Has anyone had to replace lights on thier instrument cluster? I'm just wondering if I need to drop the steering wheel to do this (repair manual says I do) or has some one found another way. I have a 1996 Suzuki Sidekick, (details below).
Funny, I've had my speedo out twice and it's still vague! lol I dropped the column just by loosening the two bolts that hold it up. The most aggravating part was the speedometer connection back of the speedometer. Loosen the parts which hold the speedometer cable underneath the hood to get more slack in the cable, like Ranger said, then you can coax the speedometer out. It's not all that bad to get out.
As Ranger says, it will be far easier for you to disconnect the speedo cable at the tranny, so that it will allow you to move the cluster out a bit. With the speedo cable attached, you need teeny weeny hands to get behind it to do anything. You don't need to remove the column or anything else.
Note that this is a 1996 with a different dash (than the earlier trackicks) and an airbag in the steering wheel. It might be a bit tighter... I do not remember taking my '96's speedo out, so I am not sure.