Question about 2004 Ford Ranger
How do I change the dash lights on my 99 Ranger? The one for the speedometer is working but the one for the fuel guage and the one for temp guage have gone out. I can't figure how to gain access to them. There seems to be no way from under the dash. Its an extended cab 2 wheel drive 5 speed 4 cyl if any of that matters.
You have to remove the instrument cluster in order to replace the bulbs. This will include removing the knee panel under the steering wheel, the black trim piece in front of the instrument cluster, and possibly the trim and vents surrounding the radio, depending where the screws are located.
Some of the bulb holders may have notched the foil contacts on the board and the bulbs won't light after they are replaced. If that happens, you'll need to bend the tabs on the bulb holder slightly and use your finger nail to flatten out the dent in the foil.
It's not a quick fix, so you may want a dealer to service it. I suggest replacing your bulbs with LED's for longer life.
Posted on Jul 17, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
there is a new style body panel adhesive that makes this job very easy for the home body man this panel needs to be prefit by you make shure it lines up and looks strait then apply the glue on the eges and drive a couple of self tapping screws into it to hold it until the glue dries usually 1 24 hr period after the glue is hard then remove the screws and sand off excess glue and fill the screww holes with spot and glaze putty sand all areas to prepare for next step which is feathering with fibermix and then spot putty prime and paint see the heat from a welding machine is nice to but it warps the panel being put on the glue lasts for years and it doesnt warp panels thanks for using a great resource like fixya
Posted on Jul 13, 2008
I have a '88 Ranger XLT extra cab 4X4 w/auto tranny (2.9L V6) that had a 2-piece driveshaft on it. After adding a 4" suspension lift, there was a strong vibration whenever I took off from a dead stop. I replaced the drive shaft with a beefed up 1 piece custom built by a shop specializing in drive shafts. The truck no longer had any vibration, and it hooks up immediately on exceleration. I found the shop on Ebay advertising drive shafts. All I had to do was measure the length from the transfer case/Tranny to the rear differential. The length of the new drive shaft allowed me to adjust almost 3/4" so all I had to do was get it close. I also took close up pictures so the shop could match up the correct flange on both ends of the driveshaft. The last thing I had to do was flip the crossmember brace so it wouldn't interfere with the new drive shaft.
Posted on Mar 08, 2009
SOURCE: erratic speedometer
DEPENDS ON IF THIS USES CABLE OR SPEED SENSOR....MOST LIKLY SPEED SENSOR THEY ARE COMMON FOR THIS ERROR... IT IS MOUNTED IN REAR OF TRANSMISSION HOUSING. HAS TWO WIRES GOING TO IT...THE TERM IS VEHICLE SPEED SENSOR... WHEN YOU PURCHASE THE NEW ONE YOU WILL NOW KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR... SIMPLE ONE SCREW MOUNTS IT 5 MINUTE CHANGE OUT LET ME KNOW IF MORE HELP NEEDED
Posted on Sep 01, 2009
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