Replacing Lights for '98 Ford Ranger Instrument Cluster

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One of the lights in the instrument cluster of my '98 ranger burnt out and rather than shell out money to buy incandescent I decided to try my hand at creating and installing LED's. First I had to disassemble my dashboard to determine what type of light I was replacing, and then I modified some 10mm LED's to fit into the socket. This instructable only covers how to change the lights. I plan on doing another showing how I made the LED's.
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Step 1: Tools and Supplies

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Ford Radio Removal Tool--or you can use a bent coat hanger or 4 allen wrenches
Ratchet handle
9/32" socket (step 3,4,6,7)
5/16" socket (step 5)
socket extension (step 7)
2 small screwdrivers or knives (step 7)

Step 2: Remove the Radio

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Remove the radio by inserting the radio removal tool or allen wrenches in the two small holes on either side of the radio. Then push the tool out as you pull on the radio. It may help to push on the radio prior to pulling to relieve tension on the spring clips. I only had one of the radio removal tools, so I used two smaller allen wrenches that had a ball on the end.

Step 3: Remove Radio Faceplate

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Remove the radio faceplate by removing the two 9/32" bolts that are beneath the radio and above the climate controls. Once you have removed the two bolts, there will be four clips holding the faceplate. Pull on the faceplate and it should pop right off. If it sticks you may need to reach behind and apply more direct pressure around the clip to get it to pop out. Once you have removed the faceplate disconnect the wiring harnesses.

Step 4: Remove Plastic "Shinguard"

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To remove the plastic shinguard there are 4 screws on the bottom. You can use the 9/32" socket or a torx bit if you have one. After all four screws are removed, pull straight back to release the clips at the top.
tcarpenter2 years ago
You actually don't need those special removal tools, I found, as you just remove the entire black faceplate first via the bolts underneath, pull the whole thing out, then push the radio through.
paintphone3 years ago
I have put green in my car and RGB led look neat aswell
gunguru945 years ago
I was thinking about doing this to my 93 ranger that im kinda restoring.
just got done rebulding the exhaust, puting in a $250 sound system and now on to replacing the front four wheel drive gear box    :-)
did you ever get around to doing this i have a ranger just like yours and i was wondering how much the year 93 and 96 differ
dacooter5 years ago
Hey Great Idea Man It looks sweet!!
technic64905 years ago
How does this work? Most of the tan ones appear to be where warning lights are. The grey ones seem to be located by the gauges, are they removeable?
beta1072 (author)  technic64905 years ago
The black provide illumination. The tan are the warning lights. I didn't mess with the gray metal tabs I assume they hold everything together.
technic64905 years ago
What voltage do those lights run on? Did you need to put a resistor on every LED?
beta1072 (author)  technic64905 years ago
They are 12 Volts. Each LED requires a 560ish ohm resistor.
lemonie6 years ago
Dash' disassembly is generally useful, good stuff. L