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My 2004 ford ranger battery went dead. I

My 2004 ford ranger battery went dead. I replaced it and had a smog test performed after driving about 6 miles. The test failed because the light would not come on. It has now been 30 hours since replacing the battery. I have now driven the truck approximately 50 miles. First, since I don't remember the light..what does is say or look like on the instrument panel. Secondly is it likely that the light is burned out?

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Hello Y2Kdiego,

Your vehicle does a "SPECIAL TEST"...

Every-time you turn on your ignition.. all your lights
get ILLUMINATED... (or should get illuminated)

Described right here in your owner's manual: (Page 10)
FORD Ranger Owner Manual Instrument Cluster

Your OWNER'S MANUAL says it is a "bulb test"...
(To me... it is not unlikely... that a 2004 bulb has
EXPIRED... (croaked (has gone to a better place)).

Before you decide to HIRE the whole
GENIUS BAR at your local dealership...

Consider buying that bulb (I'm just saying)...

While I can find ABSOLUTELY no indication
WHAT bulb... the schematic drawings
(or FORD FACTORY MANUALS)... definitely
show "bulbs" (and some LIGHT EMITTING DIODES)

Nice...
Just no USEFUL nomenclature (bulb type).

Where I you (when located & identified)...
I would buy a bunch... (consider the age of the other bulbs while you're there).

Finally ... a reason to talk to a DEALER... (in my opinion)

Else
you have a "micro-processor" resident on the
INSTRUMENT CLUSTER ...

For FREE drawing & TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETINS
(Popular USA vehicles: registration required)... go to
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Hope this helps

Carnac the Magnificent

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Check engine light . Your best bet , take it to a qualified repair shop . Special testing needs to be done to determine what the problem is . Bulb or the insturment cluster .

Posted on Jul 21, 2017

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