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Old 03-16-2009, 08:42 AM
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Question 2003 Instrument Cluster Bulb Replacement

I have three instrument lights out on my dash. Does anyone have any advice or specific instruction I could use to determine how to get at these? My repair manual is very general in this area.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:57 PM
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you need to remove the trim panel around the steering wheel, then you can pull out the cluster
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:36 AM
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Default Re: 2003 Instrument Cluster Bulb Replacement

I am looking to replace the cluster bulbs in my 2005 ranger so if you could tell me just out of curiosity how many i need to plan on buying because itis currenty green and the truck and all interior lighting is now red so i wanted to follow through with you guessed it. More red. Thanks for the Help!
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:48 AM
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I am looking to replace the cluster bulbs in my 2005 ranger so if you could tell me just out of curiosity how many i need to plan on buying because itis currenty green and the truck and all interior lighting is now red so i wanted to follow through with you guessed it. More red. Thanks for the Help!
Need 6 bulbs I believe.

You will need to sand the green film off for the light to shine through
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:01 AM
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Default Re: 2003 Instrument Cluster Bulb Replacement

don't forget that 04+ clusters with the digital odometer will require a trip to the dealer to reset after it's been unplugged. or at least that's what i've read.
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:11 AM
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Have had mine out many times. even swaped another in to test with no problems
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Default Re: 2003 Instrument Cluster Bulb Replacement

Thank you for the help! I am planning on just replacing the bulbs all together to Red ones so hopefully I wont have any issues. But this with my little garage is definately a cooler day/weekend project. Thanks again!
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:33 PM
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Have had mine out many times. even swaped another in to test with no problems
cool. i thought i had read it somewhere that the 04+ with the digital odometer had to be reset.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:39 PM
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Thank you for the help! I am planning on just replacing the bulbs all together to Red ones so hopefully I wont have any issues. But this with my little garage is definately a cooler day/weekend project. Thanks again!
You plan to sand off the green film?

Just suggesting you do better results.
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Default Re: 2003 Instrument Cluster Bulb Replacement

oh so theres a green film behind the actual gauges? i thought you were saying on the bulbs themselves but yeah i would probably do that.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:15 PM
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Ya there is a green film

Here are my pictures from when I did it.



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Removing the needles

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Old 12-15-2011, 10:26 AM
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Default Re: 2003 Instrument Cluster Bulb Replacement

i have an 06 with the cluster out to replace bulbs but am having trouble finding the right bulbs-ford wants $28 for i bulb with holder -have napa store looking-#37 bulb to big-any one have any idea what no bulb will fit-thanks
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:50 AM
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i have an 06 with the cluster out to replace bulbs but am having trouble finding the right bulbs-ford wants $28 for i bulb with holder -have napa store looking-#37 bulb to big-any one have any idea what no bulb will fit-thanks
Are you wanting leds? if so try superbrightled.com not sure what size 06 takes mine (02) took 194 but i dont think 06 is the same. im sure someone else will chime in with some info tho
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:17 PM
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Default Re: 2003 Instrument Cluster Bulb Replacement

Lol, I wish I would of found this thread earlier today! I just took the cluster out to replace all the bulbs...went ahead and did blue bulbs instead of stock replacements only to find them to...instead of being the bright blue I had assumed, they're more like a soft blue...bummer . Oh well a trip to AZ and some sandpaper/brillowpads later It will be done.

When in doubt...refer to FRF...I'm going to sticky note that.
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