Ford Ranchero Parts And Ford Ranchero Accessories
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With a car that\'s as old as the Ford Ranchero, one or both of its tail lights will fail sooner or later. And whether it\'s due to regular wear or damaged by collision against another object, a broken tail light must be changed as soon as you can. Aside from the potential traffic violations you\'ll get, a non-functioning tail light will make your ride invisible or difficult to see while on the road at night, or when there\'s heavy fog or rainstorm.
You can have the tail lights changed at any auto repair shop, but replacing these components is actually easy enough to accomplish on your own.
Ideally, you should purchase a replacement tail light that is original-equipment-manufacturer (OEM) certified. OEM-certified tail lights are basically identical to the stock ones in your car, so they fit and function just the same. However, because of the Ranchero\'s age, finding OEM-certified replacement parts may prove to be difficult. There are manufacturers that offer aftermarket tail lights compatible with the Ranchero, although you need to make sure that it complies with Ford\'s OEM standards for this particular vehicle model as well as CAPA certification. In a worst case scenario, you may need to have the tail lights custom-made at the shop, if you cannot find one that is OE-compliant.
One cheap place you can find replacement parts for the Ford Ranchero is in junkyards. Auto salvage yards, in particular, can contain lots of spare auto parts for discontinued vehicle models in fairly good condition. Some junkyards even offer special sales for these parts, so don\'t hesitate to visit your local junkyard or their Facebook page for details.
Before you start, make sure that the engine is switched off and the negative cable disconnected from the battery to prevent electric shock. Loosen and remove the screws attaching the tail light assembly to the fenders and pry out the assembly itself.
With the tail light assembly detached, disconnect the wires connected to the tail light socket. Carefully disengage the lock of the light socket from the housing and pull the socket away. If you plan on reusing the light bulb, make sure not to touch the bulb with your bare hands as the oil in your skin can cause irreparable damage to the glass
Inspect your new tail light for any signs of defects. If you see no problem in it, insert the bulb and socket and lock it in place. Reconnect the wires, reattach the tail light assembly onto the fenders, and secure it in place with the screws. If your tail light assembly comes with screws, use these instead of the old ones.
Once the new tail light is in place, be sure to test it. If it does not light up, check if the wires are properly connected. Also, check the tail light fuse in the fuse relay if it has blown or is damaged.