Installed new stereo, no running lights, gauge cluster
Alright so first, hi everyone. This is my first post here and I need some help. I have a 2000 Ford Ranger 4.0 Super Cab
I installed a new stereo myself and did all the wiring myself by looking up diagrams and splicing all the necessary wires to my deck. After the install I had no running lights and the lighting for my gauge cluster were out. I first thought it was the fuse, so I look in my manual to see which fuse it was. There are 3 different fuses that sound like they could be the one. #11 says Instrument Cluster, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), RABS Resistor. #26 says Battery Saver Relay, Electronic Shift Relay, Interior Lamp Relay, Power Window Relay, Electronic Shift Control Module, Dome/Map Lamp, GEM, Instrument Cluster. #33 says Headlamps, Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Module, Instrument Cluster
So first of all, this is confusing to me because three of the fuses share the same instruments on that circuit. Anyways, I replaced all of these fuses and no luck. I did a continuity test on all of the fuses (ignition off, battery still connected) and fuse #11 has no continuity across the back of the fuse, all others do. That's mystery #1.
Also, when I plug fuse #11 in (ignition off, battery connected) I hear a clicking every time it's making a connection, like a relays' plunger is activating and it sounds like it's coming from the little black box inside the stereo/center console cavity on the right hand side (pictures below). So I thought maybe this relay is activating and causing the normally open state to reverse (because of a grounding problem somewhere??) to normally closed, therefore not allowing current through.
So then I looked through all of the wiring I did on the stereo and looked through the MANY different diagrams on Ford Ranger stereo diagrams (it seems like the 2000 model diagram will be different in every source I found) and I tried to ring out (continuity) all of the suspected grounds (pictured below in my hand, these three wires rang out to ground, wierd?) and make sure they weren't crossed up with something they shouldn't be. I then hooked the stereo back up and this time tied ALL grounds together.
It was also recommended that I replace the Stop Light Switch on the brake pedal, so I did, and nothing happened. I removed the tail lights and checked voltage, nothing.
Maybe I'm just digging too deep into this, could there possibly be a simpler explanation? I have a fix it ticket for this that is already past due and I don't have the money to take it to a shop right now. I really appreciate any help you guys could offer!