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removing gauge cluster

I'm no stranger to pulling interiors apart,but I've heard from some people that to remove the gauge cluster in a Ranger,you have to remove the steering wheel.

I've got an 02,with tilt steering. Do I have to pull the wheel off,or will I be able to pull the cluster out without pulling the wheel off?

Half of my gauge cluster lights are burnt out and need replacing. I can barely see my gauges at night as only about 3 bulbs still work.
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I'm no stranger to pulling interiors apart,but I've heard from some people that to remove the gauge cluster in a Ranger,you have to remove the steering wheel.

I've got an 02,with tilt steering. Do I have to pull the wheel off,or will I be able to pull the cluster out without pulling the wheel off?

Half of my gauge cluster lights are burnt out and need replacing. I can barely see my gauges at night as only about 3 bulbs still work.
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first you have to take out the drivers seat, then the steering wheel. The pedals were getting in my way so I took those out too.

Burp.

Oh wait - you don't have to do any of that.
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first you have to take out the drivers seat, then the steering wheel. The pedals were getting in my way so I took those out too.

Burp.

Oh wait - you don't have to do any of that.
Ya you do, then the center console, passenger air bag, driverside rear tire, passenger front rotor, transmission.....

Just kidding, all you have to do it just play around with the cluster and it will come on out.
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though you have to pull the engine to change the oil pan gasket.. really.
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though you have to pull the engine to change the oil pan gasket.. really.
Oil pan gasket you just remove the rear bumper and passenger rear tire.
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Don't even TRY to get to your wiper fluid.
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when you change the bulb if you change the color of the bulbs will it change the color of the lighting for the gauges. the only reason im asking this is because i have a couple blown light in there and want to replace them but if i can change the color why not.
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when you change the bulb if you change the color of the bulbs will it change the color of the lighting for the gauges. the only reason im asking this is because i have a couple blown light in there and want to replace them but if i can change the color why not.
It will if you remove the green film from the back of the gauge

It also has the be a good bulb with enough output to look good
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Is it okay to replace my turn signal fluid with ATF too?

btw,I already got the driver's seat and front tire removed,but the gauge cluster still won't come out.
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I had to take my rear slider off, along with my passenger side fender flares. Then it was accessible.
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mine is on it's way out,i can hear it rattling on start up. I'm going to put some glass packed bearings in this time.
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