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Ford Explorer 2003 Puddle Light Replacement

Discussion in 'Performance Lighting' started by Watanasookchai, March 2, 2004.


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    1. 1970mach1

      1970mach1 New Member

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      Thanks Dennis for the detailed instructions.
      I hope I can help all the members that have assisted me in the last 3 weeks with all my requests for HELP. You guys have been great. I believe I have made all the repairs my 2005 Explore XLT needed. I am just waiting on one last request, drivers door key pad issue. Thanks, :salute:
       
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      its a easy fix! heres my video on how to fix it!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNuTKNSdqac
       
    4. BigRondo

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      Nicely done!! :D:thumbsup:
       
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      Sorry to wake up the thread, but is it at all possible to get a set of mirrors with 'puddle' lights in them and install them on my '02 XLS which I believe doesn't come with them?

      Thanks!
       
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      +1 !!!!!! my explorer came with a broken keypad from the dealer...need to replace it so I can reset the original (original code had a 0/1 in it and so does the stock key code :( )
       
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      Check the door wiring going through the boot by the door hinges. The wires break and you would surprised the components that dependent on some of those wires, you will find a few broken wires. All of the power Windows run through the divers door switch, keypad for keyless entry and it's light, etc etc etc
       
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      the thing is, the pad lights up and if i use the bottom 2 buttons it still locks. only the top button is broken, hence not being able to use the stock code
       
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      I had similar electrical issues with my '02 XLT. The dome lights would stay on until the battery saver feature turned them off, the accessory delay wasn't working, the driver side puddle light didn't work, the keypad on the door would set off the alarm when I pressed it, the door ajar light would flash and beep at highway speeds, the radio would shut off as soon as I turned the key off, the alarm would beep twice when I armed it. Recently all 4 windows stopped working. Most recently the driver door lock actuator stopped working.

      A lot of electrical issues can be traced back to broken/damaged wire(s) in the boot between the body and the driver's door. I found 3 broken wires and repaired them. The thin black ground wire was broken and after repairing it all was back to normal. When the windows stopped working, I repaired the thick black ground wire and the windows now work like a champ. I had to repair the pink/black wire to fix the driver door lock actuator.

      Here is the thread for removing the door panel: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums//showthread.php?t=303524

      Here is a great thread for checking for broken/damaged wires, thanks to synyster for this awesome write-up: http://www.explorerforum.com/forums//showthread.php?t=270081

      Unfortunately the pictures are no longer available in the above thread. IIRC, I believe I unwrapped the wires enough to gain access. When I have gone searching in there I had an idea of what wire I was looking for. I located the the wire I was looking for and gently tugged on that wire on the door side. The wire was pulled toward me and out of the harness. I then went inside the vehicle and gently tugged on the the wire I was looking for and was able to pull it inside the vehicle. I then spliced a length of wire to the 2 ends, completing the circuit. I then gently pulled the excess into the door.

      Be sure to take your time when looking for broken/damaged wire(s). Check all the wires for breaks/damage. When you think you're done looking, look again, and again, and again. A bright flashlight can be very helpful.
       
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      Bravo, don't solder them like I did, I'll just have to replace that wire when the solder joint cracks.
       
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      I just swapped out my 08' puddle lights for LEDs. Thanks for everyone who had input. I used a blade as recommended and was able to press back the retaining clip without issues. Each side took me less than 5mins. Now my puddle lights are bright with more of a "modern" look at nighttime. 194 bulbs worked perfect.
       
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      Thank you!
       
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      I had a dead driver side puddle light. Tried to pull the lens and snapped it. Oh well. Guess I will glue it back together. But it turns out that the bulb is not burnt out. I must have a broken wire.
       

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