How to Install Dashboard Lights in a 1997 Ford F-150

by Daniel Valladares

The 1997 Ford F-150 instrument cluster features six dashboard lights. The lights require No. 194 bulbs. If the bulbs burn out, they should be replaced as soon as possible for safety reasons. To install new bulbs, you must remove the instrument cluster from the dashboard of the truck.

Turn off the engine and open the hood. Detach the negative battery cable with a wrench.

Insert a flat-head screwdriver between the headlight switch and the dashboard. Pop off the switch panel and disconnect it by detaching the electrical plug.

Remove the four screws that secure the dashboard panel to the F-150; there are two along the upper edge of the panel and two below the instrument cluster. Pop the dashboard panel off of the instrument cluster.

Remove the four screws that secure the instrument cluster. Pull the instrument cluster as far out as it can go. Reach behind the instrument cluster and tilt it downward.

Remove burned-out bulbs by twisting them out of the socket. Install new bulbs in their place and twist them to the right to lock them in. Reassemble the instrument cluster and the dashboard panel. Reattach the headlight switch and reconnect the battery cable. Close the hood.

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About the Author

Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.

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