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Climate control area feels extremely hot.

Well basically I have noticed after having my headlights on for a bit of time that where the fan switches are and the A/C switch, that the plate gets very hot if touched. If I was to leave my fingers or hands there they start to burn.

Does anyone else have this? Should I be worried about it?
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I have a 97 and therefore some things are probably a bit different between our trucks.

HOWEVER, I can tell you that my AC controls don't get hot and I would be GREATLY concerned if ANY part of my truck (other then the engine/exhaust) got hot enough to burn flesh from "normal" operation.

My first thought would be to check your bulbs behind the A/C controls. Perhaps they aren't the right ones? Does this only happen with the interior lights on?
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I have a 97 and therefore some things are probably a bit different between our trucks.

HOWEVER, I can tell you that my AC controls don't get hot and I would be GREATLY concerned if ANY part of my truck (other then the engine/exhaust) got hot enough to burn flesh from "normal" operation.

My first thought would be to check your bulbs behind the A/C controls. Perhaps they aren't the right ones? Does this only happen with the interior lights on?
Seems only when the interior lights are on.
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Seems only when the interior lights are on.
Well it definitely sounds like it could be the bulbs then. Pull the panel out and double check the part number on them. If in doubt... it may not be a bad time to do an LED mod.
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I would worry about that actually. There could be a short in the control head and the last thing you need is an interior fire.
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how long are they on before they get hot? even the little bulbs will burn your fingers if you leave them on long enough...i have a 97 ranger and i noticed that mine got hot too when i would go on a long trip at night...but that is expected with any light source....anyone ever tried to remove a dome light bulb while it is on and illuminated???? well dont do it or you will burn your hand.....all common sense if you ask me...i wouldnt worry about it
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how long are they on before they get hot? even the little bulbs will burn your fingers if you leave them on long enough...i have a 97 ranger and i noticed that mine got hot too when i would go on a long trip at night...but that is expected with any light source....anyone ever tried to remove a dome light bulb while it is on and illuminated???? well dont do it or you will burn your hand.....all common sense if you ask me...i wouldnt worry about it
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4 times in the same fit of frustration (OHC and dome lights)

Stupid door trigger. WD-40 FTW!
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It really seems to happen over a long drive when the lights are on. Ill check it a bit more though and see if it happends any other time.
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