One of the lights in the instrument cluster of my '98 ranger burnt out and rather than shell out money to buy incandescent I decided to try my hand at creating and installing LED's. First I had to disassemble my dashboard to determine what type of light I was replacing, and then I modified some 10mm LED's to fit into the socket. This instructable only covers how to change the lights. I plan on doing another showing how I made the LED's.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
Ford Radio Removal Tool--or you can use a bent coat hanger or 4 allen wrenches
9/32" socket (step 3,4,6,7)
5/16" socket (step 5)
socket extension (step 7)
2 small screwdrivers or knives (step 7)
Step 2: Remove the Radio
Remove the radio by inserting the radio removal tool or allen wrenches in the two small holes on either side of the radio. Then push the tool out as you pull on the radio. It may help to push on the radio prior to pulling to relieve tension on the spring clips. I only had one of the radio removal tools, so I used two smaller allen wrenches that had a ball on the end.
Step 3: Remove Radio Faceplate
Remove the radio faceplate by removing the two 9/32" bolts that are beneath the radio and above the climate controls. Once you have removed the two bolts, there will be four clips holding the faceplate. Pull on the faceplate and it should pop right off. If it sticks you may need to reach behind and apply more direct pressure around the clip to get it to pop out. Once you have removed the faceplate disconnect the wiring harnesses.
Step 4: Remove Plastic "Shinguard"
To remove the plastic shinguard there are 4 screws on the bottom. You can use the 9/32" socket or a torx bit if you have one. After all four screws are removed, pull straight back to release the clips at the top.