The process of replacing the instrument cluster of a Ford F-150 involves removing the dash panel, disconnecting and unmounting the existing cluster and installing the replacement. The process is relatively simple and requires only a few basic hand tools. For safety purposes, always disconnect the negative battery terminal before beginning the process.
After disconnecting the battery, move to the driver's seat of the vehicle, then locate and remove the clips that secure the steering column cover in place. After removing the cover, turn off the headlight switch and unscrew the switch to remove it. Unclip the lower dash panel and access the seven bolts that secure the instrument panel in place. Remove the bolts using a socket wrench, and pull the panel out far enough to access the rear side. Unhook the electrical connectors located on the rear of the cluster, and remove it from the dash.
Attach the electrical harnesses to the replacement cluster before mounting it to the dash. Replace the mounting bolts to secure the cluster in position, then reinstall the lower dash assembly, headlight switch and steering column cover. Reconnect the battery, and turn the ignition to ensure the cluster is working properly. Avoiding touching any display bulbs with bare fingers that may contain grease or oils that can damage the bulbs.