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Old 11-12-2012, 07:12 AM
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Thanks bigfisher,
I am not clear what you mean. Should a guy disconnect that cable? I don't know what a "kick panel" is. I think I may have a bad bulb. I will look for the video you mentioned. Thanks for your input.
There are two screws that hold the gear selector to the instrument panel. Remove the screws and the gear selector slides out.

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Old 11-13-2012, 06:06 AM
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Thanks. I found a video that shows what you are talking about. Thanks for your help.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:04 PM
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hey guys i was planning on changing the lights in my dash and put in different color LEDs. is there a piece inside the dash that makes it light up green because i dont wanna take it all apart, swap the bulbs out to LEDs and then find out that their still gonna be green haha. if anyone can help me out can you message me please?
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:08 PM
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hey guys i was planning on changing the lights in my dash and put in different color LEDs. is there a piece inside the dash that makes it light up green because i dont wanna take it all apart, swap the bulbs out to LEDs and then find out that their still gonna be green haha. if anyone can help me out can you message me please?
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:03 PM
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I am not trying to be rude or anything but I get the impression some people should not own vehicles. They should learn to read and search or get a mechanic full time on payroll.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:37 PM
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I just changed out all the OEM bulbs to 194 white LEDs. It's looks the same as before, with some not lighting up. Someone help!
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:22 PM
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changed cluster bulbs now it chimes for like 3 minutes "ding ding" on start up didnt do this before? Is that my seatbelt reminder? Mayb PO disabled it?
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:05 PM
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Great post. I followed the steps to the letter and replaced all 6 bulbs. The dash lights work great. However, The door ajar light and alarm now does not work along with the dome light and the windshield wipers do not work. Any suggestions?

I decided to recheck the fuses. I thought I had checked them all the first time, but it turned out I had missed one and that was the problem.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:18 PM
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so say you took out all of these bulbs and replaced them with red led lights, would it still light up green? because i tried changing the bulbs for the heater/ac controls with red bulbs but it still lt up green. idk if it was because they wernt led bulbs or what.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:11 PM
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so say you took out all of these bulbs and replaced them with red led lights, would it still light up green? because i tried changing the bulbs for the heater/ac controls with red bulbs but it still lt up green. idk if it was because they wernt led bulbs or what.
It would be red. Leds are better than incandescent for light output

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:14 PM
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A couple of days ago, I planned to replace all 11 of the Instrument cluster bulbs in my 2006 Ranger. The Ford dealer first sold me 12 of the larger bulbs for less than a dollar each, and they were too large. I returned to replace them with the smaller bulbs and they said the smaller ones (with the black housing) were $31.00+ each! No way...

So, I found on superbrightleds.com the following LEDs that worked great: "T1.5-xHP PC74 LED Bulb - High Power Instrument Panel LED - T1.5-CWHP: Cool White". Tech support at superbrightleds.com said these were the brighter of the two that were recommended. These cost me $2.79 USD ea., and I am glad I made this choice because anything less bright would not be okay. The less bright ones cost about a dollar less each.

Some suggestions for anyone embarking on this project: 1) Plan to start early on a day that you don't need to drive your Ranger. It took quite a few hours for me to carefully do this job. 2) You'll need the right tools and patience. A little work mirror to see how the headlight switch attaches was helpful. 3) Once you get the entire instrument panel out, take some time to experiment with how the bulbs should be inserted and 1/4-turned. 4) These bulbs are polarized, so if any don't work at first, just turn them around in the socket. 5) I replaced all of them at once with the instrument panel on the bench; then plugged it back in to reinsert any that were not inserted correctly for polarity. 6) Remember to turn on the ignition switch (make sure not in gear; parking brake on!) to test the turn signal LEDs. 7) It is a bit uncomfortable, but with the panel plugged in, you can see light from around each bulb on back of panel to see if the light is working or not.

SUMMARY: I find the LEDs plenty bright enough. There are 11 total and I recommend purchasing at least 13 in case there is a problem. On my Ranger, there are only two bulbs directly under the speedometer and the brightness of the LEDs causes a couple of bright spots so that area is not uniform in light distribution. I don't care, but there may be some pristine Ranger owners out there where this would be a problem.

I have a couple of pictures that will show exactly how they look, but since this is my first post here, I'll have to figure out how to post images. By the way, I also plan to contribute some $ to this site because I consider if a valuable resource. I hope it is okay to mention this here.

I am trying to give back a bit here. I hope this has been helpful.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:17 PM
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That is a long post. Holy cow

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:51 AM
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That is a long post. Holy cow

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:26 AM
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:20 PM
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OK..this is my FIRST Post/Question:
I still don't understand why the neccessity of Bottom Kickplate & Kickplate Brace.
Just simply go to "Step3" and remove PanelCluster screws over top of Steering.
Right?
15 Minutes later: Got it! Duhhhhh....
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