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Old 02-12-2014, 06:26 AM   #21
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Right, and really, chances are good I'm not going to remember to change those cables, and I will just clamp to the battery post clamps. Getting this wiring problem fixed is likely to cost a small fortune now, since I doubt I can get anyone other than the dealership to work on it, and they're going to charge an arm an a leg to tear into those wires.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:22 AM   #22
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Wiring isn't too difficult to do...what I usually do is go to a junk yard and tear into a similar vehicle...make the mistakes on something that is already trashed and harvest what you need...sometimes it takes more than one vehicle to get what you need but the learning experience is more than worth a few hours of your time...

Strip out the seats and dash...and believe me the dash is quite complex when you don't know what the heck you are doing...but then it makes sense and you're on your way...

The guy that sold me the 96 had to replace the heater core and said the dash comes out pretty easy...well, I've spent about 4 hours picking away at it and I can't see how he found it easy...but I'm almost there and it is making sense now...but there is a rats nest of wires under the dash...and they all come out easy enough...

I'm pretty sure those connectors are just bolted in place with a 10 mm socket...but I haven't actually got that far because I wanted to remove the dash before I start yanking harnesses...from the images you posted I couldn't see anything that would be too difficult to replace and if the harnesses all plug into the main power feed at the firewall and are separate then the job is pretty easy to do...but, again, you probably need to pull the dash off to get at everything...

If you have a junkyard in your area I'd go there first before ripping into your truck...pick up the whole harness for the alarm system now that you know what it looks like and just reverse what you did on your vehicle...
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Good point. I need to start getting to know my local junkyards. What do you say to them? "I want to take apart the dash on a late 90s Ford Ranger to see how it's put together"? Would they want to make me buy something to do that, or are they happy to have someone else do the dis-assembly for them?
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Just say you need the wiring harness, which you do, lol, and start disassembling, if it doesn't match yours..........well maybe next time
And heck if they don't want too much it may be easier in the long run to swap part of the harness.
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Good point. I need to start getting to know my local junkyards. What do you say to them? "I want to take apart the dash on a late 90s Ford Ranger to see how it's put together"? Would they want to make me buy something to do that, or are they happy to have someone else do the dis-assembly for them?
The ones I go to don't require any input...unless you are looking for something that may have already been harvested...and they sell many items at considerable markup for their time...like $75 more than if you take it out yourself...

Guess it depends on the yard you go to, but I think they appreciate it when someone does the work for them...as long as you don't totally destroy parts that they can sell they won't mind usually how long you are there...just don't get yourself locked in overnight...lol
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Looks like this is now an intermittent problem, and I'll probably be trying the junkyard route this spring. I put it into the dealership, figuring they could read any other trouble codes at the GEM, or whatever, have the tool to pull the connector and test the pins, etc. I tend to avoid the dealerships, even though ours are supposed to be pretty good, because I figure they're going to want to replace half the truck with OEM parts every time.

So what did they find? "We just put in the missing fuse and the parking lights work fine."

But, every time I did that, I turned on the lights and pop the fuse was blown. "No, we had them on for a good while and they were on, no problem."

So, somewhere I jiggled some wires just enough for the gap between a pair of cooked wires to be too big for an arc to jump. And a few weeks from now, I'll be driving along and they'll black out all over again. Come to think of it, I'll have to keep a supply of those fuses, and see which set of wires I have to jiggle to make them not blow. Seems nutty, but it's probably going to be as fast as going around the truck with my voltmeter.
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Junkyards have millions of fuses...there's enough there to start your own fuse store...I usually take a couple of the bigger ones while I'm looking for something else because they don't care...but you could grab relays ($20 a pop) if you need them...or good to have a few as spares...the JY might charge you $2 for those but only because they contain valuable metals...or something...
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