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Old 02-27-2006
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Im another new truck buyer with no healight switch bulb worky problem. My g/f 96 ranger's worked with 160k miles on it, I just figured mine didnt have one... My dash has been out of my truck soooo many times and I just really dont care if it works or not...
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Old 02-28-2006
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I had mine replaced at 10000, it is always on. The dealer just replaced the switch.
of course they broke my car alarm and it took them 300$ to get it fixed but thats another story.
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Old 02-28-2006
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So are ya'll saying that you can buy replacement bulbs for these??? Headlight switch and fog switch???
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Old 03-01-2006
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Damn I knew that thing had to light up...and my warranty ran out two weeks ago.
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Old 03-02-2006
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Originally Posted by l2en
Damn I knew that thing had to light up...and my warranty ran out two weeks ago.
You might ask the dealer to make a "warranty adjustment," or whatever it's called. If asked kindly, they might knock some off of the price, or do it under warranty.

I successfully argued for warranty coverage after my warranty had run out (my heater box crapped out in the summer, but I didn't know about it until it got cold outside and I had to start using the heat). It worked out that they charged me for the heater box ($140) and the dealer absorbed the cost of the labor ($500 to remove the dash).

So in your case, the price of the bulb is quite inconsequential. It's the cost to disassemble the dashboard to get at the bulb that will be a significant amount. You might be able to work something out with your dealer. Tell them that the bulb has never worked, and as a result, you didn't even know that the switch was supposed to illuminate, and you just found out about it 2 weeks after your warranty ran out. I think that they would be flexible.
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Old 03-02-2006
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Originally Posted by Redneckstone
^^ very cheap its a cheap bulb thats why it burns out thats why they made the "LED" mod for it
Interestingly my grandmother who owns an explorer asked if they could replace the bulbs in her dash since some of her gauges are dim, they wanted $250.00 no joke. Dealerships are EVIL!

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Old 03-02-2006
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Originally Posted by rwenzing
I thought the H/L switch illumination bulb was "not serviced separately" as they like to say at the parts counter. Do you know a source for the OE bulb by itself, Zach?

I bought two of them at the dealer (6 bux each) before doing the led mod.
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Old 03-02-2006
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Mine lasted about 6 months or so. I just didn't care. I still don't honestly. I don't know why but I never do good at subtle changes.
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