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Icon4 Riddle me this: major electrical problem on the 98 and it's an oddball..need help

Okay so today i took the 98 when I took my wife to a doctors appointment. Was fine with no problems going there. However when I went to start it this is what happened.

Turned ignition to accessories and thought I heard a pop(fuse maybe) and all electrical turned off. No power when turning key. No cluster, radio, brake likes or running lights. I did still have power to my power outlets to charge stuff and thats it.

So I popped the hood and opened the main fuse box. I had no way to pull the small fuses. So I pulled the large fuse and they were good. Checked the megafuse and it looked okay from what I saw. After I did that I sat back in the truck to wait on the tow truck. Decided what the hell I will try and start it again. Well guess what? all the power came back and it started. I got home and turned it off/on a couple times with no problems.


So here I am wondering WTF happened. Any suggestions or ideas?
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....because ranger?
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Maybe you jiggled something?

Weird though. Did you run through all of your grounds and stuff?
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I'd start checking your wires for frayed/corroded ones. This was happening with my bronco when i had it. After a day of searching, I found a wire with no sheathing on it anymore which was touching my firewall causing it to ground out. shrink wrapped it and the problem never came back.
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If that solved electrical problems, then I would do that for the golf.
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What the kewn said. Sounds like you've got a wire grounding itself out somewhere. Its for sure odd that it happens. I've never seen it personally, but it sounds like a ground issue.

but the part thats sticking with me is that the whole truck went down. that sounds like a main battery line. are they clean? not corroded or anything?
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What the kewn said. Sounds like you've got a wire grounding itself out somewhere. Its for sure odd that it happens. I've never seen it personally, but it sounds like a ground issue.

but the part thats sticking with me is that the whole truck went down. that sounds like a main battery line. are they clean? not corroded or anything?
Yeah I put a new battery in shortly after getting the truck in 2011. I'm going to double check things tomorrow when I have light. It was getting dark when all this went down.
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i had this exact problem last winter. truck was doing it to me off and on for weeks. it started with the foglights working on/off. then the truck not starting and blower motor not working and progressed to what you have experience. i pulled the starter and bench tested it, checked and replaced a lot of grounds, tested my clutch switch, even went so far as to start pulling the ignition switch to test all my wiring. during this process i accidentally hit a connector undr the dash on the left side of the drivers footwell and the connector fell apart!

i realized the connector had the j hook style clamp to pull the connector together and it had worked loose and fallen off. i plugged the connector back in and voila! everything worked again. i have not had another problem since then.

it is usually the simplest dumbest things you would not think of that cause the problems with electrical
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