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Signal lights randomly don't work...

I own a 1998 Ranger 2WD - Regular Cab - 3.0L V6. It has 175,000 KILOMETERS (just so you know I'm Canadian...lol...) and I am having the weirdest problem.

The signal lights (which have been in for repair three times (!!!)) will randomly just stop working all-together, or intermittently blink very quickly, like a drum roll...

Fuses are fine, bulbs are fine. Singals work fine but just suddenly stop altogether for periods.

Is there any type of kit I might be able to install, like a whole new wiring circuit and interface to activate the signals?

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i will bet $ there is a bulb out OR do you have a trailer wiring harness disconnect it they really screw with that when they get all green

and there is no 3.5L in a ranger
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FLASHER BULB!!!!!

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Seriously this time. Change your flasher bulb (not joking, real part). Its a metal can with 3-4 forks sticking out of it. Go to Wal-mart and they are like $3. They will be located right next to the fuzes. To locate it you will need to pull off the plastic lower dash plate and then the metal plate thats on the drivers side. Look around until you find it. It fixes most problems with the blinkers.
I guess you dont even need to remove the lower dash pannels, but it will be easier if you do.
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i will bet $ there is a bulb out OR do you have a trailer wiring harness disconnect it they really screw with that when they get all green

and there is no 3.5L in a ranger
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I own a 1998 Ranger 2WD - Regular Cab - 3.3L V6.
nope dont have that one either what are you a chevy dude
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nope dont have that one either what are you a chevy dude
Fixed. Second time was a typo.



Thanks for the replies. Bought the truck from my boss. First vehicle I've ever owned. He doesn't seem to know much, which is why I am now a member of the forums.
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well does it have a trailer harness ?
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well does it have a trailer harness ?
Having problems finding it. Google searches haven't been too fruitful.

I should explain I'm an auto noob, and I got my truck for a killer deal, but it needs things like:

Fixed Signals
New Shocks/Alignment
New Front Bumper (it has rear-ended someone)
New Deck and Speakers

Its a point A to B vehicle to be used primarily for hauling my audio and lighting equipment to and from gigs. No off-roading. My truck isn't really my "hobby" although I am very serious about fixing it up and learning through doing it.
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go to the back bumper your looking for a plug under it that trailer light harness plugs to
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^ I found the line coming from the front that carries the wiring for the tail-lights. Its the ribbed rubber hose stuff. Anyway, there is a light-grey oblong oval-shaped connector coming off a tributary line from the main hose that has a jack-cover on it, so I am assuming this is the plug I am looking for?

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