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rosborn 03-12-2010 04:36 PM

Instrument Cluster Light Bulbs
 
Howdy,

Well, slowly but surely the light bulbs for my instrument cluster have been burning out. First it was the bulb for the odometer, then it was the bulb for the left side of the cluster and, finally, the last one on the right side of the cluster burned out. I was making due with the matter as long as I could see how fast I was going. Now, at night, I am unable to do even that. So, it's time to change the bulbs. The only problem is I don't know what bulbs I need no do I know how to disassemble the instrument cluster panel.

Here's the skinny - 2001 Ford Focus ZX3.

Any and all help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks,

Rob

norcalfocus01 03-12-2010 04:53 PM

Its real easy acutaly. The cluster is held in by the plastic surround which has 3 7mm bolts in the top of it. Undo those bolts then "snap" the bezel out of the dash by gently pulling on it. Then there are 4 7mm bolts holding the cluster into the dash, the bolts are in each corner of the cluster. Lastly the wires unplug from the back of the cluster by fliping the black tap over (you'll understand it when you see it). Then all the bulbs backs you be exposed. The bulbs simply twist loose then you pull them out.

The small bulbs are #74 bulbs and the large ones for the tach and speedo are #198 bulbs. You can get replacements for them at any major auto parts store.

rosborn 03-12-2010 06:14 PM

Thank you kind sir! Sounds like a very "doable" task.

1stTimeFocus00 03-12-2010 06:16 PM

it is very doable...any questions just ask away, ive had my cluster out so many damn times i could do it blind folded

heres a link with more instructions->http://www.myfordfocus.com/how-to/gauge-face.htm

s_montgomery 03-12-2010 09:37 PM

did all zx3's come with a tach on the cluster? the OP could buy a new cluster with one for cheap!

Also welcome to FF!, rosborn

mlbbaseball 03-12-2010 09:56 PM

i think all zx3's did, but some sedans didn't. as for this, it took me about 20 minutes from start to finish to do the swap when one of mine went. soooooo easy

rosborn 03-12-2010 10:26 PM

I'll let you fellas know tomorrow how it went.

rosborn 03-19-2010 10:31 PM

Kudos to the boys at Focus Fanatics!
 
Instrument cluster light replacement is a success! Though, the little buggers were a PITA to get out and put back in. On top of that, the little bulbs were difficult to remove from their little holders.

Very easy and made even moreso with the help you guys offered.

Many, many thanks!

sailor 03-19-2010 11:19 PM

Posted via FF Mobileneed little fingers.....

sirguise 04-01-2010 08:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mlbbaseball (Post 3193490)
i think all zx3's did, but some sedans didn't. as for this, it took me about 20 minutes from start to finish to do the swap when one of mine went. soooooo easy

Not true, my ZX3 was without until I added it.


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