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Old 01-11-2006, 15:01   #1 (permalink)
Joe S.
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Mazda/Ranger truck: Remove instrument cluster

Okay, I tried and am stumped.

Need to pull the instrument cluster on a 1997 Mazda B4000 truck to replace
burned out instrument light bulb.

The instrument cluster is surrounded by a black plastic bezel that is
secured by three hex-head screws that screw up into the dashboard, above the
steering column. I figured I could pull these three screws, the bezel would
pull out, and I could then get the instrument cluster out -- probably have
to remove some screws to get the instrument cluster out.

That's not the way it appears to work. I removed the three screws and tried
to slip a thin knife blade between the black bezel and the dash cover to pop
out the bezel -- nothing doing. It seems as though the black bezel is part
of the dash cover. In fact, it looks as though I need to remove the entire
dash cover to the left of the radio, beneath the horizontal part of the
dash, between the radio and the left edge of the dash.

To remove the instrument cluster, do I need to: pull radio knobs; get
faceplate off the radio; remove the dash cover to the left of the radio;
pull the cover off the turn signals/wiper switch; etc., etc., etc. ???

Thanks.


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Old 01-11-2006, 16:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Mazda/Ranger truck: Remove instrument cluster

Now, I'm not sure how close the interior of your Mazda is to my Ranger, but
when I did my 97, I'm pretty sure I had to remove some other minor trim
pieces. Maybe the radio/heater bezel, or the part over where the headlight
switch is. Again, I'm not sure how similar the Mazda is to my truck,
cosmetically.

CJB

"Joe S." <anon@mous.com> wrote in message
news:4MWdnWBKXYtyGVjeRVn-tg@comcast.com...
> Okay, I tried and am stumped.
>
> Need to pull the instrument cluster on a 1997 Mazda B4000 truck to replace
> burned out instrument light bulb.
>
> The instrument cluster is surrounded by a black plastic bezel that is
> secured by three hex-head screws that screw up into the dashboard, above
> the steering column. I figured I could pull these three screws, the bezel
> would pull out, and I could then get the instrument cluster out --
> probably have to remove some screws to get the instrument cluster out.
>
> That's not the way it appears to work. I removed the three screws and
> tried to slip a thin knife blade between the black bezel and the dash
> cover to pop out the bezel -- nothing doing. It seems as though the black
> bezel is part of the dash cover. In fact, it looks as though I need to
> remove the entire dash cover to the left of the radio, beneath the
> horizontal part of the dash, between the radio and the left edge of the
> dash.
>
> To remove the instrument cluster, do I need to: pull radio knobs; get
> faceplate off the radio; remove the dash cover to the left of the radio;
> pull the cover off the turn signals/wiper switch; etc., etc., etc. ???
>
> Thanks.
>



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Old 01-11-2006, 16:01   #3 (permalink)
Joe S.
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Re: Mazda/Ranger truck: Remove instrument cluster


"CJB" <colonyparkwagon@excite.nospam> wrote in message
news:Nqgxf.6688$Xo5.6110@trnddc02...
> Now, I'm not sure how close the interior of your Mazda is to my Ranger,
> but when I did my 97, I'm pretty sure I had to remove some other minor
> trim pieces. Maybe the radio/heater bezel, or the part over where the
> headlight switch is. Again, I'm not sure how similar the Mazda is to my
> truck, cosmetically.
>
> CJB


Thanks -- the Mazda and the Ranger are twins, so, it's probably the same
thing. I'll tackle it again Friday, start early.

Life was so much more simple with my old VW Beetle.

Things aren't like they used to be -- and never were.

Joe
>
> "Joe S." <anon@mous.com> wrote in message
> news:4MWdnWBKXYtyGVjeRVn-tg@comcast.com...
>> Okay, I tried and am stumped.
>>
>> Need to pull the instrument cluster on a 1997 Mazda B4000 truck to
>> replace burned out instrument light bulb.
>>
>> The instrument cluster is surrounded by a black plastic bezel that is
>> secured by three hex-head screws that screw up into the dashboard, above
>> the steering column. I figured I could pull these three screws, the
>> bezel would pull out, and I could then get the instrument cluster out --
>> probably have to remove some screws to get the instrument cluster out.
>>
>> That's not the way it appears to work. I removed the three screws and
>> tried to slip a thin knife blade between the black bezel and the dash
>> cover to pop out the bezel -- nothing doing. It seems as though the
>> black bezel is part of the dash cover. In fact, it looks as though I
>> need to remove the entire dash cover to the left of the radio, beneath
>> the horizontal part of the dash, between the radio and the left edge of
>> the dash.
>>
>> To remove the instrument cluster, do I need to: pull radio knobs; get
>> faceplate off the radio; remove the dash cover to the left of the radio;
>> pull the cover off the turn signals/wiper switch; etc., etc., etc. ???
>>
>> Thanks.
>>

>
>



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