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Major problem?? i think.

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by bill8379, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    Hoping for a diaognonsis so I don't talk to the mechanics with no knowledge.


    -the other day I would turn on the blinker and my radio lights would blink at the same time. That never happened before, plus I thought I smelled burnt wiring.

    -Today, samething but then, I stop/start and I had no dash lights. I got worried that I had no lights at all (it's night) got out and, I had front lights and running lights but no brake lights. More smell of burning plastic.

    -So I go to start it up, starts fine (was going to drive home) but the brakes feel wierd and it won't let me get out of park. I couldn't get it into drive. Phoned a tow truck, while waiting the interior was was stuck on and wouldn't shut off no matter what.

    _ I got them to tow it to Canadian tire and I unhooked the battery.

    Its a '96 ford Ranger... well at least I can still drive my big truck.
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Sounds like a wire rubbed under the dash and shorted out, Automotive electrical is a pain (up under the dash) and is time consuming.

    Be prepared for a good sized repair bill and be thankful it didn't lite up and burn to the ground right in front of you.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Well....least if you smelled some wires getting hot its a good chance it will be easy to find, some wires should be burnt or discolored by the heat. That was a good heads up disconnecting the battery....if not it might have went poof in the night

  4. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    If it did burn to the ground... i wonder if I would get insurance money:laugh:
  5. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    It's a Ford. Does it have cruise control?
  6. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    I hope so. They are going to charge me $82 an hour to snoop around see what they can find and diagnose the problem and give me an estimate.

    I've gotten a lot of work done at this place and they're are reputable.

    You know the tow truck driver charged be $9.80 for a gas surcharge.
  7. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    Let it burn and collect the insurance. unless you can fix it yourself, there will always be a problem with your electricial system its just in all the cars and trucks DNA! What is the year and make? oh yeah Got it. sorry Thats a no brainer should of went with the cheby!
  8. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    I got a chevy to, a 92 sierra. I dug it out from the snow bank, I only use it in summer cause it's two wheel drive. I sure like driving around a full sized truck again, not so claustrophic. When something breaks on my chevy, its a normal thing like a pump or ujoint. With this ford of mine its sensors crap like that.
  9. DavidR

    DavidR LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    After I read the first problem you were experiencing in your post I knew it was a Ford. I have had several friends that had similar problems.

    Each of them sold the trucks and now own Toyota's. Good luck and hopefully they will find the problem.
  10. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    $627 later.

    Problem was traced backed to trailer wiring kit.

    Replace trailer wiring kit $44
    Belt Tensioner twisting caused belt to burn off, new Tensioner $100
    New Serpentine belt $40
    Power Steering Flush $80
    Vent Flush to deorderized the burning plastic smell $40
    Replace Idler Pulley$45 (Had wrong idler pulley on there that cause the damage to the serpentine.)

    Labour $309
    Parts $220
    Tax $67

    Not too bad a price, kind of a relieve actually.

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