How to Replace the Bulb on the Digital Display on a Ford Factory Radio

by Daniel Valladares

Contemporary Ford vehicles come out of the factory already equipped with a radio. The Ford stock radios have lights underneath that illuminate the radio controls in the dark. If one of the bulbs burns out, you should replace it so you can have an easier time controlling the radio in darker conditions. Replacing one of the bulbs is fairly simple, but you do need to pull the radio out of the dashboard to access the bulbs.

Turn off the Ford vehicle's engine and remove the key from the ignition.

Remove the four screws from the cover bezel of the center console, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pry off the bezel with a slotted screwdriver.

Remove the two screws that secure the radio to the Ford vehicle, using a Phillips screwdriver, and pull out the radio. Disconnect the electrical connector from the rear of the radio and remove the device from the vehicle.

Pull off the faulty bulb from the rear of the radio and replace it with a new 194 bulb. Make sure the bulb is secure by clicking it in place.

Reinstall the radio and its screws. Reattach the bezel and its screws.


  • close Never touch a bulb with your bare hands. Use gloves or a clean cloth to install a new bulb.

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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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