Weird Electrical Issues Related to Starting
95 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6
Have had some strange electrical issue going on for a while, all of them were pretty manageable up until recently. I'll give you a little background first and then get to the current issue with not being able to start the truck.
When we got the truck, the previous owners had taken out the dome light, because the sensor on one of the doors (pretty sure it's the driver's side) wouldn't always register the door as being closed, and would drain out the battery. We've lived with it, but it hasn't been a huge deal.
More recently, the electric locks on occasion wouldn't work. You'd push them and they would be just barely move a little but but never fully work.
Now in the past week we haven't been able to start it. A few of my obersvations:
I'll turn the key partway, lights all come up on the dash as they would, looking nice and bright. Battery charge gauge right smack in the middle. Turn they key to try and turn it over, and there is a click and the dash goes completely blank. If I try and start it again, the lights on the dash won't light up and when I turn it all the way to try and start it, nothing at all. No sounds, no dash lights. Weird thing is, the radio is still working at this point.
Don't know if it's related, but at one point, I had the driver's side door open, and the keys in the ignition, was having the above-mentioned problem, and then suddenly the door chime started going, the lights on the dash came back on, and I was able to start the truck.
Also, don't know if this is related - when troubleshooting yesterday, I had the blank dash/no click problem, decided to give up for the night, and went to go shut the hood. The light on the hood was flashing, it did that for about 5 seconds and then just went out.
I'm pretty baffled. Any ideas?