Ranger battery dying
My battery occasionally dies over night. Or, in the case of last night, a couple of hours...
I say it dies, but yesterday when it 'died' after a couple hours, I hooked up the jumper cables and didn't have to wait for the battery to charge at all...it fired right up within 5 seconds of me putting on the cables...
This leads me to believe its something else. It only occasionally happens...yesterday morning it was dead, then i drove it to school, fired up fine when i left, drove to work, fired up fine when i left, ate dinner, again fine when i left, then i had to run an errand 2 hours after i had been home and it was dead.
Things i think it could be:
-My ignition cylinder is somewhat loose and I can turn it maybe an 1/2 an inch (it won't turn to run or accessory without the key, but it will turn a decent amount) My theory is that it could be making contact with the accessory or run positions and draining the battery.
- The somewhat common problem of door wires getting cut by the door shutting and maybe the dome is coming on randomly(haven't checked yet...its 5 degrees here)
-The PATS or remote lock system possibly messing up and drawing too much power? Occasionally when I lock my car, the dome will stay on for up to a minute afterwards...I thought it was supposed to turn off right away.
Sorry for the long post, but I'd like to hear some experts' opinions on it before I start throwing money at it.