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Old 12-18-2008
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WHO loves those Ford Dash Lights

WOO-WOO...I love how one by one my dash lights are burning out. I love that!!!!!! I am going to have so much fun pulling that baby out. I heard they go out even after replacement with a lifetime of 2-3 years. SWWWWEEEEETTTT!
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I have 2 burned out as well. I'm not wanting to take the dash apart. Mine is burned out right at the 60 mph place, so it makes seeing the speedo kinda rough.
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they arent that hard to replace really, good luck!
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I agree, its not that difficult. Buy the Sylvania Long Lifers they last quite a while.
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What do you guys do to cause your dash lights to blow so freaking offten? I have never had to replace a single dash light. My '94 is what almost 15yrs old and I would bet a weeks pay that dash has never been apart. My '04ranger 4yrs and never had one blow out. I just don't get it.
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Sounds like a good time for a led conversion
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I have 2 burned out as well. I'm not wanting to take the dash apart. Mine is burned out right at the 60 mph place, so it makes seeing the speedo kinda rough.
same thing as mine
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Sounds like a good time for a led conversion
exactly what I was thinking! Theres some great tutorials on here about LED dash lights, do a quick search theres at least 5-6 how to threads.
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they arent that hard to replace really, good luck!
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I agree, its not that difficult. Buy the Sylvania Long Lifers they last quite a while.
I think i will do the LL's. I found the write up. Doesn't look hard...Looks time consuming.

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...threadid=46290


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What do you guys do to cause your dash lights to blow so freaking offten? I have never had to replace a single dash light. My '94 is what almost 15yrs old and I would bet a weeks pay that dash has never been apart. My '04ranger 4yrs and never had one blow out. I just don't get it.
You're just lucky. This is a common issue. I know 4 other ranger drivers in my area that have the same exact issue.

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same thing as mine
We should have a cluster bulb changing party and race to see how can change their bulbs the fastest!
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Sounds like a good time for a led conversion
I agree, I did mine on a perfectly working dash!





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you LED baller, you. How about I trade my ranger for your evo. turbo trix is right around the corner from me.
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I have one out in the dash and on my steering wheel a lights out. I think it is a fuse because the first time I ever went mudding the light came back on. Now its off again.

LED's FTW!!!
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I just replaced 2 cluster bulbs today on my truck... Actually easier than I thought.
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If you can unscrew a bolt then you can do this. Its one of the easiest things I have ever done when it comes to my truck.
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What do you guys do to cause your dash lights to blow so freaking offten? I have never had to replace a single dash light. My '94 is what almost 15yrs old and I would bet a weeks pay that dash has never been apart. My '04ranger 4yrs and never had one blow out. I just don't get it.
Take 15 different Rangers and one voltmeter.
With each truck running , measure the the voltage at the battery.
You'll find 15 different readings.
Probably ranging from 12.5 to 14.8.
Too high of a voltage shortens the lamp life.
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ive had my cluster out twice, and it is about to come out again to put a new lens on it. it isnt hard to do, you just need a 7mm socket and an 8mm socket. the hardest part for me is unplugging the cluster
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lol, my left side comes and goes as it wishes.. some days its dim, others its out, then magically its like new
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lol, my left side comes and goes as it wishes.. some days its dim, others its out, then magically its like new
Mine does the same, except, it's here, there and everywhere between. lol

I just drive with the lights that are on at the time, who needs a speedometer anyway, right?
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i have a tom tom stuck to the window for my speedometer
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i have a tom tom stuck to the window for my speedometer
Well, mines not accurate, but it would be nice to see the freakin thing! lol
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I got a cluster bulb out too, just haven't gotten around to replacing it...
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ya i am havin those same probs too!! lol
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the one by my fuel gauge is out and last week all the lights went out from behind the temperature control *****
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The dash lights are easy to replace. If you can remove the cluster.....you've done the hardest step.LOL

My 01 cluster never burnt out a bulb and the Sport Trac cluster I have now hasn't burnt one. Seriously, what are you people doing to your to cause them to blow?
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my trucks 10 years old and i guess its been driven with the lights on a fair amount
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