Don't generally like to replace components unless I know they're faulty, but
I went down to AutoZone and replaced the starter relay on the fender next to
the battery, no luck. You weren't referring to the relay in the power
I honestly didn't know what you were referring to. you just said "no power
past the relay". You didn't really say which relay so I just assumed you
I'd imagine the ignition switch is bad. you should be able to jump power
across the starter relay and see if the relay is your problem. If the
starter turns over, then you know that it's either the relay or the circuit
that closes the relay. I'd find it hard to believe that a 5 yr old vehicle
would have a bad ignition switch but weirder things have happened.
Sorry Bruce, just noticed I typed '99, I meant 1996. The only problems I've
been having have been corrosion related, my thinking is that I have a bad
connection/open somewhere. I don't think the ignition switch is bad, I don't
have any power at the switch or anywhere else beyond the starter relay,
AFAIK. There is a place close to here that does electrical work, will
probably have the vehicle towed there.
I don't know how you determined that there was no power past the relay,
but you should measure these devices with a DVM or other test
instrument. Guessing can cost far more than the cost of a meter if you
are wrong. Your problem could be as simple as a bad (corroded) terminal
at the starter relay. Then again it could be there is no current going
through the coil of the relay?
Solution was pretty hair brained actually. Had the positive battery
cable/relay connection REVERSED. I had replaced the old one, the replacement
was an OE piece from the Ford dealer. The ends aren't marked, near as I can
tell, I even went to the trouble of laying the old harness back up there to
make sure the connectors were oriented correctly, which they appeared to be.
Finally, in desperation, I removed the positive cable ends from the relay
and used test connectors to jumper the cable to the relay in the reverse
order and bingo-started right up, works fine. Have to look under the hood of
another Ranger, the new cable connector for the relay is twisted, couldn't
figure out how it was routed unless this is a slightly defective new part.
Find the ground (or positive lead) of the relay switch and clean both
sides (electrical wire & surface) with a wire brush. Sounds like your
relay gate-switcher needs more power in the coil to switch the starter
circuit to 'closed' position.
When it works, you can punish your car and say it's grounded
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