Mechanics

DASH BOARD LIGHTS

2001 Ford Ranger

Interior problem
2001 Ford Ranger 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 199000 miles

How can I replace the dashboard lights? I can't find a way to get to them.
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Biker636
February 28, 2009.



Hello –

I believe this is what you are looking for…. You will have to remove the dash cluster to remove and replace the bulbs.

ILLUMINATION & INDICATOR BULBS
Removal & Installation
Remove instrument cluster. See INSTRUMENT CLUSTER. Remove instrument panel illumination or indicator bulb by turning socket and bulb counterclockwise. To install, reverse removal procedure.
PRINTED CIRCUIT
Removal & Installation
1. Remove instrument cluster. See INSTRUMENT CLUSTER. Remove instrument cluster gauge amplifier. See INSTRUMENT CLUSTER GAUGE AMPLIFIER.
2. Remove all instrument panel illumination and indicator bulbs by turning each bulb counterclockwise. Remove gauges. See GAUGES.
3. Remove 19 instrument gauge harness connector clips using long-nose pliers. Squeeze both sides of clip equally so locking ears pass through opening in instrument cluster case. Be careful not to overbend or distort clips. DO NOT reuse instrument gauge clips.
4. Ease instrument cluster printed circuit up and off locating pins and remove from case. To install, reverse removal procedure using NEW instrument gauge clips.

INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
CAUTION: Instrument cluster light bulbs are pressurized and may shatter if improperly handled. Wear eye protection when replacing instrument cluster light bulbs.
Removal & Installation
1. Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove 2 screws from center instrument panel finish panel and pull out center instrument panel finish panel. Remove radio. Disconnect electrical harness connectors. Remove hood latch release handle and cable from instrument panel steering column cover.
2. Remove 2 screws and instrument panel steering column cover. Remove 4 screws and instrument panel steering column opening cover reinforcement. Position column gear shift lever aside (if equipped). Remove 3 screws and pull out cluster finish panel. Disconnect electrical harness connectors and remove cluster finish panel.
3. Remove 4 instrument cluster screws. Pull out instrument cluster and remove transmission range indicator (if equipped with automatic transmission). Disconnect electrical harness connectors and remove instrument cluster. To install, reverse removal procedure.

GAUGES
CAUTION: If gauges are being removed from cluster assembly, DO NOT remove gauge pointer. Magnetic gauges cannot be recalibrated.
NOTE: Fuel gauge and instrument cluster gauge amplifier are calibrated together and cannot be serviced separately.
Removal & Installation
Remove instrument cluster. See INSTRUMENT CLUSTER. Remove instrument cluster gauge amplifier from back of instrument cluster. Remove 7 screws, instrument cluster lens and mask assembly from instrument cluster. Remove appropriate instrument gauge clips. DO NOT reuse instrument gauge clips. Outside gauge assemblies must be removed before center gauge assembly. Gently remove desired gauge block by grasping outside edges of gauge and lifting. To install, reverse removal procedure using NEW instrument gauge clips.

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