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Old 06-25-2018, 09:39 AM
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I'd like to replace the "map" light fixture on my '98 Ranger. It's the fixture up on the ceiling in the cab right above the middle of the back window and has a sliding switch. I suppose it could be called the dome light or the cab light but apparently it's referred to as the map light. I'm pretty sure I busted something on the fixture, like a tab or whatever, when I was in a hurry trying to pry off the cover (lens) to remove the bulb(s) one time in the past when the light wouldn't turn off even with the doors shut. The light still works but I can't replace the cover because like I said something (a tab or whatever) that holds the cover (lens) onto the base of the fixture apparently has broken and so it won't snap back on.

I read somewhere (maybe this forum) but can't find it anymore where an upgrade to these particular map lights can be done by replacing this style fixture with that from an Explorer so that it's not the sliding switch anymore but would then be pushbutton switches instead. What I recall reading is that on the Explorer fixture I'd need to clip off or cut off a couple of tabs on the fixture (or something like that) so it will fit into the Ranger. So I was thinking of going ahead and doing that if I could get my hands on the right fixture from an Explorer somebody might be parting out but I can't remember the year range of Explorer that will work for the swap-out.

If anybody knows here, can they let me know. Also, after that or along with that I'd like to change out the situation so that the bulbs are LED, if that's not a big deal to accomplish. Any comments/advice/guidance about any of the above appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:46 PM
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Default Re: "map" light replacement inquiry

I replaced the stock one in my 2000 Ranger Extd Cab with one from a Mustang.

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Old 06-25-2018, 05:04 PM
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Good that gives me that option too if I can come up with it. Do you remember what year Mustang? Also may I ask why you decided to replace, because your other one busted? thanks..
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Old 06-27-2018, 05:55 AM
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Default Re: "map" light replacement inquiry

I also replaced with a 94-04 Mustang light fixture. It's just a better light. It has 2 map lights and the center light.
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Old 06-27-2018, 06:34 AM
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I have the same light setup, not sure the year, I picked it up off ebay but it was also in some f150's so you know
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:12 PM
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Default Re: "map" light replacement inquiry

On the standard map/dome light...I see the 2 bulbs but is that center thing a bulb or a fuse? Just bought a used Ranger and don't know the bulbs yet and it didn't come with anything in it. The Door Ajar light was on and i think the other guy got sick of the lights being on and tore them out lol. Thanks for the help if you can.
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Old 07-23-2018, 03:52 AM
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On the standard map/dome light...I see the 2 bulbs but is that center thing a bulb or a fuse? Just bought a used Ranger and don't know the bulbs yet and it didn't come with anything in it. The Door Ajar light was on and i think the other guy got sick of the lights being on and tore them out lol. Thanks for the help if you can.
it's a bulb, if you search on here somewhere there's a list of the bulbs for every socket on the truck
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:07 AM
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On the standard map/dome light...I see the 2 bulbs but is that center thing a bulb or a fuse? Just bought a used Ranger and don't know the bulbs yet and it didn't come with anything in it. The Door Ajar light was on and i think the other guy got sick of the lights being on and tore them out lol. Thanks for the help if you can.


Itís just a bulb. For the Door Ajar light, spray WD40 in all the door lock mechanisms; open and close the doors a bunch of times. That usually solves the problem.


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Old 07-23-2018, 10:21 AM
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Default Re: "map" light replacement inquiry

Harlowe in post #5 here you said you had the same light setup but you got yours from an F150. Which light setup are you referring to, the one pictured in the other post here from a Mustang? Basically what I'm asking is whether a dome/map light fixture from an F150 will change out easily into my '98 Ranger. If so I'd also have that option from people parting out their F150s, but would just need to know the year range I guess. thanks
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Old 07-23-2018, 06:20 PM
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its the one pictured from the mustang, I just broke off a tab on the bottom of the light and screw holes/ wiring lined up perfectly in and everything functions as it would have in the f150, according to parts yards on ebay its any f series (150, 250, 350) from 92 to 2007
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Old 07-23-2018, 06:27 PM
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Thanks! A big help to me. Opens up more options for sure.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:42 AM
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I replaced the slide switch dome light in my 2000 Ranger, with one from an Explorer. It was plug and play. ------ John

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Old 07-30-2018, 08:02 AM
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Ah yeah John, yet another option. I like that. And especially the plug and play. Thanks that's great to know.
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:57 PM
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Ah yeah John, yet another option. I like that. And especially the plug and play. Thanks that's great to know.
just fyi, basically everything so far is plug and play- in case there's one you prefer
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:46 PM
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basically everything so far is plug and play- in case there's one you prefer
Okay I wasn't so sure that would be the case ("plug and play) if I were to happen to try to change out with an Explorer fixture (as I mentioned in my first post this thread) because I thought read somewhere that I'd need to clip off or cut off a couple of tabs on the fixture (or something like that) so it will fit into the Ranger. Maybe not the case apparently.
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