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Old 12-06-2005, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
lorentsonci@lycos.com
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Acts like a dead battery, ?

I have an older 1987 Ford Ranger , V-6, auto. With about 200K miles.
I have 'kept up' the truck, and it serves well. In the last month, I
have driven only on the weekends. Sat of this week I jump in and tried
to start. NO nothing. It did not even make a clicking sound that
sometimes ocure when a battery is low/almost dead. I connected up my
battery charger and made contact with the posts. It was then that I
heard a fast clicking sound. It came from the fender wall over by the
solenoid. on the left side . I don't reconize the part, and I am not
sure that 'it" has anything to do with the problem. But it is about
the size of a bic cig lighter and black. Would anyone have a clue
as to what it is, could it be some of my problem, I may wind up
calling my mechanic, I would like tell him , other than ,,,'it wiill
not start,or make noise. ???? Thanks in advance. cl.
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Old 12-07-2005, 07:01   #2 (permalink)
Al Bundy
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Re: Acts like a dead battery, ?


lorentsonci@lycos.com wrote:
> I have an older 1987 Ford Ranger , V-6, auto. With about 200K miles.
> I have 'kept up' the truck, and it serves well. In the last month, I
> have driven only on the weekends. Sat of this week I jump in and tried
> to start. NO nothing. It did not even make a clicking sound that
> sometimes ocure when a battery is low/almost dead. I connected up my
> battery charger and made contact with the posts. It was then that I
> heard a fast clicking sound. It came from the fender wall over by the
> solenoid. on the left side . I don't reconize the part, and I am not
> sure that 'it" has anything to do with the problem. But it is about
> the size of a bic cig lighter and black. Would anyone have a clue
> as to what it is, could it be some of my problem, I may wind up
> calling my mechanic, I would like tell him , other than ,,,'it wiill
> not start,or make noise. ???? Thanks in advance. cl.


Maybe your battery is completely dead now. Why not splurge and replace
that 6 year old battery yourself and save a tow and mechanic's charges?

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Old 12-07-2005, 07:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Acts like a dead battery, ?

Turn on the 'dome' light. Try starting your Ranger. If the dome light
goes off while trying to start, the battery is kaput. If it only dims,
then it is a starter relay or solenoid.


<lorentsonci@lycos.com> wrote in message
news:odacp1t2m314jtra1f6bcrgop4utpike7q@4ax.com...
: I have an older 1987 Ford Ranger , V-6, auto. With about 200K miles.
: I have 'kept up' the truck, and it serves well. In the last month, I
: have driven only on the weekends. Sat of this week I jump in and tried
: to start. NO nothing. It did not even make a clicking sound that
: sometimes ocure when a battery is low/almost dead. I connected up my
: battery charger and made contact with the posts. It was then that I
: heard a fast clicking sound. It came from the fender wall over by the
: solenoid. on the left side . I don't reconize the part, and I am not
: sure that 'it" has anything to do with the problem. But it is about
: the size of a bic cig lighter and black. Would anyone have a clue
: as to what it is, could it be some of my problem, I may wind up
: calling my mechanic, I would like tell him , other than ,,,'it wiill
: not start,or make noise. ???? Thanks in advance. cl.


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Old 12-07-2005, 14:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Acts like a dead battery, ?

I'm not sure if the older Rangers are affected by this problem or not, but
if this was anything like the trouble my 1991 Ranger gave me with the same
overnight battery draining symptoms, find both the EEC and fuel pump relays
and replace both of them. Even when you take them off, if they look OK,
throw them out and get new ones. They're like $20 Canadian to replace. On
my Ranger, they were underneath the distribution block on the right hand
side of the engine bay. One had a green connector, the other had a black
connector. The relays are exactly the same, and should be replaced every
year, they are known to stick and do this.

I fooled with everything I could think of in the engine bay related to the
battery and anything that might drain it overnight until I figured out what
was going on. It took me two years to figure this out because it would only
happen during cold seasons, during the summer while it was warm, the battery
would only drain low enough that it would still start the truck. So if I
were you, this would be the first thing I would try. Also, this problem is
related to a lot of Ford vehicles around 1989-1994, if you do a search on
the internet, you should find some information on it.

Good luck
Sharky

<lorentsonci@lycos.com> wrote in message
news:odacp1t2m314jtra1f6bcrgop4utpike7q@4ax.com...
>I have an older 1987 Ford Ranger , V-6, auto. With about 200K miles.
> I have 'kept up' the truck, and it serves well. In the last month, I
> have driven only on the weekends. Sat of this week I jump in and tried
> to start. NO nothing. It did not even make a clicking sound that
> sometimes ocure when a battery is low/almost dead. I connected up my
> battery charger and made contact with the posts. It was then that I
> heard a fast clicking sound. It came from the fender wall over by the
> solenoid. on the left side . I don't reconize the part, and I am not
> sure that 'it" has anything to do with the problem. But it is about
> the size of a bic cig lighter and black. Would anyone have a clue
> as to what it is, could it be some of my problem, I may wind up
> calling my mechanic, I would like tell him , other than ,,,'it wiill
> not start,or make noise. ???? Thanks in advance. cl.



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