Electric Intermittently Cutting Off While Driving
I searched the forums briefly to see if someone else had a similar problem and had a few hits, but decided to post anyway.
Today after work, I went to start my manual 1997 Ranger XLT 2.3L 4x2 (200,600 miles). It turned over like normal, but as soon as I left off the ignition, it died and all of the electric went out. After a few seconds, it came back on and I was able to start it like normal. When it did come back on, I noticed my radio had reset as if I had disconnected the battery.
On the way home, I watched the gauge. It usually sits about midway, over the battery picture. If I gave it a little more gas, it would slowly rise to about the top 3/4 of the gauge and drop back to normal at idle. At idle, it would bump up and down a few millimeters.
When I was almost home, it died on the road, but as before, the electric came back up after a few seconds. Then it happened again as I was parking. I checked the voltage at the battery with my Fluke 87 when the truck was off and got 12.6V and 14.5V when it was running. I checked all the fuses and they are all good.
Does anyone have any idea what could be going on or have any thing I should check to narrow down the problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is my daily driver.