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Question About Cruise Control Switch

How do you change out the bulbs in a 01 Ranger Edge cruise control switch? Is there a how to post anywhere on this? Is it just a bulb that you replace? Any help would be great! Thanks!
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There is a How-To on how to disassemble the Steering Wheel but I can not locate it.

Search the site and see what you get.

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thought this might help !

QUOTE=Fx4wannabe01;1079555]You can't get replacement bulbs for them...believe you must purchase the entire pod.

Remove the steering wheel airbag, then there's two phillips screws that hold the cruise control pods to the wheel. They just split in two. I led'd mine when they burn't out.[/QUOTE]

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Cruise Control Back Lighting Bulb

For all those with a blown light in the cruise control pod. I just fixed mine tonight in a 2003 edge. It is true no one has a clue what bulb to use but I did manage to find a replacement at Radio Shack. It is a mini lamp radio shack part number 272-1141. Cost $1.49, had to shorten the leads and solder it in but works like a champ.

The bulb replacement guide doesn't have a listing for the bulb either.
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Blown light in the cruise control pod; fixed mine tonight in a 2003 edge. It is true no one has a clue what bulb to use but I did manage to find a replacement at Radio Shack, "mini lamp radio shack p/n: 272-1141.
Cost $1.49, had to shorten the leads and solder it in but works like a champ.
The bulb replacement guide doesn't have a listing for the bulb either.
I have never had the Pods apart, how many bulbs are needed and is there a way to change the color of the pods ?
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I have never had the Pods apart, how many bulbs are needed and is there a way to change the color of the pods ?
Just unscrew the airbag (1 bolt on each side) pull it then you will see two philips head screws holding the pod onto the steering wheel once u pull the airbag.
Disconnect the wiring harness (pigtail or w/e u wanna call it) from the pod itself and then with ur hand just pull the back plastic with the front "buttons" and its apart. Inside there is a small circuit board with the buttons that you'll see and each pod contains 1 bulb itself.
You can change the color by replacing that bulb with a plug-in LED or u can go through the trouble and solder some in lol. Mine are currently Blue.
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you'll see and each pod contains 1 bulb itself.
You can change the color by replacing that bulb with a plug-in LED or u can go through the trouble and solder some in lol. Mine are currently Blue.
What about the air bag do you need to disconnect the power ?

Blue, are the LEDs Blue or is there a color change somewhere else ?
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What about the air bag do you need to disconnect the power ?

Blue, are the LEDs Blue or is there a color change somewhere else ?
Its recommended that you disconnect your battery just to be safe that the bag doesn't go off but i take risks lol. When you unbolt the airbag from the sides it will move freely and behind it you'll see the plug that goes into the bag. Just disconnect it and the bag can be completely removed. Its easy and simple to do once you see everything. I just swapped my airbag from a 98-00 to an 01-03 bag and it took me like 5 minutes haha.

Edit: The LED itself is a Blue LED. I didn't change the color of anything else to do with the pod.
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Scrambler I've had the airbags out of just about every vehicle I've ever owned and never disconnected the battery. It probably a good idea to do it but i'm always up for a laugh if they detonate.

The pods just seem to pop apart and back together without much fuss. The light is on the bottom side of the circuit board, which just slides out of the rubber cover.

As for the bulb colors. The one in my truck was covered with a green rubber cover that I just put back over the new bulb I replaced it with.
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Thanks I will look at the bulbs at Rat Shaq.
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Sorry to bump up an old thread guys but my left side cruise light is currently burnt out and I'm getting ready to replace them both at the same time.

My question is a little different..

Has anyone used any of these little twist lock LEDs in their factory cruise switches??

B8 series LED Twist Lock Lamp Specifications

Other LED styles are shown on this page if I've linked to the wrong ones: http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...nt.html#Table2

They have various sizes of twist lock LEDs but I'm unsure of which ones to buy? I thought maybe one of you guys/gals might have an old bulb laying around to measure for me.. Pretty please???

If we can come up with the correct measurements then this would be a quick and easy, plus cheap way of converting the cruise control bulbs to LEDs without a need for soldering.. If I can get the measurements then I'll be the guinea pig on this..


GB :)

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Scrambler I've had the airbags out of just about every vehicle I've ever owned and never disconnected the battery. It probably a good idea to do it but i'm always up for a laugh if they detonate.
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It's hard to laugh with a busted jaw....LOL

Having one go off in an accident is bad enough. Having your face up close to one while trying to remove it without removing the power source......OUCH!!
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Sorry to bump up an old thread guys but my left side cruise light is currently burnt out and I'm getting ready to replace them both at the same time.

My question is a little different..

Has anyone used any of these little twist lock LEDs in their factory cruise switches??

B8 series LED Twist Lock Lamp Specifications

Other LED styles are shown on this page if I've linked to the wrong ones: Super Bright LEDs - Instrument Cluster and Gauge Backlights

They have various sizes of twist lock LEDs but I'm unsure of which ones to buy? I thought maybe one of you guys/gals might have an old bulb laying around to measure for me.. Pretty please???

If we can come up with the correct measurements then this would be a quick and easy, plus cheap way of converting the cruise control bulbs to LEDs without a need for soldering.. If I can get the measurements then I'll be the guinea pig on this..


GB :)

Anyone??


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soo.. what 'plug-in LED' are we looking for? I've never seen what the bulb connection looks like before....was wondering if anyone knew which oines to buy.....blue...
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It sounds like you're asking the same thing I'm asking about.. All I need are measurements of an old twist lock factory bulb and I can compare that to the ones I linked to..


Anyone?


GB :)
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It's hard to laugh with a busted jaw....LOL

Having one go off in an accident is bad enough. Having your face up close to one while trying to remove it without removing the power source......OUCH!!
Please disconnect the battery and wait five minutes before working on any component in the SRS (air bag) system. Better to be safe than sorry. The air bag deployment is loud and quick, you could get seriously hurt and it may be expensive to replace the deployed bag.
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Sorry to bump up an old thread guys but my left side cruise light is currently burnt out and I'm getting ready to replace them both at the same time.

My question is a little different..

Has anyone used any of these little twist lock LEDs in their factory cruise switches??

B8 series LED Twist Lock Lamp Specifications

Other LED styles are shown on this page if I've linked to the wrong ones: Super Bright LEDs - Instrument Cluster and Gauge Backlights

They have various sizes of twist lock LEDs but I'm unsure of which ones to buy? I thought maybe one of you guys/gals might have an old bulb laying around to measure for me.. Pretty please???

If we can come up with the correct measurements then this would be a quick and easy, plus cheap way of converting the cruise control bulbs to LEDs without a need for soldering.. If I can get the measurements then I'll be the guinea pig on this..


GB :)
Let's try this request again.. Anyone? Please?


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How about a picture of the OEM Bulb, i for one have not seem one.
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I've seen a picture of the OEM bulb on Cardomain. In that how-to write-up about soldering in LEDs. It's a twist lock type of bulb or bulb housing. I think it could easily be replaced by the twist lock LEDs that are available at the link I provided a few posts back...

I'd really have to have some measurements to get the right size of LEDs from that website, as they offer a few different sizes of the twist lock LEDs. I think this could benefit the entire Ranger community if we figure this out and it ends up being a direct replacement.. No more soldering LEDs or buying new switches from Ford..

GB :)
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Here's the best I got. Side by side comparos of stock versus LED'd. IDK why the first two are retarded yet the second two are great comparos...but whatever. Pics from like 4 years ago. lol. I don't have any spare pods to do any actual measurements or any of that crap. Take what you can get. lol.


No making fun of my solders either....it literally was my FIRST soldering project ever. And it's still goin' strong.












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Nice, this is good...
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sweet, I need to get on that
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Thanks Shane! I sure wish I had some measurements of the stock bulb housing. The twist lock one. That way I could compare to the LEDs on the site I linked to a page back.. Once I figured that out,, then the LED mod would be a simple buy-n-bolt on.. No more soldering for anyone.

I guess I'm gonna have to just buy a bunch of them and hope some of them are the right ones..


GB :)

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Well, I just bit the bullet and ordered some LED twist lock replacements. I hope they fit.

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Well, I just bit the bullet and ordered some LED twist lock replacements. I hope they fit.

GB :)
GOOD ! Please let us know two things:

Do they fit ?

Do they light evenly ?

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