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Old 08-04-2016
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Icon5 1998 XLT 4 Cyl 5 speed.

Hey folks. I've got a 98 xlt 4cyl 4 sp ranger, and it's blowing the wiper fuse. I replace it with the 30 amp fuse shown in the owners manual, and as soon as I switch on the wipers, it pops again. I haven't found any loose connections or bare spots that would ground it out. Any theories or suggestions? I'm kinda stuck in this one.
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here is the wiper circuit for a 1998 Ranger

Same fuse also powers the washer pump
I would pull out the 3 relays, then see if fuse blows, and go from there.

It is most likely a short to ground, inside wiper or pump motor, so an OHM meter would be good to use because 30amp fuses are not cheap
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Old 08-16-2016
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Thanks for the tips, I've rearranged the relays, and it's stopped popping the fuses, now it works, but only on hi/lo, the intermittent only moves it a few inches, and the wipers won't return to park position. I've felt the relays click as they're activated, so I'm reasonably certain they're ok. Couldn't find a short anywhere else.
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