How To Remove A 2004-2008 Ford F-150 Instrument Cluster

Depending on the issues, a broken or malfunctioning instrument cluster can be annoying and unsafe. Sometimes the problems are minor, like burned-out pixels or bulbs. But if you're having problems with the gauges or incorrect warning lights, you should consider fixing or replacing the instrument cluster. 

In this guide, we'll cover removing the instrument cluster on your 2004 to 2008 Ford F-150 and options for replacing it. 

How To Remove Your Instrument Cluster

Removing the instrument cluster on your Ford F-150 is surprisingly easy and can be done in just a few steps. Removing the trim around the instrument cluster is the hardest part, which can be tricky. While you can use a putty knife or other flat-bladed tool, we recommend buying a trim pry tool set

It costs less than $10 and is a good investment to protect your dashboard and trim from scratches, gouges, or breaking attachment clips. To get started, you'll need the following tools:

  • Metric socket set
  • Socket driver or ratchet wrench 
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Trim pry tool set

Next, you’ll need to prepare your Ford F-150 so you can work on it. Be sure you park on a flat, level, off-street surface to avoid any unexpected movement while you're working. Put your key in the ignition and turn it to the auxiliary or first setting. Double check to be sure you securely set the parking brake. Lastly, be sure you disconnect the battery to avoid damage or injury.

Instrument Cluster Removal - Step By Step

  1. Start by using a trim tool to remove the knee bolster. 
  2. Remove the two 7mm bolts behind the knee bolster and carefully pry the trim loose around the instrument panel. 
  3. Remove the four 7mm screws holding the instrument panel in place
  4. Pull the instrument panel out slightly and disconnect the harness from the back of the panel. You may find it easier to tilt the steering wheel down for better access for this step. 

To install the new instrument cluster, reverse the above steps.

F-150 Instrument Clusters From ISS Automotive

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If you have problems with the instrument cluster on your Ford F-150, we can help you fix or replace it. We offer a fast 2 to 3-day turnaround on all repair orders with free shipping in the lower 48 states. Additionally, all repairs and exchanges come with a limited lifetime warranty.  

Need help? Call us or contact us online if you have questions or want to know more about our services.