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Instrument light replacements


ekrampitzjr

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Thanks to this site for carrying the instructions with clear pictures for replacing instrument panel bulbs. That helps a lot. Having the bulb number needed is another big help.

The Haynes manual says to "remove the radio", which did not seem to make sense. Now I see I just need to loosen the trim piece around the radio to be able to remove the trim around the instruments.

Haynes manuals have their weak areas...

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Here's an important note about the instrument cluster lights. The later Rangers, apparently 2004 and later, do not use the 194 bulb. I discovered this after tearing apart the dash.

The replacement is the smaller Toshiba V-2 bulb and socket, which are attached together and replaced as a unit. They are removed from the back of the cluster in the same way as the 194 bulb and socket, but you cannot pull the Toshiba lamp out of the socket. NAPA had a similar bulb/socket that did not fit well, but for now I was able to make the NAPA unit work. The V-2 is available online from different sources. Apparently it is used in several different cars in gauge clusters.

The turn signal indicators in the later Rangers take the V-2 as well. I am ordering enough to replace all of the cluster bulbs, which is 10 instead of 6. The 10 include the turn signal indicators.

The V-2 is available as a socket only from some vendors and would take the 74 bulb. But you cannot remove the bulbs from the OEM units in my Ranger.

This is important news and I thought the rest of you might need this info.
 
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My fuel gauge light is burned out, as is one of the climate control bulbs. I can still see everything just fine, so I am choosing not to go through this PITA procedure until much, much later. LOL!
 

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Got the Toshiba V-2 light/socket units from eBay and replaced all 10 last Friday. Everything works now.

The ones I got were identical to the ones removed, with the bulb made into the socket assembly. These sockets twist out counterclockwise to release from the instrument circuit board just as the 194 sockets would. The difference is that you replace the socket and bulb as a unit, instead of just the bulb.

Three of the 10 are the turn signal and high beam indicators, but I replaced them anyway. The others are the actual gauge lights.

To repeat: the later Rangers do not use the 194 bulb, but these Toshiba units. Auto parts stores don't necessarily have them, as I found, so look for the V-2 online.
 


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