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Can you replace the lights behind the instrument panel? the entire right side of my dash is no longer lit up

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Instrument Cluster Finish Panel

Removal and Installation

1. Remove three screws along the bottom of instrument panel steering column cover (04459). Pull on instrument panel steering column cover to unsnap the three clips across the top of the instrument panel steering column cover. Remove the lower instrument panel steering column cover.

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2. Remove four screws retaining the steering column shrouds (3530) together and remove the steering column shrouds.

3. Remove the three screws retaining the bottom of the cluster instrument panel finish panel (044D70).

4. Remove two screws retaining the cluster instrument panel finish panel above the instrument cluster face.

5. Pull cluster instrument panel finish panel to unsnap one retaining clip above the LH A/C register (19893).

6. Pull cluster instrument panel finish panel to unsnap three retaining clips on the RH side vertical edge.

7. Pull cluster instrument panel finish panel away from instrument panel (04320) far enough to disconnect the wiring connector(s).

8. To install, reverse Removal procedure.

I've never done #2, and #1 refers to the panel below the steering column. To remove it completely, pull it towards the driver's seat. There may be retaining clasps on it also.

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Yes. Basically ford uses individual lights that plug into a typical auto socket. Once you remove the panel you will see plastic clips that will turn left. Once you turn them left you can pull them out. Once you see the bulb you can pull that straight out. Then go to your local auto parts place for a replacement bulb.

I have attached a picture so you can see the black plugs. Let me know if you would like any additional information.
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