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(How-to) Upgrade/Replace Your Instrument Cluster

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If you’ve ever driven an escape with the 12” cluster you know how cool it is, for instance, switching to ECO mode gives a calm green display, switching to sport mode gives racing style gauges, to be fair, there’s no information the 12” cluster provides that the base model cluster doesn’t, but it is able to provide more information at one time, for instance, with adaptive cruise, it is nice to have the forward situation display without having to select it in a menu.

For me, the hardest part was actually finding the cluster, I ordered it from one junkyard, and they had wrapped it poorly and it came with cluster mask plastic cracked, I tried to order the mask from Ford, but it’s not sold separately for the digital cluster. I ordered it from another junkyard and they sent me the wrong part. Seems good help is hard to find these days…

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Where to find it:
1. A local wrecking yard with a 2020 escape titanium (You need a GAS model!)
2. Ebay
3. You can try the national used parts database here:
Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market

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(cluster), MPH, (AT), High series cluster, digital, manual shift
(cluster), MPH, (AT), High series cluster, digital, w/o manual shift

You can also try other options as the clusters are often mislabeled. In theory there is also a 6” cluster a so called, “High Series Analog” but I’ve only seen that on Lincoln corsair.
4. LKQ online

Note: You will need a forscan adapter that supports MSCAN

Parts Required:

Instrument Cluster (High Series Digital 12”): LJ6T-10849-DEK

Note: I am not sure if a new cluster will come with the firmware already installed so it may be best to get a used unit.
Note 2: To program the correct mileage via forscan you will need to purchase a cluster with lower mileage than the vehicle you’re installing it in. Forscan only increases mileage, it does not decrease mileage!

Basic Steps:

1. Connect Forscan and Download your existing Asbuilt from your original cluster.
2. Note your Mileage in Kilometer(Even for USA) from the Forscan Log
3. Remove Sync 3 Screen
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4. Partially Remove The Sync 3 Button Trim
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5. Remove Cluster Surround Trim
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NOTE: It is best to remove the cluster surround trim and the upper column trim together as one piece, the plastic is very thin where the connection is made. The upper Column cover has no screws and simply pops off.
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NOTE 2: The left driver’s side vent is intended to come out with the cluster trim, however mine was stuck to the ducting, I ended up unclipping from the cluster trim it with a pick and removing the parts separately but reassembled them before reinstalling.
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6. Install the new cluster and Program your asbuilt and mileage in KM(KM is more accurate than miles for this case.)
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I got my new cluster today, but when i try to write the as built to the new cluster It stops and will not continue. Says wrong security key. Anyone have any ideas.

As it sits my cruise control does not work and there is a DTC in the IPC saying wrong info from cruise control module?
I have the full license. I was able to get the as built copied to the new cluster but now the cruise control is giving me fits.
I keep getting the error that the IPC is getting faulty signal from the CCM module. I will troubleshot a bit more tomorrow.

I am able to the cruise on but have no indication of the follow distance, lane centering nothing. issue clears when I put the old cluster back in. If I turn cruise off i have to restart the car to get it turned on again. this is really wierd.
Was finally able to clear the issue by going into the safe mode and enabling anything that had to do with IACC or ACC in the IPC and APIM. Now it works perfectly
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