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Old 07-21-2013
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flood damage under steering column

I purchased a flood damaged ranger from time warner from hurricane sandy. Definetly some salt water damage. The electrical under the steering column is pretty much cooked. But I want to make sure the engine is still good before i go any further. With this, I need to get an idea what is all the components under the steering column. There is a white 1x4 box thingy that is torxed on to the column that i don't know what it is. I am not getting any response out of the key when turned. New batt, relay box under hood untouched by salt water, as well as computer thing on fire wall. I crossed the terminals on the solinoid to see if it turns over, but the started is not throwing out the gear, so i imagine it is rusted together. Someone please tell me some steps I should take before moving further into the project, to ensure its worth moving foreword. Draining oil now, and will worry about tranny later. How do i drain the fuel tank??
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Replace the fuse box, drain oil and change filter, drain oil from rear end and change as well as complete flush of tranny AND torque converter. If you had water in the tranny be ready to rebuild your tranny at any time. We had to change the starter. We also had to change several switchs for the heater. I still cannot get my dome light to work but everything else is working now. Seems to drive fine with no slipping. Some states I was told will not 'rebuild title' a flood vehicle.
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Did you buy it from Lee?
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oh and brakes, drain and replace fluid and brake pads and shoes
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That white box is the ignition switch. When you turn the key, there is a rod in the column that moves a rod on the box (on the side up against the column).

To drain the tank I would remove the bed. Unbolt the filler neck and disconnect the wiring harness under the bed. Remove the bed bolts and remember where they go on the bed.

Then you have easy access to remove the fuel pump ring to remove the pump and gain access to the inside of the tank to siphon it out.
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you can remove the tank from the underside without removing the bed , just make sure you support the tank with a jack to lower it slowly. Once it is out remove the gas/ water mixture. If it is a plastic tank rinse it with a cleaner made for gas tanks and let it dry completely. Replace the filter and most likely the pump. Get a Chilton or Haynes manual either buy one or go to the library. You can also look this up on you tube
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