How to Change Cluster Lights on a Dodge Ram

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Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery using a wrench. Isolate it so that it can not come in contact with the battery while you are working.

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Remove the headlight switch bezel using a trim stick or wide, flat tool. Pry the clips loose and pull the switch out enough to remove the electrical connector on the back of the switch. Release the locking clip on the connector and remove it from the switch, then pull the switch and bezel out of the dash. Set it aside for now.

3.

Remove the center bezel starting with the cup holder and ashtray. Under the ashtray you will find a screw. Remove the screw with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pry the center bezel loose using a trim stick or other wide, flat tool. Pull it out and disconnect the electrical connectors on the back of the panel.

4.

Locate and remove the two screws in the top of the cluster bezel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Gently pry the bottom loose from the clips using a trim stick or other wide, flat tool. Remove the bezel and set it aside for now.

5.

Remove the four mounting screws that secure the cluster to the dash panel. There is one in each corner of the cluster. Slide the cluster out toward you and disconnect the wiring harness connector on the back after releasing the locking clip on the connectors.

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Locate the bulb sockets on the rear of the cluster. Turn the socket counterclockwise until it unlocks. Pull it straight out, then remove the bulb by pulling it straight out of the socket. Install a new bulb into the socket, pushing it in to seat it. Install the socket into the back of the of the cluster and turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

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Slide the cluster back into the dash and reconnect the wiring harness connectors on the back of the cluster. Reinstall the four mounting screws and tighten them with the Phillips-head screwdriver.

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Install the cluster bezel, starting with the clips at the bottom. Snap the bezel in and install the two retaining screws in the top of the bezel with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Reinstall the center bezel by snapping it into the clips on the dash after reconnecting the wiring harness connectors on the back of the panel. Install the retaining screw under the ashtray and slide the ashtray and cup holder back into the bezel.

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Install the headlight switch bezel back into the dash after reconnecting the wiring harness connector on the back of the switch. Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery and test the lights to be sure they are working.

Tips and Warnings

  • The replacement bulbs for your truck are available from the dealer or any auto parts store. If you are not sure which bulbs you need, ask an associate at the auto parts store to look up the required part numbers for you.
  • Work slowly and carefully when removing the bezels from your Dodge. The tabs that engage the clips are all plastic; if they break, the bezels will not fit right.
  • Changing the cluster lights on your Dodge can appear to be a lot of work. While you do need to remove several panels from the dash of your Dodge to remove the cluster, the task is not difficult. The bulbs that back-light the cluster are installed in the rear of the cluster, making them impossible to replace without remove the cluster from the dash. Work slowly and methodically, being careful not to break the clips on all the bezels, and you will have the cluster out in no time.