How do I Change Lightbulbs on a Ford Ranger?

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How do I Change Lightbulbs on a Ford Ranger?
Driving your Ford Ranger with malfunctioning lights is very dangerous. (Andrew Bret Wallis/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The lights on your Ford Ranger make your drive a safer experience. They alert other drivers to the location of your vehicle as well as when you are going to stop or turn. If any of the exterior lights on your Ford Ranger go out, they should be replaced as soon as possible in order to help ensure your safety while driving. As each lamp uses a different bulb, you should check to see the type of bulb you will need for the lamp you are going to repair before beginning the process.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Clean cloth
  • Replacement bulb

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Instructions

    Replacing Headlamp Bulbs

  1. 1

    Park the Ranger and turn the headlamp switch to the off position. Open the bonnet. Remove the screws and cover from above the headlamp assembly.

  2. 2

    Pry up the two retaining pins at the rear of the headlamp assembly to release the assembly. Pull the headlamp assembly away from the Ranger and disconnect the electrical connector from the bulb by pulling it rearward. Remove the bulb retaining ring by rotating it counterclockwise and slide the ring off the plastic base of the bulb.

  3. 3

    Remove the old bulb by pulling it straight out of the headlamp assembly and use a clean cloth to push a new bulb into the headlamp assembly. Make sure to only use 9007 type bulbs.

  4. 4

    Reattach the bulb retaining ring and rotate it clockwise to secure. Plug the electrical connector into the rear of the assembly and place the assembly back into the vehicle.

  5. 5

    Push down on the two retaining pins to secure the assembly and reattach the screws and cover. Close the bonnet.

    Replacing the Front Side Marker and Parking/Turn Signal Bulbs

  1. 1

    Turn the headlamp switch to the off position and open the bonnet.

  2. 2

    Remove the two screws and cover from the top of the headlamp assembly. Pry up on the two retaining pins at the rear of the assembly and pull the headlamp away from the vehicle.

  3. 3

    Locate the turn signal assembly underneath the headlamp assembly. Remove the screw from the assembly and disengage it from the vehicle by unsnapping the retainer on the side of the assembly.

  4. 4

    Rotate the bulb socket counterclockwise and remove the socket. Pull the old bulb straight out and use a clean cloth to push a new bulb into the socket. Make sure to only use 194 type bulbs for the smaller side marker lights. The parking and turn signal lights require 3457AK type bulbs.

  5. 5

    Place the socket back into the lamp and rotate it clockwise to secure. Snap the lamp back into the vehicle and reattach the screw to secure it. Reattach the headlamp assembly and close the bonnet.

    Replacing Tail Lamp/Backup Lamp Bulbs

  1. 1

    Open the tailgate to expose the tail lamp assembly. Remove the four screws securing the lamp assembly and pull the assembly out of the vehicle.

  2. 2

    Rotate the bulb socket counterclockwise and remove it from the lamp assembly. Pull the bulb straight out of the socket and replace it with a 3157K type bulb. Use a clean cloth to install the bulb.

  3. 3

    Place the socket back into the assembly and rotate it clockwise. Place the lamp back into the vehicle and reattach the four screws. Close the tailgate.

    Replacing Foglamp Bulbs

  1. 1

    Remove the bulb socket from the foglamp by rotating it counterclockwise.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the electrical connector from the bulb socket.

  3. 3

    Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace it with a new 9145 type bulb. Use a clean cloth to install the bulb.

  4. 4

    Reconnect the electrical connector to the socket. Reinstall the socket to the foglamp by rotating it clockwise.

    Replacing the High-Mount Brakelamp and Cargo Lamp Bulbs

  1. 1

    Remove the two screws from the high-mount lamp cover.

  2. 2

    Remove the lamp assembly from the vehicle.

  3. 3

    Remove the bulb socket from the lamp assembly by rotating it counterclockwise. Pull the old bulb out and use a clean cloth to install the new bulb. The high-mount lamp uses 922 type bulbs.

  4. 4

    Place the assembly back into the vehicle and reinstall the two screws to secure the high-mount lamp cover.

    Replacing Number Plate Lamp Bulbs

  1. 1

    Reach behind the rear bumper to access the bulb socket.

  2. 2

    Rotate the socket counterclockwise to remove it. Carefully pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

  3. 3

    Use a clean cloth to install the new bulb. The number plate lamp uses 194 type bulbs.

  4. 4

    Rotate the socket clockwise to secure it to the number plate lamp.

Tips and warnings

  • Handle any halogen bulb carefully and keep out of children's reach. Grasp the bulb only by the plastic base and never touch the glass surface. The oil from your hand could cause the bulb to fail.

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