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How do i Change the lights in my dash board?

Is it a major Project or is it some what simple? My truck is a 2002 Ford Ranger xlt. The lights in the dash board by the RPM meter is burnt out.


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first remove the radio bezel then remove the lower panel under the steering column then remove the knee bolster (metal panel behind plastic panel) then remove trim piece around gauge cluster, then remove gauge cluster and replace burnt out bulb
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Thanks.
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If you want a step by step how-to w/pics, take a look at this. While you have it apart, it's a good idea to replace all 6 #194 illumunation bulbs. They tend to fail in the same general time frame.
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It looks as if the bulbs can be replaced without tearing the entire cluster apart. It looks like they can be accessed from the back of the cluster. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the bulb holders a twist/lock similar to say taillight bulbs?
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Thanks that pic step by step guide is nice.
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yes john, they twist and lock in a plastic socket
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Dont want to get off topic but mine is like that too. I have a 99 ford ranger and my far left dash object wont completly light up. (gas meter)....

Also on my steering wheel at night on the left side my on/off switch for cruise control does not light up, only the right side does.

Same problem/Blown Fuse/ Any suggestions???????
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i am guessing your dash has a broken bulb like mine. Just try to replace the bulbs in the dash. I am going to try it tommorow. As for the steering wheel thing, i have no idea.
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John...I can't see my self reaching wayyyyy up there and trying to get the bulbs out. Plus...there's not much clearence at all to get a hand up there with the cluster installed. OR....Now that i re-read what you typed....you don't need to tear the whole cluster apart.....just get the cluster out, flip it around so your looking at the rear, twist the holder out, pull out the 194 bulb, replace the 194 bulb with a new one, twist and lock the bulb. done. There are 6 194 bulbs that illuminate. I highly suggest replacing all of them. There's 6 total dash illumination bulbs.


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Dont want to get off topic but mine is like that too. I have a 99 ford ranger and my far left dash object wont completly light up. (gas meter)....

Also on my steering wheel at night on the left side my on/off switch for cruise control does not light up, only the right side does.

Same problem/Blown Fuse/ Any suggestions???????
Replace illumination bulbs on the gauges. That should beyour problem.

About the cruise control......pull the positive and neg cables off your battery. Pop the two side covers off the steering wheel to expose the airbag mounting bolts....pull those out with a 8mm socket...carefully full off the airbag and unclip the wiring. Then take a phillips and take off the cruise "pod". It's two halfs, so you'll have to pull the front and back apart. There'll be a "circuit board" (at least i think that's the right defination), and check it out.

If you want....PM me about your cruise pods...as i'm taking mine apart again here in the next couple days.
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