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SUBJECT: # 11992: Odometer Not Displaying on '99 F150

Submitted by t ( from TEXAS on 6/6/2006 11:20:00 AM

Howdy All -

On my wifes '99 Ford F150, the dashboard odometer display does not always light up. The display is digital and sometimes it is just blank. I have adjusted the brightness level of the instruments and that was not the problem. The odometer is working as I have noticed the mileage before the display goes out and when the display comes back on. The mileage is increasing even as the display is not on.

Any sugguestions?

Thanks in advance.

  1. 6/6/2006 4:13:00 PM Submitted by UFM82 from OH says Could just be a light bulb...
    In the Ford dashes there are still small bulbs that illuminate the LED screens from behind. I'll guess you either have a poor connection in the socket or possibly a bad circuit board. Remove the instrument cluster by dropping the steering column shroud, disconnecting the PRNDL indicator and the dash bezel. The cluster should be held in by some #15 or #20 Torx head screws. Take the screws out and pull the cluster forward until you can detach the electrical connectors. Once you have those off, you will be able to snake the cluster out of the opening in the dash.

    The bulbs are either the mini-bulbs that Ford has used for years or they are a tiny little special bulb that I have seen a few of. I've never had my own dash apart yet but my wife's Taurus used the mini-bulbs. I've done probably 250 dash bulb replacements over the years and they're not tough. Just be careful with the printed circuit board- don't pull on it or tear it. There have been a few vehicles over the years that had illumination built-in like come Continentals and Town Cars- those dashes were Major Bucks to replace for a stupid bulb. We figured out how to change those to though.


  2. 6/7/2006 1:27:00 AM Submitted by shaknb8 ( from CA says Cluster
    T, It's your instrument cluster. The circuit board is probaly going bad. The only fix is to replace the instrument cluster. Your odometer will still keep on reading mileage.

  3. 6/8/2006 3:13:00 AM Submitted by Planocat from TX says Common problem. Here's a link for repair.
    My office mgr's 99 Expedition is doing the exact same thing. We're just living with it, but here's a link I found for repair of the cluster:

    scroll down to: "1999-2001 F150 - Symptoms: Digital Odometer fades in and out or no odometer display. Repair Cost $149"


  4. 6/8/2006 9:26:00 AM Submitted by moonbat ( from OTHER says If you are inclined to try and fix it yourself.....
    here is a fairly detailed repair procedure that I'm thinking of dooing myself since my F150 does this too.

  5. 6/8/2006 10:01:00 AM Submitted by t ( from TX says Thank You All for the Information
    I really appreciate the help. Have a great one.


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