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Old 09-17-2011
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Strange Electrical Problem When Starting

This has only happened to me twice separated by 3 or 4 months, but when I went to go start my '99 Ranger XLT, power to the entire vehicle was rapidly switching on and off, and I could hear a "clicking" that sounded like it was coming from inside the dash. Oddly, turning my headlights on and off stopped this behavior and I was able to operate it normally. My first thought was the key switch, but if I'm not mistaken, the headlights aren't routed through the key switch (besides the fact that I don't see how turning the headlights on and off could possibly "cure" an electrical problem anyway). Has anyone else ever experienced this kind of oddity in a Ranger or any other vehicle?
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Clean your battery terminals.
And I don't mean just washing them off with a hose.Unbolt them and scrape them off.
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That was the first thing I did (I guess I should have mentioned that). Both terminals are clean inside and out.
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Then remove and clean the other ends of the cables.
Also inspect the cable terminals for corrosion.Some tend to rot off just inside the insulation.
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