There is little help on the internet for changing a headlight lamp or bulb in a 2000 Ford Ranger. All the videos I’ve found are for the 2001 or more recent models, which are not quite the same. The info I did find made the process seem very complicated as they mentioned going into the air filter and radiator assemblies. What?!
While I did curse a little doing this job (hint: do NOT drop your new bulb (no harm done, though!)) and found the instructions in my manual to be vague at best, changing a headlight lamp or bulb in a 2000 Ranger is messy, but super easy! I especially like that there are no tools required, unlike the last time I had to change a bulb in a toad.
I had to change the passenger side lamp so the following pictures show the headlight assembly that is ahead of the air filter assembly.
In the above photo, you can see a black wire conduit. It rests over a plastic ring. Trace the wire into the ring and gently pull. This will unplug the lamp.
By twisting myself and using my Pentax‘s wonderful microscope mode, I was able to photograph this part of the assembly to give you an idea of what you are pulling on:
Next, twist the plastic ring to remove it; I believe it is clockwise. Set the ring aside.
You then need to grasp the end of the bulb and gently tug it out. It has a rubber seal around it to hold it securely, so you will encounter some resistance. Just pull steadily and it will pop out.
Insert the new bulb with the flat end facing upwards, like so:
The new bulb should slide in more easily than the old bulb slid out. Give it a firm push to make sure it is well seated. Then, twist on the plastic ring to secure the bulb. Finally, plug in the electrical connector.
Test your assembly before closing the hood. All done!
I’ll admit to leaving the store wishing that a guy would have offered to install it for me at no charge, but I am so glad that did not happen. Doing little maintenance things like these is very empowering.
Oh, and the new lamp was $9 and change with tax at Carquest Auto Parts for those who care about such things.Share on Facebook