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#1992 of 2995 Re: problems with lights [redsoxfan5]
Feb 18, 2006 (2:57 pm)
I have a 1995 Ford Ranger XLT 2300 motor. I bought this new in 1995. 266,000 miles on it & still going strong. replaced starter & had head rebuilt. Not bad. However my door chime & dome light stuck on. Driving me crazy. I can pull fuse but the fuse runs the wipers & speedometer. I here it's the switch in the door??
Please help. Going to get to that switch this evening & clean it.
#1993 of 2995 Re: wiper problem [rangermang]
Feb 18, 2006 (8:17 pm)
The phantom wipers is a known problem with Rangers. I think it's due to a bad wiper switch, but do a search of past posts with keyword "wiper" or "wipers" to make sure.
#1994 of 2995 Re: problems with lights [frohrs]
Feb 18, 2006 (8:29 pm)
I here it's the switch in the door??
You hear correctly -- the switch that senses whether the door is open is in the slot visible along the side of the door when the door is open near the door handle; it mates to the fixed silver tubular latch in the door jam. Spray the switch with contact cleaner (WD-40 works in a pinch).
#1995 of 2995 Re: wiper problem [landdriver]
Feb 19, 2006 (2:37 am)
Thanks much, searched the problem, found a great, free, do it yourself solution. I'm going to just post it in case anyone else has this problem. Thanks again!
FOR THE PAHNTOM WIPER SWITCH THAT TURNS ITSELF ON BY ITSELF:
The following is based on observation of my 1999 Ranger, other years may be different. I fixed the phantom windshield wipers myself, you can too. It turns out all you need to do is clean the switch up.To clean the switch does NOT require removing the turn signal from the steering column and takes about ten minutes.1. On the turn signal lever, remove the end cap with a small screwdriver.2. Remove the phillips screw located under the end cap.3. WATCH IT! there is a spring to push back against the wiper rotating knob. Hold in the wiper switch so it won't go flying.4. WATCH IT! again. When removing the wiper rotating switch there are two detents that are pressed against the inside of the knob (with another small spring pushing against each other) to give detents to the different levels of wiper delay when you rotate the knob.5. Inside you will see the switch wiper mounted to a white plastic piece that you can just pull out. It looks kind of weird with 4 arms and an elbow wiper coming out of it.6. After you pull out the switch wiper just gently clean everything inside, a sort of circuit board looking goodie with rings for the switch wiper to rotate on.I used a rag and a small (jewelers) screwdriver to clean the board inside and very carefully made sure the gaps between the traces were clean. There is quite a bit of grease in there.I reassembled the switch using lubriplate (it was handy) and it was very easy to disassemble and to reassemble.I have had no re-occurrence of the phantom windshield wiper and I don't miss it a bit.
#1996 of 2995 Re: wiper problem [rangermang]
Feb 19, 2006 (2:49 am)
Usually the 'multi-function switch' is bad. The one that controls wipers, turn signals, washer, etc, etc. Whatever is on that stalk.
#1997 of 2995 Re: problems with lights [frohrs]
Feb 19, 2006 (2:51 am)
It's near the latch itself. Sometime spraying electrical cleaner or WD40 into the latch will get some on the light switch and free it up. Otherwise the door panel must come off.
#1998 of 2995 left blinker problem
Feb 19, 2006 (5:43 pm)
Anyone have any ideas on this problem. My 99 ranger 4x4 left blinker light stays on continuously with the lights on and when there off and I use the blinker the radio read out dims every time the blinker light goes on. Any advice appreciated
#1999 of 2995 Re: problems with lights [landdriver]
Feb 20, 2006 (5:09 pm)
Thanks for the info. I took the door panel off & unplugged the switch & cleaned the switch with some electric contact cleaner, didn't work! I assume the switch needs to be replaced so I'm going to check with my Ford parts dealer. In the mean time I just left it unplugged. I don't here the beeping in my sleep anymore!!
#2000 of 2995 Re: problems with lights [bolivar]
Feb 20, 2006 (5:11 pm)
Thanks I took the door panel off and unplugged the swithc & sprayed with electric contact cleaner, didn't work! I'm going to order a new switch from Ford. In the meantime I just left the switch unplugged. No more beeping in my sleep.
#2001 of 2995 Re: Ranger strikes again [justus3]
Feb 20, 2006 (8:59 pm)
I recently had a similar problem with my 96 Ranger with the four cyl engine. It turned out the the front coil pack was bad on the #3 lead. It wasn't getting any fire out of it. The coil pack itself is about $40 and is available at almost any parts house.
My truck also idled just fine, but my mechanic explained that with the four cyl the front coil controls the plugs on the intake side. These are the ones which do most of the work. The rear coil controls the plugs on the exhaust side which are more for emissions purposes. These plugs fire when the engine is cold, at low speeds, or under a load. The computer will at higher speeds shut down the rear coil and those "exhaust" plugs.
As best as I can figure when the truck is idling these extra plugs must be firing and keeping the miss to a minimum. However, when the engine warms up or reaches a certain rpm they quit firing and the miss immediately becomes more noticeable.