Indicator lights dead / alternator not charging battery.
On my 2005 2wd 2.3 Ranger
The gauges and most indicator lights in my cluster died a week or so ago, their death was intermittent and I noticed that when the gauges were dead my my alternator stopped charging the battery. I replaced the battery and alternator, just because it was easy to do and both were under warranty. I threw in a better ground for good measure. And of course checked the fuses and replaced any that had to do with the cluster or charging system. I also swapped out a different instrument cluster for good measure to see if it was the cluster. The cluster back-lights work, as does the airbag indicator and the high beams indicator. None of the other lights work, however. Same issue on the new cluster as well (even with a fully charged battery).
I have wiring diagrams from the Haynes Manual and have checked continuity on the wires to the cluster. The diagram indicates there should be a 7.5 amp fuse in the circuit that includes the cluster indicator, but there are no 7.5 amp fuses in wither fuse box associated with the cluster. Is there a third fuse box / should I be looking for an inline fuse? Any other ideas or leads that might help me track down my issue?
Any ideas or help is appreciated.