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My 95 Dakota did this.When they go out,verify it is the feed by trying the high beams.If they also won't work,look at the feed terminal at the headlight switch.Mine had a overheated terminal pin,causing an intermittent open.You can probably find a replacement pin,replace it,and clean the matching pin on the switch.(I replaced the switch,only to end up taking everything apart again to repair the overheated pin).
These headlamp housings are sealed and not meant to come apart. There is a headlamp polishing kit that is sold in most auto parts stores that is used with a low speed drill to polish the fog and glaze out of the plastic lens using 3 or 4 steps of fine gritted paper with a polishing compound to finish the job. If the housing has water in it or is very dirty inside there isn't a whole lot you can do to get that out of there short of replacing it. Hope this helps a bit!
The harness is worn on the inside of the steering wheel needs to be removed and the harness repaired or replaced. This is dangerous because it has air bag inside, if you want to do this post here and I will post the proceedure to do this with.
The headlight housing must be removed to access the bulbs on the back of the housing.HOWEVER!!! you must take loose the bumper on the side you are replacing.To do this you also have to take loose the inner finder and turn you wheel sharply in the opposite direction of the bulb to be replaced.There is a 10mm nut you will have to remove inside as well as multiple plastic fasteners along the inner finder and across the front under the hood.Bulb just twist out to remove once the housing is removed.Also, resist the urge to use a very large hammer.Use caution when pulling the plastic bumper out where the 10mm nut was removed, the stud can easily scratch the paint while working the housing out of its socket.
This is the curse of the old Ranger. I would use two flat tip screwdrivers to pry them apart and have a friend hold the grey terminal while you do this. If you spray WD-40 or PB blaster on it it may seperate but you run a chance of damaging the electrical connections on the inside of the terminal if you do this. I would just replace the whole headlight assembly it's only like fifteen dollars but don't quote me on that.
Well...lets start with the obvious. Check fuses and NEVER piggyback any stereo or security stuff into their fuses...you dont want the lights to shut down during a night drive!! Check under the hood for a relay center...also has some fuses there as well.
The Daytime Running Lamps are a "straight through wiring configuration". Doubt it even goes through a headlight switch at all. But the regular lights do. Unless you've worked on the front of the car and forgot to plug the headlights back in, do this... Turn the light switch on...looking at the instrument cluster , can you make the high-beam-indicator light come on? As you rotate the headlight switch knob...does the instrument panel lights brighten or dim? You probably have a faulty headlight switch...auto stores have them...they simply plug in.