Question regarding Ford Explorer center-dash light being out.


Asked by Feb 03, 2014 at 10:18 AM about the 2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2008 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer edition. The lights behind the center-dash console are out. The radio is illuminated, but the ac/heat, 4x4 and other buttons are not. Is there a way to replace the light or is there a fuse? In the picture provided, the lights below the vents do not illuminate and cannot be seen at night.

Please note, I checked for a dimmer switch. My gauges are all illuminated and the radio is illuminated. It wouldn't make sense for there to be a separate dimmer for just the buttons below the vents.

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You'll most likely need to replace the button assembly. On most newer vehicles the illumination bulbs are not replaceable. I'd pull the assembly out first and check for a bad electrical connection before spending the money to change the whole thing. HTH. -Jim

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where can I find instructions on how to get to the button assembly?

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You can try your local auto parts store for a repair manual or see if your local repair shop has access to Mitchell On Demand. If so they can print out the instructions. HTH. -Jim

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