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Old 04-27-2015
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no start issue/ battery saver relay clicking

Hello all,

I have a 98 ranger, 4cyl, manual transmission.

I have a rear window leak that I plan to fix. I removed the carpet over the weekend because it smelled from rain water. after i removed the carpet I drove the car just fine for two days with no issues.

Last night it rained but I do not see any water near wires.

I tried to start my car this morning and i had a click but no start situation.

After work I looked at the symptoms and here's what I found.

first try my truck started. then after that it has not started again.

When I have the door open a relay under the glovebox clicks on/off continuous until I shut the door or press the brake. When I press the brake randomly the dome light will come on.

I felt around and wiggled wires and cant seem to visibly find a short.

Any Ideas? Thanks
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ignore the battery saver relay title. its just a relay under the glove box.
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You need to get a volt meter and test battery voltage, also clean battery terminals just to be sure.
Good battery will be 12.3-12.8volts

The clicking relay with door open is most likely from low power in the system, relay can't stay closed.

leak may have corroded a ground hook up under the drivers seat or some of the connections.

Thats why the dome light comes on with the brake pedal, it is using that circuit as the ground
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Fantastic, battery had charge, the negative battery connection had corrosion. I removed and cleaned it and truck started right up. Thank you
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Good work

Thanks for the update
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