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Fuse 26?

I have a 1998 ranger xlt and the fuse for the windows keeps blowing. I've tried different fuses besides 10 amp and nothing works. Should I just hard wire it or would it be to hard on my battery.
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I would investigate further and look into the wiring and more to see why its blowing it.
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I have a 1998 ranger xlt and the fuse for the windows keeps blowing. I've tried different fuses besides 10 amp and nothing works. Should I just hard wire it or would it be to hard on my battery.
Fuse #26 (10amp) feeds power to the Battery Saver Relay, which in turn feeds the Interior Lights, Transmissions System (if used), and Accessory Delay Relay. The Accessory Delay Relay in turn controls the power feed from Maxi Fuse #4 in the PDB to the power window switches.

If Fuse #26 is blowing, its not the power windows thatís causing it to blow. Its more than likely a short in between the fuse panel and the Battery Saver Relay, somewhere in the Interior Lights, or the power feed to the Accessory Delay Relay.

Does the fuse blow as soon as you replace it with the key off?
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Hello Rev, I am having the same problem. It will blow the fuse as soon as you put it in even with the key out, any suggestions? Thanks
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Hello Rev, I am having the same problem. It will blow the fuse as soon as you put it in even with the key out, any suggestions? Thanks
You could try narrowing down the problem by removing the interior lamp relay and then replacing the fuse. If the fuse still blows, remove the battery saver relay and replace the fuse. Post back the results.
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Thanks Rev,
Could you tell me where to find the relays, also I put a 30 fuse in and got smoke under the dash, do you know how to access this large group of wires, since this must be where the short is. I would still like to find the relays so maybe I could disable the offending part and get my windows down for now til I have more time to dig into the wires. I believe I could do without the battery saver or interior lights for a while Thanks.
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Could you tell me where to find the relays, also I put a 30 fuse in and got smoke under the dash, do you know how to access this large group of wires, since this must be where the short is. I would still like to find the relays so maybe I could disable the offending part and get my windows down for now til I have more time to dig into the wires. I believe I could do without the battery saver or interior lights for a while Thanks.
Don't ever put a higher rated fuse in place of a fuse that calls for a certain amperage! I hope you didn't burn up your wiring!
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Could you tell me where to find the relays, also I put a 30 fuse in and got smoke under the dash, do you know how to access this large group of wires, since this must be where the short is. I would still like to find the relays so maybe I could disable the offending part and get my windows down for now til I have more time to dig into the wires. I believe I could do without the battery saver or interior lights for a while Thanks.
Well I guess thatís one way to find the short. However, the subsequent damage will have additional consequences.

NoteÖNEVER EVER PUT A HIGHER RATED FUSE IN PLACE OF A LOWER RATED FUSE NO MATTER WHAT THE NEED MAYBE!

To access the harness in question will require the removal of the upper dash pad and may require pulling the entire dash to locate all damaged wiring.

I believe the relays are located under the dash just to the right of the steering column. You might want to drop the kick panel to ease access.
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The accessory delay relay is under the glove box clipped to a brace.

Interior lamp relay is behind the pass side air bag, the driver auto down relay lives there too.

Then there is a relay box under the radio somewhere that are not labeled in the diagram, I believe the battery saver is in there.
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