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Old 02-05-2011, 02:47 PM
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Default 1998 Dash lights

About half of the dash lights are out in my 98 Ranger. How do I go about replacing the lights?? I only see two bolts in the dash bezel.
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:51 PM
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IDk, but I would love to know seeing as how I have the same problem. Do you know if you can get different color bulbs for it?
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:00 PM
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Firstly, the colors are determined by the gauge overlay, so just changing bulb color doesn't work too well. There are writeups about how to go about changing the color of your gauges.

Secondly, I'm sure there's a writeup on changing the bulbs, but here it goes. You first remove the knee panel under the steering wheel and the hood release latch. then you remove the radio bezel. Next you remove the panel that goes around the gauge cluster, and unplug the headlight switch so you can get it out of the way. This is what the two bolts you see hold on, along with bolts on the bottom edge, and one behind the radio bezel. Once the bolts are all out, you pull out to pop it loose from the spring clips. Ounce all that is out of the way, you can see the bolts around the perimeter of the cluster itself. Once you remove those, you can pull it out far enough to disconnect the 3 plugs on the backside. Then you can get the cluster out, and change the bulbs from the backside. The bulbs for illumination are the bigger connectors, and they remove by turning counter clockwise 1/4 turn. The bulb (194) then pulls straight out of the socket. There are 6 illumination bulbs.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:51 PM
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Thank you, here I thought GM was the only manuf. who made things difficult. Try working on a vette!!
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:47 AM
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Been there, done that, not an experience that I would want to repeat.

Really though, this isn't that hard, just takes a minute to explain.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:53 AM
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Is it the lights in the speedo cluster?
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:43 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Dash lights

i just changed the dash lights in a eclipse to blue leds and to make that happen i had to use nail polish remover to take off a yellow film on the back of the gauge cluster so when the blue leds were on they would shine right threw insted of being green because of the factory film...now the question is does this apply to the 1998 ford ranger as well cause i would love to put blue leds in my dash for my gauges and for the hvac controls i think it would look awsome
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