How to Remove the Dash From a 1997 Ford Pickup

by Daniel Valladares

Removing the dash from a 1997 Ford truck is a necessary procedure if you wish to install replacement dash lights on the instrument panel or even place a new radio into the truck. It is a long process and requires quite a few tools, but it is fairly straightforward. When removing the dash, it is important to place all the parts in a clean and safe location so that you do not lose any of the screws or bolts that need to be removed as they will be required for the reassembly of the dash.

Step 1

Turn the truck's engine off and open the hood to disconnect the battery. Use a socket wrench to remove the negative terminal of the battery.

Step 2

Pull the headlamp switch to release the clip securing the dash bezel. Pry the trim panel on each side of the steering wheel to remove two securing bolts. Use a socket wrench to remove the bolts. Pry the bezel off the truck by pulling it off with your fingers. Unplug the electrical wiring harness before you completely remove the bezel.

Step 3

Insert a slotted screwdriver into the four holes on both sides of the radio in order to release the clips holding the radio to the vehicle. Once the four clips have been released, the radio will be able to be pulled right out.

Step 4

Open the glove compartment and press on the tabs on the inside of the compartment to lower it and reveal two retaining bolts. Remove the two gold bolts and remove the glove compartment.

Step 5

Remove the six bolts on the upper dashboard trim by the windshield. Pull the upper dashboard trim out of the vehicle. Remove the two bolts from both the driver's side and passenger's side kick panels and pull them out of the truck.

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