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How to Replace Interior Lights in a Ford Explorer

by Russell Wood

There are a few things constant in life: death, taxes, and incandescent light bulbs that go out. Eventually, every bulb will fail, and when they do, they should be replaced. The dome light of a Ford Explorer is illuminated by an incandescent bulb, and it will ultimately go out when you're stuck on the side of the road with no way to read the map. Fixing the bulb isn't very difficult and shouldn't take long to do.

Open the door and locate the dome light with the burnt out bulb. On the back of the dome light, there is a switch. Change the switch to the "off" position before you start working.

Place a flat-head screwdriver between the lens and the plastic housing. There is a small access hole on one side which gives you access with a screwdriver. Pry off the cover.

Pull out the light bulbs and insert the replacement light bulb. Before you replace the cover, turn the dome light on by flipping the switch on the back of the dome light to the "on" position and double check that everything works. If it doesn't, verify that the bulb is securely in the socket.

Clip the lens cover back into the dome light assembly.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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