2001 Ford Ranger

Tiny
FRANK SEWALD
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  • 2001 FORD RANGER
Electrical problem
2001 Ford Ranger Four Wheel Drive Automatic 115000 miles

after working on radio. No wipers. Noelectric windows. Dome light comes on when I stop. When turning on light switch, starter would engage. Radio is not installed at this time. Thank you!
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Thursday, October 28th, 2010 AT 5:00 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Hi frank sewald. Welcome to the forum. Have you checked the fuses under the hood and inside? The wire for the radio's memory circuit is tied into something that is always on such as the horn or dome lights, and the radio's main switched power is often tied in with other things that are switched off which includes power windows.

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Thursday, October 28th, 2010 AT 5:17 PM
Tiny
FRANK SEWALD
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I have trible checked all fuses and relays.
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Thursday, October 28th, 2010 AT 5:53 PM
Tiny
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Hmmm. What do you mean by "dome light comes on when I stop."? Do you mean they are working properly when you get out of the truck or they turn on when you press the brake pedal?

The only thing the radio, windows, and wipers have in common is one of the contacts in the ignition switch, but it would be quite the coincidence for that to act up at just the same time you're working on the radio.

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Thursday, October 28th, 2010 AT 6:13 PM
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FRANK SEWALD
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Dome light comes on when opening door. Also comes on when starting truck. As vehicle speed increases the dome light goes out. When I stop at light, the dome comes on. As I move again it goes out.
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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 12:48 PM
Tiny
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Believe it or not, I had exactly the same problem with the dome lights doing that on an '89 Chrysler Fifth Ave. But after nine attempts to solve it, the problem turned out to be a one-of-a-kind defect that should have caused the fuse to blow except someone else had been in there earlier and modified the circuit. (Turned out to be a bare wire going to the passenger's visor mirror light. The visor would move forward 1/4" when braking and short that wire to ground, and move back when accelerating. Someone had found the circuit with the problem but instead of continuing to the defect, they cut and switched the feed and ground wires, so the shorted wire was now acting as a door switch in the ground circuit instead of a short in the feed circuit).

In your case, I would be looking at the door switches first. On some Ford models they are built into the door latches. If we assume that problem and the window problem are related, suspect the wires between the door hinges. Pull the rubber boot back and look for broken or frayed wires. Each front window switch will have its own feed wire, but both window motors go to ground through a common wire on the driver's door.

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Friday, October 29th, 2010 AT 7:41 PM

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