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Old 06-22-2008
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Icon6 1997 Ranger dashboard lamp replacement

I now have no dashboard lamps anymore! Can somebody give me some pointers on how to remove the dash and get access to these lamps? I thought I saw a step by step instrutional on this some time back! Thanks this web site is kick-***!
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if you have no lights, i would look at the headlight switch.

for some reason i don't see ALL of the lights burning out, my old cluster only had one bad bulb when i removed it.
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We had a 95 ranger at work that all the dash lights burnt out on...there was 1 light still working the first time I drove it, and that last light burnt out around 450,000 miles, but I highly doubt they were all original, lol.

My 98 with 134,000 has at least 2 burnt out (fuel gauge and voltage are 100% dark).

The 07 ranger at work already has one dash light burnt out (right in the middle of the speedometer)...i think it's at around 60,000 miles right now.

While you're replacing the bulbs I'd recommend putting some LEDs in there so you don't have to ever replace them again. www.v-leds.com seems to be a good source; I'm sure there's plenty of other places to get them though.
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Here's my dash torn apart to replace my dash light.







I think it's 6 #194 bulbs. They're the black do-hickeys in the bottom pictures.
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^^^It looks alot worse than it really is. In order to get your gauge cluster out, you have to remove the 2 screws in your radio bezel, then pull that out, remove 2 screws in the large panel under the steering wheel and unclip the top portion, remove 3 screws around the plastic part surrounding the gauge cluster, and last you have to remove the 4 screws that hold the cluster in place. It can proably be taken apart in about 10-20minutes.
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Yeah, it does look a lot worse than it really is. And, you're right about it only being a few screws. Look on the floorboard of that last picture and you can see there's not much hardware down there.
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^^^It looks alot worse than it really is. In order to get your gauge cluster out, you have to remove the 2 screws in your radio bezel, then pull that out, remove 2 screws in the large panel under the steering wheel and unclip the top portion, remove 3 screws around the plastic part surrounding the gauge cluster, and last you have to remove the 4 screws that hold the cluster in place. It can proably be taken apart in about 10-20minutes.
You have to take out that damn knee thing, i hate it.
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Icon14 THANKS to you all!

I just got finished with this job! it was really a piece of cake! It all went smooth except I broke my Tranny position indicator linkage! Oh well I atleast now have kick *** lights in my dash again!!! Sweet! This forum rocks!!!!! Thanks again to all whom replied! I'll be BAAAAACK!!!!
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