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Removal

You will need a 7mm socket.

1) Lower the tilt steering column to the lowest position.

2) Remove the 2 screws and the instrument cluster finish panel.



3) Remove the 4 instrument cluster screws (1) and the instrument cluster.



For 2001-2004 models, disconnect the 3 electrical connectors.

For 2005-2007 models, disconnect the electrical connector.

To install, reverse the removal procedure.

All replaceable lamps are #37 or #74.
 

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Thanks, jp, lots of people appreciate the info. :clap:
 

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all the lamps on my 04 look the same, they are 74. i could be wrong as i only pulled a few of them out too look at them. but i did pull out one of each color.
 

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Thanks for catching that---you're right! I forgot to change that after I posted it this morning.

All bulbs in all 2001-2007 clusters are #37/#74.

The bulbs lighting the gauges can be replaced with #24 bulbs, which are four times brighter.

I need more Timmy's.

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do you got a line on cheap replacement ones? around here they want 11 bucks for one 74 bulb. there isnt .05 cents worth of materials in one of them damn things.
 

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Just a Q JP.

Is it possible to replace the instrument cluster lamps with LED's?
or
is it even possible to change the color of the bulbs? like, from green to blue?

Thanks!
 

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Hmmm. Got paint? :) A thin layer goes a long way sometimes :thumb: . But then, I have no idea how hot these little raskles get. :confused: Occassional use bulbs the paint sticks to, long term? IDK... :shrug:
 

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For 2001-2007 E/M/Ts, you can replace the #37/#74 bulbs with white LED retrofits. Any other color will have trouble showing through the green and red markings that are part of the gauge faces. The only problem with some LED retrofits is that they emit light only toward the front of the "bulb", so the gauge faces may end up having bright and dim areas.

The 2001-2004 E/M/Ts use little green domes over the #37/#74 bulbs, but the gauge faces also had coloring. 2005-2007 E/M/Ts have all of the color on the gauge faces, with no colored domes.

I have changed the color on a 2005 cluster, and it can look even better and brighter if an array of white LEDs are arranged on a circuit board mounted inside the area behind each gauge. That's what I'm doing with my Edge. Then the markings can be any color (except for the red markings that are already printed on the front of the gauge faces).

I'm not sure what the inside of a 2001-2004 cluster looks like, but I do know that it's entirely different (both mechanically and electrically) from a 2005-2007 cluster.
 

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Thanks JP!

Say, would you be willing to "Frankenstien" my instrument cluster?

How's $50 to DQ sound?
 

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Deal!
 

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Hi,new guy here,I recently put 05 Trib. guages in my 05 escape.I used the whole cluster, i did'nt like the white faces on the stock ones.The Trib. gauges worked great,even the low tire light worked (whitch I don't have).The only problem was the milage on the Trib dash was 29,000 ,the Escape had 85,000 ! so I took the overlay of the Trib dash and put it on the Escape.worked out great.I did'nt like the red pointer's so I changed them for white one's off an older Explorer.The suprise was at night, the pionters where red! Evedently the Escape dash has red LED's under the pointers on all gauges.Realy look's nice.......buikgs1
 

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Sounds nice. Got any Pics? :)
 

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If I am remembering correctly, there are small gold-coloured Torx screws holding on the front face of the cluster. When those are removed, you can pop out the face and swap it for another. All the servos are connected by press-in pin connectors to the circuit board at the back. This way you can keep your original odometer reading when you swap everything else.

Correct me if I am wrong; I also did a lot of work with Escort clusters lately, so I may be misremembering some details.
 

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On my o5,the clear front is held on with snaps,no screws.The gauge face just peels off.I checked with a ford dealer,and was told the miles are stored in the guage cluster,can't be canged with thier comptr.has to be sent away to be re-calibrated witch would cost quite a bit I'm sure! Hope this helps.. buikgs1
 

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I did the same thing when I had my '05 Escape Limited. I had to wait for around two months until I found an '05-'07 Tribute cluster with a message center (the extra window under the tach) on eBay. I kept the gauge electronics, but I swapped the gauge faces and the entire window and gauge surround assembly with the Tribute parts. I swapped the needles later when I noticed that the Escape's needles were too short.







Imagine that in blue:



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now that's great looking!

say, would a message center work on an 03? Probably not eh....
 

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I think message centers first appeared on the '03 models with the Limited.

You need a different cluster, along with the three buttons near the hazard flasher button (which gets rid of the pocket there).

I'd still like to see the inside of an '01-'04 cluster. I could see if I could retrofit it with LEDs that way.

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I'll take it apart this weekend and post pictures!
 

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Thanks!
 
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