Electrical problem

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BRIAN CRUMP
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  • FORD RANGER
I have a 1999 Ford Ranger XLT with about 96000miles and a 3.0. About a month ago my battery went dead and I had to jump it. In rushing I accidentally crossed the jumper cables and shorted the battery. When I relized the problem, which was very quickly, I corrected it and started the truck. Everything was fine for a few days then my check engine light came on and when I ran the codes they were all circuit shorts or malfunctions. I cleared the codes and it was fine. Yesterday I started the truck and it didn't sound right, kind of rough, and the transmission wasn't shifting properly, almost like it was stuck between gears at take off. This morning started the truck and drove it and it was fine. Then this afternoon when I started the truck, I got the rough idle and a check engine light, as well as the transmission problem. When I read the codes I got the same as before plus some. Here they are 0743, 1747, 0176, 0750, 0755, 0760, 1451, 0135, 0155, 1409. Could there be an electrical malfunction or something else? Help! Brian Crump
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Saturday, February 24th, 2007 AT 4:52 PM

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Tiny
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Have you lost power to anything inside the vehicle? That is alot of codes and some are dummy codes, I would start by checking the wiring from the battery as far as you can, make sure the ground is good, check everything you can and let us know if you find anything
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Saturday, February 24th, 2007 AT 5:26 PM
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Try disconnecting the battery for 10 minutes then re connecting it. The computer will show codes until you have driven between 50 miles up to 100 before it re sets completly. It is because of emmissions, they govt had know about people disconnecting the battery to reset the engine light before someone would go for inspection or emmisions control and the car would pass.
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Saturday, February 24th, 2007 AT 5:54 PM
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Check all the fuses.
There are 2 fuse boxes. On inside the car and one under the hood.

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Sunday, February 25th, 2007 AT 10:24 AM
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BRIAN CRUMP
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Thank you I tried everything and so far so good. I did notice though, the indicator light on the battery was red, which means it needs to be replaced, right. And if so would that also cause the codes? Or maybe a bad ground, my dome light seems to have a mind of it's own and comes on and off when it feels like it.
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Sunday, February 25th, 2007 AT 8:29 PM
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Do you mean the eye on the battery itself, if so have it checked before you replace it, autozone will do it for free

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Sunday, February 25th, 2007 AT 8:38 PM

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