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please help!!! Electrical problem

i have a 97 ford ranger v6 4.0. it has been shutting off while driving and it comes back on but sometimes it dies completely and the dome light dont come back for a while otherwise the truck wont start. i replaced the idle air control valve and the battery terminals,fuel pump relay,fuel filter,spark plugs,cleaned the injectors. the only thing that i can think of is the fuel pump. or the stock alarm i have because i dont have the remote the arm or disarm the alarm. the check engine light is not on but sometime while its acting up the ABS light stays on but then shuts off the i restart the truck please somone help!!!
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It doesn't seem like the fuel pump because that wouldn't affect your dome light, only a battery issue would affect that. When the truck wont start will the starter crank over? Can you hear the fuel pump prime when you turn the key forward?
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yea it cranks fine runs fine and yea the fuel pump does prime. it cranks everytime but if the dome lights arent on it doesnt turn over
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yea it cranks fine runs fine and yea the fuel pump does prime. it cranks everytime but if the dome lights arent on it doesnt turn over
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If the dome light isn't coming on seems like something might be shorting out and that's why the truck is cutting out. When the dome light doesn't come on does any other electric things work, radio, headlight ect....?
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yeah everything if i turn on and off the headlights the dome lights come back on right after
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I have the same truck and encountered the same problem. It turned out my pcm fuse was loose. Well it wasn't actually loose but in the fuse panel the connector got pushed backed into the panel and the fuse would not make contact all the time and it would shut the truck off. I'd wiggle the fuse and it would start back up. It was a pain until I figured out what was wrong. I just took the panel out and pushed the connector back into the panel.
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Shorts = blown fuses and fires.


It sounds like a loose connection to me. Maybe the battery saver circuit is causing you trouble. If the 97 has one im not sure.
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