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Old 12-13-2009
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ok 2 times now ive found a issue with my ranger. tonight i was getting ready to drive home from work but the engine wouldnt turn over.
so my battery guage showed that mt battery was drained.i made sure all of the switches were off. i didnt have jumper cables nor did my boss. so i tryed to start it again and i ended up having' to put my foot to the floor, after that it started soooo...
i put a new battery in last yr, a new altanator the year before that so i have no idea what is going on. this is the 2nd time i had this issue. the 1st time my neighbor gave me a jump and it only took 2 seconds for the truck to start before that...
so is it:
altanator, battery or started?? im thinking the started because the truck is a 03 bought it new. but if it was the started it would have nothing to do with affecting my battery...??
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mine used to do that and it was simply a wire loose on one of the starter terminals. yours may be something different but idk. Putting the pedal to the floor and starting it wont do anything since its fuel injected so idk maybe ur truck is pulling jokes on you haha
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yeah it could be a loose ground somewhere draining your battery. I had this problem when I put my mustang dome light in. Then from jumping it so many times I blew my alternator and had to get it rebuilt. Be careful because this can happen to a perfectly good alternator.
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Last Ranger of mine had similar problem that ended up being a bad wiring harness/connection at the alternator - 2 new alternators didn't fix the problem. Finally figured out that you were supposed to pack the connector with dielectronic grease to get a good connection and to keep the wiring from getting too hot.
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