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Old 09-11-2017, 10:46 AM
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Default How to change out headlight bulbs

I want to change out the headlight bulbs - 2002 XLT. I don't see this in my Ranger manual. Am I to reach in from the rear (removing battery and air filter) or do the units come out the front?
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:41 AM
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I want to change out the headlight bulbs - 2002 XLT. I don't see this in my Ranger manual. Am I to reach in from the rear (removing battery and air filter) or do the units come out the front?


Headlights themselves come out the front. Bulbs are in the back. Shouldn't need to remove battery or filter.


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Old 09-11-2017, 01:19 PM
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Default Re: How to change out headlight bulbs

Owners manual shows how. You can download one, they're free, just do a search.
YouTube should have something there as well.
IIRC, on your year, there is a plastic cover above the headlight on the header, held on with two screws. Remove that, and you'll see two black steel sheet metal thingys, Headlight retainers I think they're called. Pull up on those, and heads should pop right out.
They're sometimes a total bitch to get back in.
Hey, I know what, take it to Auto Zone, they just might do it for you.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:17 PM
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Ok. Doesn't seem like there's much room to get a hand in behind the headlights to change out the bulbs.
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Ok. Doesn't seem like there's much room to get a hand in behind the headlights to change out the bulbs.
LOL, no, no there isn't, it's hard enough to see there.
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Old 09-11-2017, 06:35 PM
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You just gotta do like Johnday said. Pop off the plastic cover and pop up on the headlight retainer clips. Then you can pull the headlights out the front. That will give you the room you need to get to the bulbs.


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