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Ford Ranger Lighting and Electrical Problems



  • jac55jac55 Posts: 1
    I have a 1999 Ranger Pick Up, when I start the truck the Air Bag light in the dash will blink 2x then 7x, this will occur 4 or 5x then stay on constant. Any Idea's out there?
  • dont know where to begin, i recently bought used ford ranger from private seller. after driving around i notice electrical issues, when heater is turned on engine surges,when blinkers are on work fine until brake is applied then they flash rapidly, tried hooking up computer diagnostic shows error like its not connected,any ideas or should i just take it in to repair shop? thanks
  • My trucks hesitates when it starts then the radio comes on like the battery was disconnected with no presets. Everything else works fine, the charing gauge shows fine, the lights are not dim. Any ideas?

    Thank you
  • I have a similar problem with my 1999 range; however, it is limited to the lighting circuit. When I step on the brakes, the left turn signal is illuminated. When the left turn signal is on, it functions correctly (blinks normally) until I step on the brake. Then the left turn signal illuminates same as the brake lights and no longer blinks.

    The truck has not been used in two weeks and I just checked the blinkers to confirm my description was correct. To my surprise, EVERYTHING IS WORKING FINE. This is frustrating. I should mention that I replaced the multifuntion switch on the steering column, however, this did not solve the problem initially.

    I know your post is a couple of months old, however, were you able to fix the problem?
  • I have a 1990 Ranger. I have been getting an electrical-burning type smell which seeps into the cabin even if I don't have the fan/blower on for the ventilation system. I have done a thorough search under the hood, looking for plastic in contact with something hot, melting, etc, nothing. I do get a pretty good whiff of the smell when I initially pop the hood but then it dissipates rather quickly even though the engine is still running. All fluid levels are correct. The odor was present on my most recent trip of only 1 mile. Thinking back, this odor may have started just about the time I replace the temperature sensor (runs the temp gauge in the cabin), but that is just a guess/maybe a coincidence? Could the odor be coming from the alternator--something about to give out internally? ANY suggestion are welcomed. THANKS.
  • I have the same problem with my 2001 ranger. if you have a solution please pass it on to me. I'm going nuts trying to figure it out, I've hooked it up to a code reader but there's no fault code.
  • I got one for you guys. My lights were working fine up to about 2 weeks ago then something funny happened. When I apply my brakes, either in park or while driving, the passenger side front and rear directional lights come on. Also, when I have the right directional on, the drivers side brake light flashes. Weird, huh?! So when I make a right turn, I apply the brakes and it cancels the flashing of the directionals and holds them steady.

    It sounds like the wires are possibly exposed and touching somewhere. I'm not sure where to start troubleshooting this. Instead of taking it to a shop where they'll charge $100/hr, I turn to you guys for advice. Thanks much!
  • sealanubissealanubis Posts: 1
    edited March 2011
    So I've read through a few pages on this forum, and I haven't noticed any responses to the electrical problem on the Ford Rangers.

    I have an 07 Ford Ranger, my battery light started coming on, which then turned into losing all dash lights around 2k rpms. I took it to Autozone the battery and alternator test fine. The truck went about a week to a week and a half without anything happening again.

    Driving home tonight the battery light started flickering again and when it did all the lights dash and headlights got brighter. If I turn the dome light on it sounds like the inside fuse panel on the passenger side is clicking.

    what could this be? Any suggestions would be great.

  • jpiaseckjpiaseck Posts: 5
    My 99 Ranger had the same problem as the previous comment. Turn on the right turn signal and step on the brake and the blinker stops with the turn signal on but faded.
    An on-line mechanic told me the problem was in the multi function switch. I replaced it but there was no improvement. Next I replaced the brake switch. From the wiring diagram, it appeared to be a potential source of the short. No effect. Finallly I changed the turn signal flasher relay. It still did not solve the problem, however, a week later the problem disappeared and the electronics have been working without issue since. This is hard to explain what actually fixed the problem.
  • sealanubis,

    This is Seni with Ford Customer Service. I am sorry your Ranger is not performing to your expectation. We recommend that your truck be inspected by a Ford dealership to determine the cause of any symptoms it may be experiencing. If there is no coverage under applicable warranties, recalls, or ESPs, repairs and services would be your responsibility. As you mentioned, the problem may be intermittent, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. Your next step is to make an appointment with your servicing dealership to have your vehicle diagnosed. Please contact the Customer Relations Center at 800-392-3673, if further assistance is needed. Thank you.

    Ford Customer Service Division
  • gardenflogardenflo Posts: 2
    I own a 1998 splash ford ranger. and my dashboard lights and tailights are now out and the fuses are good. where to go next.
  • gardenflogardenflo Posts: 2
    i didnt look at the fuses under the hood. I found a blown fuse the next day thanks. for the input.
  • jarredgjarredg Posts: 1
    I just got a 1994 ford Ranger and the drivers side power locks and windows are not working, the power mirror adjuster works but not the locks or windows. I am at a complete loss as where to start.
  • bigrandybigrandy Posts: 1
    1995 Ranger, the brake lights functions properly until the head lights are turned on and then the right rear brake light is dead.
  • itforfunitforfun Posts: 1
    When the problem shows up (it is intermittent) my passenger side headlight goes dim, the dashboard turn signal indicator dimly lights and the cruise control does not work. If I turn off the head lights and just have the driving lights on, the cruise control works unless I use the right turn signal in which case the cruise control disengages, but when the turn signal is turned off the cruise control works and the memory of the last speed works. Any ideas?
  • todd75todd75 Posts: 1
    i am having the same problem suddenly with my 1994 ford ranger

    the locks work and the side mirrow work as well does the passenger side window but driver side stop working

    did you get any info
  • My problem was limited to the brake light and turn signal on the passanger side. I ended up replacing the multifunction switch on the steering column and turn signal relay. It did not solve the problem immediately; however, in a short period of time, (24 hours) everything started working and it continues to work to this day. I suspect a poor ground somewhere in the system. I speculate that all the movement under the instrument panel and in the column finally moved something to make a good ground. Very frustrating but now everything is working.

    Did I tell you about the $700 I had to spend on the A/C or the recent problem where the brake line behind the gas tank rusted through. The worst part was the rear brakes were so rusted, that I could not loosed the bleeder valves. I had to replace both brake pistons. Fun owning an old truck!
  • so got a question i have a 1994 ford ranger 2wd 2.3 litre and it is turning over but not starting... Would that be eletric ignition or my coil packs?
    I just replaced the timing belt, water pump, and all the top end gaskets. The timing marks are spot on so it is not my timing. It is not getting any spark... I need help cause i am stumped it seems like this thing has ghosts in it hahaha!
  • check the crank sensor on crank shaft,its alot cheaper than them coil packs
  • My ranger won't start on occasion, narrowed battery, fuel pump and starter out, have a feeling electrical issues, had to disconnect remote start, worked good for a bit, anti theft light still flashing, LOL it allways seems to happen on weekends, would not start for 2 days, now went out and it fired right up. The engine is trying to kick in but just does not catch, really need help please!
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    edited October 2011
    It might help (not to me, but for others) if you told what year and motor.

    My wild guess - fuel pump relay and/or corrision where relay plugs in.
    Next WAG, weak fuel pump. Can you hear pump running? Running pump mean relay is ok.
    Maybe a plugged up fuel filter.

    Reread your note. I think remote starts and add-on security systems are just a problem waiting to happen. Think about it, this is cut into factory wiring. If the added wiring fails, or the little black box associated with this ad-on fail, it's going to cause grief.
  • 1999 Ford ranger 4x4, four lt engine.
    pump running,checked relay,recent tune up.
    remote start disconnected, but theft light still flashes and think it is factory.
  • w650w650 Posts: 1
    I'd also like to disable the ignition key alarm, or maybe disable entire alarm. (That I want to eliminate the alarm does not mean that I don't use the seat belts!)
  • From the conditions you are describing, I would be very suspicious about the transponder in your key or the device in the ignitiion switch that reads the code in the transponder key. I don't really know how the anti theft system works, however, I suspect the circuit disables the ignition coils but allows the starter to turn over. I believe this because the starter is a high current device and it is easier to disable the coils.
    I would start diagnoising this problem by talking to the service department at the local ford dealer to see if a failed transponder key will allow the engine to turn over and not start. I might also ask if they have ever heard of an intermitant anti theft (transponder) circuit.

    There are ways to bypass the transponder anti-theft circuit in the ranger. You can buy kits if you are electrically inclined. An alternative would be to have a lock smith install a bypass key. My ranger is getting old. If I start to have trouble with the transponder key, I will bypass. Who would want to steal an old truck anyway! Good luck.
  • Hello,

    I started having a problem where i would insert the key and hear spme subtle shocking sounds, while all the lights on the dash flicker intermittently. you attempt to turn the key and absolutely nothing happens. Not so much as an attempt to start.
    I have a brand new battery. I disconnected the power to the battery and put it back after a few seconds, and it worked fine. Then a few weeks later the same thing happened. Disconnecting the battery fixed the problem again.
    Last night, while driving all electronics in the car flickered twice, (headlights, dash lights, radio, everything.)
    Then all of a sudden the truck just dies. All power went out and the engine quit. It was like a complete blackout. The emergency flashers would not come on, head and tail lights were out. It was completely dead. Luckily i coasted to a stop sign, jumped out pulled off the power cable at the battery, put it back and then got in the truck, and it started right up.
    When it came on i noticed the temperature gage showed the truck overheating. I was able to make it another block to my house, where i noticed the water reservoir was empty.
    I do not know if these problems are related, as i had the radatior replaced a recently, after a rock took out my old one. So that could just be an issue related to the replacement.
    The electrical problems scare me. Anyone know where to start to diagnose the issue?
  • im having the same issue but my dome light wont come on, and my 4x4 doesnt engage, i was told it was fuses, or the relay, but not to sure
  • I have a 1998 ranger and the brake lights dont work. I have tail lights, reverse light and turn signals but no brake lights. Also the light on the cab doesnt work either. I have tried replacing the fuses that could be the problem. That solves the problem for about a day and then the brake lights dont work anymore. The other day i replaced the brake light switch and that worked for a few days but then the brake lights stopped working. Bulbs are ok and all fuses are good. Only problem with the fuses is that they spark a little when plugged in, normal or not? Would it be a bad ground or maybe a split in the harness that leads to the stop switch? I really need help! Its for a girl in college and she drives about 100 miles each way each weekend! Just want her safe!
  • simple fix, I have the same truck cost me a 800 trying to figure it out till i met another 94 ranger owner with a 4 cylinder, ANSWER...... sounds dumb but fill her with supreme guarentee she will start. i tried everything mine would turn over but not start put supreme gas in and what do you know starts every time
  • ledr1ledr1 Posts: 1
    i have a 4/4 5 speed 93 ranger 3L all gears dropped out going down the road fourth works any one have an idea what could be wrong. or just replace and be don with it. and does anyone have one for sale near wichita ks. :sick:
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