From "another Escape site":
If I recall correctly, removing the Instrument Cluster is pretty straightforward. It is somewhat awkward and requires delicacy, flexibility and patience.
I will CAUTION you that you do NOT want to break the Instrument Cluster - It is expensive to replace!
First and foremost, disconnect the battery. Put the parking brake on and turn the ignition key to "on" so that you are able to move the gearshift lever to L to get it out of the way. Also you may want to tilt the steering wheel into the lowest position. This will allow for greater access and ease in getting the instrument cluster out.
Remove the 2 screws that are in the top of the instrument panel cover, they are beneath the top portion of the dash pad when looking at the instrument cluster.
Gently pull the trim cover towards you. NOTE: There are plastic clips, behind the cover that will snap free. It may take a little force to get this removed, be careful not to break the clips.
You should now be able to see the 4 screws that secure the instrument cluster. Remove those 4 screws, and then gently angle the instrument cluster towards you. You should now be able to see the top connectors - you need to squeeze the middle of the connector clips to unlock them and gently pull the connectors from the cluster. Then ever so gently maneuver the instrument cluster out.
On the backside of the instrument cluster you will see what look like little knobs - these are the bulb sockets. Find the correct one behind the odometer and using needle nose pliers, gently twist counter clockwise to remove the bulb socket and replace it with a new one.
Again I will CAUTION you that you do NOT want to use any undue force and break the Instrument Cluster or circuitry board - It is expensive to replace!
Reverse the procedure to reassemble.
Hope this helps.