Is there a quick fix for the light on the dash which will not come on when the parking brake is engaged?

Asked by Mar 21, 2015 at 12:11 PM about the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

In a safety inspection, the light on the dash which is supposed to light up when the parking or emergency brake is on would not light up so we failed the inspection.  How can I get it fixed without spending a ton of money?

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Might just be as simple as the bulb in the gauge cluster is burned out.

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I've changed a few in that generation explorer. The instrument cluster has to come out which isn't difficult, but takes a while as all sorts of things have to come out to get to the cluster. Do not remove the lens on the front of the cluster as you may knock off the indicator for speed and you will probably have to get it recalibrated. Once everything is removed there are only a few screws around the cluster to remove it. Be careful as there is not a lot of slack in the wiring harness. You will have to reach behind to disconnect the electrical connections. Change all the pulps while in there and test prior to reassembly.

17,230

Something like a Hayne manual should give you the procedure for removing the cluster. Use plastic cups for different types of screws/sizes and label the cup. You are going to have a bunch of them.

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