so you can inspect each one. Lamp # for my '93 Escort was PC194.

To put everything back, put the cluster back into position and pull on the speedometer cable from the firewall side. I used long pliers. Once enough was pulled back through, pressure on the cluster made the rest go through, but at first there is too much cable to do that which is why you pull from the engine compartment. Put the end of the speedometer cable back. The wire clip is supposed to go through a pair of holes on both sides of the cable, but at this point it is all bent out of shape. You could buy a new one, but I straightened the old one with pliers. Feeding both pairs of holes is a pain. You can cut the clip in half and do each side separately, but I did just one side and called it good. You need to bend over the wire end that sticks through to make it stay. That was ******* the thumb - I could have used needle nose pliers.

Put the screws back in the cluster, put back the dash and screws to hold it, and pull up the steering wheel and torque the bolts back in. It took me about 5 hours the first time because I had to figure things out. Now that I've done it once, it would be a 1 1/2 to 2 hour job to do it again. I had two bulbs burnt out and bought four replacements, two for the cluster and two spares kept in the glove compartment.

Posted on Aug 16, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I need to know how to access light bulbs in the center panel where the heater controls are. Initially only one control backlight was out. Now light behind the rear control switch is out. Thanks


Dodge Caravan (01-03) Instrument Panel light replacement ...

? 12:25
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9qi78IAPF0
Mar 4, 2013 - Uploaded by ryanthiusjunk
A common issue with the Dodge Caravan (and Chrysler Town ... I just bought a Dodge Grand Caravan (2002) and noticed that the entire dash board didn't light up at night. Needless to say I needto replace all of those bulbs and after ... do you know how to fix the 2009 caravan instrument panel lights going ...

DIY Dashboard Light Bulb Replacement - YouTube

? 8:07
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bf5w3AZR_0
Jan 7, 2013 - Uploaded by Chris Punt
How to replace dashboard lights on a Dodge grand Caravan. ...Most just want to get the bad bulb out and put new one in. it seems to me the ... pull the dash panel out far enough to turn it upside down on the column and ... Bought mine at Advance Auto, but I know it is not a hard bulb to find and can be ...

2001-2007 Dodge Grand Caravan/Chrysler Town and ...





Dec 13, 2015 | 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan

1 Answer

How do I replace the dashboard light on 2003 buick century


you will probably find it easier if you just take out the clocks and unplug the loom from them then its just twist and turn the bulb out find a replacement and hey presto

Nov 09, 2014 | 2003 Buick Century

1 Answer

Most but not all dashboard lights have gone out on '97 Pathfinder. Where to find replacement bulbs?


if you have them out of the bulbs out of the vehicle, then you can take them to a parts store, like Autozone of NAPA. they should be able to either get or identify the bulbs for you. The image search should be what you are looking for and the price ($5.00USD) is about what the dealership would be asking, and that's per/bulb.
MITSUBISHI PAJERO MONTERO DIGITAL COMPASS micro mini light bulb each...

Mar 09, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

What do the dashboard lights mean? I have one that looks like a bulb, and replaced the headlight, but the dashboard light is still on.


You need to check all light bulbs, because one isn't working and that's why the indicator light is on on the dashboard.

Oct 22, 2010 | 2006 Volkswagen Jetta

1 Answer

Dashboard light replacement


1) The clock slides out by carefully prying with a fine screw driver. Take care not to scratch the dashboard fascia. It has a mini light bulb in the back. take it to the dealer / parts shop so they can see the proper color. Accord dashboards came with 3 different color plastic covers on the bulbs. Also, when you take out the clock, you will be able to see the 3rd screw that is holding the a/c controls fascia.

Feb 03, 2010 | 1998 Honda Accord

2 Answers

Flashing dashboard airbag light in 2003 Toyota Avalon


try wiggling wires under the front seats ,if that dont work then take the builb out

Mar 09, 2009 | 2003 Toyota Avalon

1 Answer

Dashboard Lights - "brake lamp" light stays lit/ dashboard bulb for gas gauge burned out


you can remove the cluster and buy the bulb separate as far as the brake light it is either the float is bad in the master cyl. or you have low frt brake pads

Oct 12, 2008 | 2003 Honda Odyssey

Not finding what you are looking for?
1993 Ford Escort 4 Door Logo

300 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

60667 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

21936 Answers

Fordexpert

Level 3 Expert

5331 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...