Fuses blowing instantly...PLEASE help...
I have a 2000 Ford Ranger that I am attempting to repair for a friends teenage son. The main symptom is that Fuse #2 and #26 blow as soon as or shortly after the vehicle is started and the airbag light on the dash lights up and remains steady. Also, both headlights blew within 10 seconds of turning them on. I checked the voltage in the headlight socket and it reads 15.4v. This is the same reading I get at the battery with the truck running. Is this too high? I know my way around a vehicle fairly well mechanically, but unfortunatley, my electrical knowledge in minimal. I have a meter and can check the voltage on a connection, but that is about where my electriacl skills end. The battery is going bad and the truck has had to be jumped several times while troubleshooting. Could a bad battery cause these problems? Any help would be greatly appreciated. He doesnt have alot of extra cash for costly repairs, and I'm trying to help out however I can. I've spent countless hours reading Ranger message forums, but cant seem to locate a solution. I'm very thankful that forums such as this one exist, and hopefully someone can lead me in the right direction.