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#1487 of 2986 Airbag fuse keeps burning out
Jul 28, 2005 (12:56 pm)
My 16 year old son just got a 1995 2.3L Ford Ranger std trans given to him as his first car. Only 38k miles but it has sat idle for over 2 years. After a new battery, new plugs and wires, a new solenoid relay, and a new clutch it is working pretty good. However the airbag light and engine light is on. The 10 amp fuse for the airbag in the power distribution box was blown out. When it was replaced it blew out instantly. Its done that twice and I don;t want to ruin any more fuses. It won't pass inspection with the check engine light on. Any ideas on what is causing the airbag fuse to blow? Maybe the same reason the check engine light is on? Thanks for any help.
#1488 of 2986 Re: 97 Ranger - both headlights stopped working [silverranger]
Jul 28, 2005 (5:09 pm)
I had this exact same problem with my 96 4.0 Ranger 4x4. It's hard to describe how I fixed it without a diagram, but I'll try.
The problem is one of the terminals in the headlight dimmer switch (the one controlled by the turn signal arm) gets hot, melting the plastic around it enough so the spring-loaded contact sticks. So, you have to unstick that contact.
First remove the turn-signal/headlight dimmer assembly by removing the covers above and below the steering wheel (three phillips screws under the steering wheel). The switch comes out via 2 or 3 star bit screws that thread in from the back (front of vehicle, if I remember right). Take apart the switch, I think it just snaps apart (careful, lots of little parts to keep track of inside, you might want to take a few pictures before you take itr all apart.). Clean all the contacts as best you can, and put a few dabs of dielevtric grease in there when you're done. Look for a white plastic peice that slides up and down in a slot of sorts against another part with with diagonally oriented copper contacts. This is the dimmer switch .... there should be 2 spring loaded contacts on the moving plate, one or both will likely have blackened plastic around it, and wont move freely when you press on it. Pop the contact out and use a small drill bit to ream out the hole so the contact can move freely again. Put everything back together (easier said than done, especially with large fumble fingers). Reinstall, plug in, cross your fingers, and try it!
#1489 of 2986 Re: 2001 Ford Ranger 4.0L V6 NO POWER!!! [ut1seabee]
Jul 29, 2005 (8:03 am)
I have a 99 Ranger and usd to have the same problem at times. The front brake calipers are prone to rusting causing the brakes to not release. I remember times driving in 5th on flat grades, with the gas to the floor, and not being azble to do 55 mph. (My wife got stuck once in mud while in 4 wheel drive due to the same reason.) Ford has known about this brake problem, but won't do a recall because it affects virtually every one of their trucks, but have come up with a solution that Ford dealers service centers know about. I had mine done and have no more problems.
#1491 of 2986 engine light in 2000 ford ranger
Jul 29, 2005 (3:10 pm)
The engine light stays on continually.
Replaced oxygen sensors - light went off(I disconnected the battery).
Drove for about two hours with no light then put in park, put the air on and now the engine light is back on.
Checked vacuum hoses for damage. New air filter,spark plugs and wires.
Jul 30, 2005 (1:52 pm)
I have a '88 4 wheel drive and need help unhooking the linkage to the transmission. All help would be appreciated. thank you, Tom
#1494 of 2986 Re: engine light in 2000 ford ranger [gbhosley]
Jul 30, 2005 (5:37 pm)
Have the code/s pulled that are causing the check engine light to be turned on.
Stop throwing parts at an unknown problem.
#1495 of 2986 more sugestions for #1482
Jul 31, 2005 (6:28 am)
Can anyone else help for #1482? Please
#1496 of 2986 Finding the transmission type on my 99 Ranger
Jul 31, 2005 (7:22 am)
I am trying to find out what kind of transmission I have and the sticker on the door panel is not helping me. According to the Autozone website there are 3 types of trans. My truck is a 99 Ford Ranger stepside and the only letters I see on the sticker are TPR T A3 and these do not fit the Autozone numbers. Cn Anyone tell me if I am looking at the right numbers.