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Ford Ranger Lighting and Electrical Problems

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  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    PUlling off the door panels will enable you to actually 'get to' the switch.

    I would think it (the switch) would not be adjustable. I've never worked with the 'small doors', but I would think there would be some adjustments or something to tighten up that would help with this problem.

    The switches themselves cause a lot of problems, this is reported on forums all the time. So, lubing or replacement of the switches might be enough to solve your problem. But if the doors are worn, it might still happen. Don't the doors lock into some kind of catch or catches at the top and/or bottom of the doors. The latch here might have some adjustment on it, to keep the doors tighter.

    If the doors hinges are worn, large or small, you might have to replace these. I replaced a hinge on my 1994, the lower one, because it squeaked/popped and would not hold the door in the open position. It wasn't too tough, but the top hinge looked like you would have to take the instrument panel out to get to the bolts.....
  • 2000 ranger electric door locks only work when they want to
    Same problem from drivers switch on door or push button on remote alarm.
    The passenger door is the one haveing problems.
    Key on drivers door is almost impossible and passenger key works but you some times have to try several times. Both keys are original got truck from my son.
    150,000 on truck, we put a low milage engine in truck.
    Engine had less than 30,000.
    3 litre flex fuel engine, are these engines any good.
    I know I will not use the flex fuel because of higer cost and lower milage.
    Tryed lock ease in passenger door lock, no change.
    Could some thing be bent or could I have a Bad ground on electric locks.
    Bad ground could explain electric locks but not the trouble wit key and manual
    opening of locks.Could keys be worn from use in ignition (no problem there).
    I guess I could take vechice up to dealer and have key made from Vechicle number
    on dash, which would be original key with no wear.
    SICK LEAVE, Bob
  • cfowleroncfowleron Posts: 14
    Hey all;

    When the truck is turned off and the driver's door is open, if I press the brake pedal the alarm sounds (the same alarm the sounds when you leave your keys in the ignition or your lights on...) Just tonight I found that when I engaged my right turn signal and pressed the brake the right turn signal would stop flashing. When I got home I noticed that the Left turn signal / parking light was out. I removed the bulb and reseated it and it works now. However, my left turn signal stopped flashing when the brake pedal was pressed (the issue moved). The hazzard lights also appeared to have ceased to work. I came back about 20 mins later and everything is now working the way it is supposed to, except for the brake / alarm issue, which started recently. Could this be a simple grounding issue (IE replace all the parking bulbs)?

    Thanks!
  • dazedmcdazedmc Posts: 1
    New guy here,
    I have a 1997 Ford Ranger XLT with 4.0 V6, 2 wheel drive. My probem is that everytime I hit the brake pedal, my right turn signal lights up. This includes both front and rear lights as well as the dashboard light. When I turn the signal on and hit the brake, the signal will not flash, take the foot off the brake, the signal works fine. Any ideas? Thanks
  • cfowleroncfowleron Posts: 14
    LOL, are you kidding me? That's pretty much identical to what I posted. Am I missing a joke somewhere here? - no offense intended... just seemed ironic when I got the notification.

    In fact, I meant to post this over the weekend but didn't get the chance... Check the mini fuse (perhaps in the driver's dash / door area - not sure on a '97). After booking an appointment with my mechanic who said it sounded like it was brake related, I decided to check the fuses. I thought it would be one of the larger relay types but as it turns out it was a 25 amp mini - #17 to be precise (the cigarette lighter / Data Control Link fuse).

    So, my advice would be to check all of the fuses and see if one of them was blown.

    Good luck!
  • shirob49shirob49 Posts: 1
    Own a 1999 Ford Ranger. Front Parking Lights come on with head lights. Back parking lights do not. Same when parking lights are turned on. The turn signals do not work at all. Checked the bulbs,OK. Changed out the flasher, no luck. Can not read voltage at the rear parking light socket. All other lights work OK. Any Ideas?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    First thing I would check would be tosee if someone has cut into the rear wires for a trailer tow wiring.
  • casprigcasprig Posts: 1
    I have no passenger rear blinker, tail or brake lights. When blinker is turned on it blinks rapidly indicating the bulb is out. Nope, changed front and rear along with every applicable fuse and some. At first, I had tail light but would not intensify to illuminate brake. Now they're all gone. Very odd, but when I start to roll down my driver power window...I hear that distinct blinker sound just for a second. Half the dash lights are out also. How can my Br. in-laws '82 Ranger have zero problems but I've had electrical problems with a '98, '00 and now '02? Come on Ford....Toyota is smoking you.
  • huffcohuffco Posts: 1
    90 Ranger PU, daughters...poor
    Alt not charging, dies when batt disconnected, nothing from volt meter.

    2 plug connectors
    Large, 3 wires, 2 big and 1 small
    Small, 2 wires, both small

    No wire on large connector every reads anything on digital meter. Shouldn't 1 of the two large wires read batt voltage when unplugged and key off or on?

    1 wire on small connector reads batt voltage when unplugged, and key switched on.

    Isn't small connector field exciter and regulator?

    Isn't large connector battery charge output?

    2 new Autozone (yea I know) alternators, 1 new batt.

    Still, alt good or bad cannot work if one of large wires lost connection to batt?

    All fuses have been checked. All wiring checked visually. This vehicle does not have stack of wires off the solenoid, but has one large wire into harness that diappears into adjacent fuse block.

    Do Rangers have an issue with failure of batt wire to alternator?

    I am stuck like Chuck on this one and need to get this poor rag back to daughter to get her to work.

    Thanks...-Eddie-
  • My overdrive light flashes and the oil guage needle bounces and now my battery will not stay charged.Is there a short or could it just be the battery i need to change?It's a 2003 ford ranger xlt.Any help would be greatly appriciated
  • We are having this same problem. Will removing the fuse cause it to drain the battery or no? Clearly we'll have to reconnect the fuse, so other things in the truck work.

    Where do you need to take the panel off? We're new to this -
  • ctpapictpapi Posts: 1
    What was the solution for your Ford Ranger 93 headlight issue? I am having the same problem with the pull knob.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Taking a door panel off isn't the easiest thing in the world. Look for screws thru the panel. Maybe inside the door pull area. Then, you have to pry out the push-pins which are all around the bottom and sides of the panel. Then lift up. Then remove all wires connected to the door.
  • kwekwe Posts: 3
    I had this same problem with my 90 Ranger with the 4 doors. Every time I hit a bump the door moved slightly and the dome light and buzzer went off. Easy fix. Remove the door panel on the front doors and unplug the wire at the door latches.
    The dome light still works when you open the back doors and they no longer pop on. Removing the door panel is easy. Just follow the instructions in any of the Chilton books.
  • I am having the same issue. Any success in resolving your problem?
  • HELPP!!!

    All at once, here's what failed, without any apparent reason (I didn't do anything out of the ordinary):

    Interior lights out.
    Speedometer/odometer are dead.
    Wipers dead.
    Air bag light is ON.
    "Theft" light no longer blinks.
    Automatic Window Down doesn't work anymore, but the window still goes up and down if I hold the button.
    Seat Belt Alarm is OFF.
    And the radio doesn't pick up any radio stations.

    I've checked fuses, battery connections. What gremlin has gotten into my car?!?!?!
  • KCRam@EdmundsKCRam@Edmunds Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,495
    While you don't mention what year your Ranger is, those issues all happening at once sound a lot like a failed computer... particularly what is referred to sometimes as the body control module that handles various operating functions.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host

    KCRam - Pickups/Wagons/Vans+Minivans Moderator

  • crswacrswa Posts: 1
    I bought a new alternator for my 99 Ranger and the pulley sizes are a little different between the new one and the old one. The only way to loosen the nut that holds the pulley on is with an impact wrench, which I don't have. I realize that if I use the new alternator with the smaller pulley, it'll create less amperage, but is that likely to be a problem in normal driving? My only other choices are to leave the truck out of commission until Monday when I can find an open automotive shop to swap out the pulleys or to just take the truck in and let them do the whole job.
  • Actually, since the alternator pulley is "driven" rather than being the "driver" it will spin more revolutions rather than less for a given engine RPM. It will be able to generate maximum amperage at lower engine RPMs than one with a larger pulley.

    If you have means to stabilize the pulley (ie vice, strap wrench, big pipe wrench, etc) you can put a wrench on the pulley nut and give it a good whack with a hammer in the direction you want it to move. That will usually do the trick.

    Good luck
  • I have a 2003 ford ranger xlt with the 4.0liter v6 the problem is that ill be driving along and the engine just dies out, some times it will kick back in and keep going or other times i will have to pull over and have to start the truck again this is quite a scary expirience when you are doing 75 on the free way if any one can help or knows what is going on get back to me asap thank you so much...
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