1999 Ford Taurus Replace Dash Lights

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The 1999 Ford Taurus has several dash lights on its instrument cluster. The lights illuminate the cluster gauges and, when triggered, the dash's warning indicators. In order to replace the dash lights, you will need to disconnect the battery so that you don't activate the vehicle's airbags when partially removing the instrument cluster. The job sounds more complicated than it really is, and all you'll need to complete it are a few basic tools and #194 replacement bulbs.

Tools Used[edit]

Socket wrench
Phillips screwdriver
#194 bulbs

Replace Dash Lights[edit]

  • Turn off the Taurus's engine. Lift the hood and prop it open. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery, using a socket wrench. Wait 30 minutes.
  • Remove the two screws on top of the dashboard trim above the instrument panel, using a Phillips screwdriver. Do the same for the four screws above the steering wheel.
  • Pull off the dashboard trim from the Taurus.
  • Remove the two retainer screws holding the instrument cluster in place, using the Phillips screwdriver. Pull the instrument cluster out slightly.
  • Reach behind the instrument cluster and disconnect the wire from the rear by pulling it off. Pull the cluster out of the Taurus.
  • Flip the instrument cluster to the underside to find all of the dash lights secure in their sockets. Pull out any faulty bulbs and insert new ones. Be sure the bulbs click into place.
  • Reconnect the wire to the underside of the instrument cluster. Reinstall the cluster in the dashboard and secure it in place with the two screws.
  • Reattach the dashboard trim to the Taurus and tighten all six of its screws. Reconnect the battery and close the hood.