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Old 01-17-2014, 08:00 PM
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Ok, i've read that the 2002's have blue tint instead of green tint for the dash lights, is this correct or have i heard incorrectly?
Older rangers have blue tint but not 02s. I forgot which years have the blue.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:14 PM
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Does this 194LL-bulb go by any other names? A quick search on my available shops here in Norway shows nothing.
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:42 PM
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Does this 194LL-bulb go by any other names? A quick search on my available shops here in Norway shows nothing.
They may not carry any of those type of bulbs there. Did you have an US ranger shipped over there?

You will have to search US websites or get a member to buy them and ship to you.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:18 PM
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They may not carry any of those type of bulbs there. Did you have an US ranger shipped over there?

You will have to search US websites or get a member to buy them and ship to you.
I find alot of bulbes similar in shape and size. So it shouldn't be a problem, but numbers are wrong and I would like to have them at hand before tearing down ly dash. The alternative would be to take them out and bring then to the shops for comparison, but I would really like to avoid this. Is there any corresponding part numbers I can search for?
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Old 05-24-2014, 01:49 PM
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So I have a problem. Just did this, all bulbs in and working, but pretty sure I snapped the gear selector cable, and now it's stuck in park. What are my options?
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Old 06-19-2014, 03:30 PM
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Replacing the bulbs on the A/C heater cluster is rather easy. On the radio trim, just below the radio are two screws that hold the trim in place, take out the two screws and the trim piece should pop out. Carefull though the wires don't give a lot of slack so you will have to disconnect them from the cigarette lighters and radio. Once you have the trim taken off, on the a/c heater cluster, you will find two more screws that hold the cluster on, take off those screws and the cluster should just come right off. On the back of that you will find the little black light bulb holders that are also in the dash cluster, that is how you replace the a/c heater light bulb cluster.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:56 AM
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I find alot of bulbes similar in shape and size. So it shouldn't be a problem, but numbers are wrong and I would like to have them at hand before tearing down ly dash. The alternative would be to take them out and bring then to the shops for comparison, but I would really like to avoid this. Is there any corresponding part numbers I can search for?
If I remember correctly, the bulbs in the dash are the same as the bulbs that plug into the license plate holder. Also it should tell you in the owners manual.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:35 PM
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Instrument cluster back-lighting is typically socket 194 on the Ranger, which is the equivalent of T10 in terms of LED. The indicator lights and such are all socket 74, a.k.a. T5. The HVAC panel is also 74/T5. I find that the easiest thing to do is to just look for packs of T10 and T5 bulbs. Just don't be afraid to splurge. I got a pack of ten T5 bulbs a few months ago, and I think maybe four of them are still working. They were dirt cheap in terms of price, and apparently, in terms of performance. Brightness was OK though. While they lasted… Case in point: be careful with LEDs. The good ones are durable and very bright, but finding said "good ones" is a bit of an art.

Now, to just find regular bulbs, search for just the number, and not any letters after it. "194LL" is Sylvania's long-life 194 bulb. Other manufacturers may or may not use it. As long as it's 194, it'll fit in the socket just fine.
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:30 AM
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Default Re: How To: Instrument cluster bulb replacement

If i was interested in changing the interior bulbs for the guage cluster and a/c controls to an LED light - is that just a simply bulb change or do you need to add ballasts etc?

I'm new to this so go easy on me!

the light near the gas guage is out and i'm going to replace it, but dont know if i should replace it with the 194 bulb or go to LEDs.
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:39 AM
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Socket 194 LEDs are completely plug-and-play. No extra equipment required. The off-white color of standard bulbs is what the cluster colors are designed around though, so it might look a little strange with LEDs in there. And as I mentioned above, be really careful when buying them. A deal that sounds too good usually is. One of the LEDs I installed in my cluster a few months ago is already flickering. And I've lost three indicator lights so far.
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Old 10-18-2014, 10:42 AM
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My Ranger is a 2001 big V6 extend cab. Problem: a friend said he could replace the instrment light bulbs for me. When I got it back lots of wierd things happening. Emergency flasher dash light is now the blue headlight bright light. It flashes when when the emergency button is pressed. The turn signals work but have no dash light to indicate they are flashing. I think other stuff is messed up too but all that bugged me enuf to get online here. I plan to do it myself now following the pictured instructions on this thread. I do have the skills BTW and should have done it to begin with but my pal is a bodyshop owner and does other mechanical work. I never dreamed this would happen. He mumbled about some special Ford testing thingy that he don't have, etc. Any ideas what I should look for when I get it apart??? Relays? Connectors?? Any and all advice appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-18-2014, 11:55 AM
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Sounds like a fuse might have been blown during the process. That, or maybe one of the harnesses wasn't seated back in there correctly when it was reinstalled. You either had a serious electrical issue before that really surfaced itself when the dash was reinstalled, or your pal managed to screw something up in a marvelous way. First step I'd suggest when you remove the cluster is that you smack him upside the head with it.

At the very least, check fuses 10, 11, and 26 in your central junction box (the one on the driver's side of the dash, accessible with the driver's side door open). All of those provide power to parts of the dash. I lost fuse 10 a few months ago, and it actually killed my speedometer, odometer, trip meter, a few various back lights, glove box, etc.. If your turn signals are working, then your flasher relay is fine. The indicator lights just aren't coming on, which signals a cluster power issue.
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:35 AM
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Default Re: How To: Instrument cluster bulb replacement

So for those that have used LEDs, how does dimming work? Is it smooth progression like the stock bulbs or does it work differently?
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Old 12-02-2014, 10:48 AM
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So for those that have used LEDs, how does dimming work? Is it smooth progression like the stock bulbs or does it work differently?
It's smooth.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:02 PM
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So for those that have used LEDs, how does dimming work? Is it smooth progression like the stock bulbs or does it work differently?
Probably depends on the bulbs. Some are fancier than others, so they can handle the stock dimmer. The ones I got? Pfffffffffft, yeah right. The dimmer is useless now. I actually saw the same thing at one of my theaters. They installed LED lighting in a few of the auditoriums, and the dimmer panels linked to them have no clue how to handle that. With a 1-10 level for brightness, I had to set high to 10, mid to around 2, and low to 1. Same thing happened with my cluster. Barely any change at all until it's down to almost nothing.
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