A broken dome light took out my 4x4 - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Drivetrain Tech General discussion of drivetrain for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-20-2009
HarryTasker's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1,491
A broken dome light took out my 4x4

So for just shy of 3 years now the 4x4 on my '96 ranger hasn't worked. Itried fixing the issue myself by working on the transfer case shift motor to no avail. I finally took my truck into a reputable transmission shop in my area. I dropped it off almost 2 weeks ago almost to the hour. They finally called me to tell me the problem is fixed.

Now here was the unexpected cause.

The dome light in my truck has been broken since I bought it. That broken dome light caused a short in it's wires that go behind the dash and that intern damaged the wires for the shift motor and friend the motor. So they are replacing dome light and shift motor and repairing the wiring. The total labor time when done should be about 15 hours. The cost to me is just under $720.

I think the cost is more than fair, the shift motors alone cost a couple hundred. So if anyone in the portland area needs drivetrain work done I highly suggest reliable transmission.

Just thought I would share.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-20-2009
Rolldogg's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 3,424
That's sounds crazy, but I'm not surprised. Electrical shorts have been know to cause havoc.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-28-2009
morris's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: South Detroit.
Posts: 7,833
i had a short on the fuelrail on my golf. almost set my whole car ablaze. mech. couldn't find why it was bucking. found the problem with the burnt wires. anyways cost me 550 for him to rebuild some of my wiring harness. i think it worked out to 5 labour hours and he didn't charge me for the little parts he used. if the price seems justified, then it does. labour is anywhere from $75 -$90. so, 7x $85 = $595 plus taxes and parts. sounds fair to me.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-29-2009
Toreador4x4's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Livonia, MI
Posts: 3,958
i put too long of a screw in my domelight, shorted on the roof and blew the gem module fuse which wiped out the 4x4, replaced bolt and fuse and fixed
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-29-2009
nate_g_2003's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Deer Park, TX
Posts: 976
that's why I hate electrical stuff. Tried to install my rockford-fosgate headunit, made a small wiring error in the harness adapter, and ended up with no parking, fog, or tail lights. Cost me $18 for a new headlight switch (didn't solve the problem), then $150 for the dealer to find the open circuit.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-29-2009
Ranger_Envy's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (5)
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Newton, Ks
Posts: 845
Having a dome light would be nice, but for that price I'd just switch to a manual transfer case.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-29-2009
HarryTasker's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 1,491
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ranger_Envy View Post
Having a dome light would be nice, but for that price I'd just switch to a manual transfer case.
That was plan A for the past 2 years it has been broken. It is easier said than done.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-29-2009
LuckyRanger13's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Santa Fe, TN
Posts: 554
I feel your pain on the 4x4 not working. Funny thing is I think I had a similar occurence.

My dome light was busted as in just hanging there by one corner, the light switch doesn't work, in my 4x4 and one day my 4x4 would not work. I tried all the things and it just flashed both lights at me 3 times and went off. No 4x4.

My truck I already know has an electrical gremlin. The door ajar light will come on and stay on for no apparent reason and in turn cause my dome light to stay on. I guess it eventually had enough and my 4x4 probably stopped working because of a similar problem. But unlike yours my mechanic returned it and it has worked ever since. I don't even know what the problem was.

I have since replaced my dome light with a mustang dome and no longer have a catankerous pain in my rear.

I just found it interesting that you've had electrical problems and it reminded me of my possessed truck.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Broken Temperature Gauge = Broken Engine? TomJones General Technical & Electrical 7 12-19-2014 05:25 PM
Gray/black OHC, Taurus Dome Light, Stock 3 bulb dome light- GA MugenCRX04 Interior, Exterior, Electrical, & Misc. 10 08-03-2009 08:11 PM
Explorer/Mustang Dome light vs. Stock 3 bulb Dome slowrey Interior Semi-Tech 15 05-23-2009 09:05 PM
need help figurin out dome light problem skyway0018746 General Technical & Electrical 11 05-06-2008 08:01 AM
Eternal Dome Light, How do I make it go out? surrealistic General Technical & Electrical 3 04-04-2007 06:43 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:23 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.