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Old 11-23-2010, 01:31 PM
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Default Help. Can't get ranger to give me any power.

I cant get my 90 ford ranger 2.3 to register any kinda power. About a week ago i took the battery out to try to put into a different vehicle and now putting the same battery in, it shows no power at all. Nothing on the truck will register. I've seen problems with solenoids and i'm wondering if it could be that or what it really could be. I'm completly lost here.
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:41 PM
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start at the battery and check terminals and battery cables. the solenoid has nothing to do with vehicle power, that powers the starter only. i would suspect a loose/ dirty terminal or loose/ damaged cable or ground.
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:21 PM
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Just checked both terminals and cords. All connections between the battery and the solenoid are correct. I'm honestly lost. Had my uncle who isn't exactly a mechanic look at it and when he did we got a really bad smell of rotten eggs and it still didn't register any power. Plan is right now to leave the charger on and to check it in the morning. Hopefully it registers power then..
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:33 PM
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that rotten egg smell means that battery is damaged and is no good. batterys in that condition can also explode so do not try to charge it, its a lost cause at this point. most often batterys that are damaged to the point that they smell have been overcharged, a bad alternator could do that. replace that battery asap and also have the alternator tested to be sure its charging correctly.
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:40 PM
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Default Re: Help. Can't get ranger to give me any power.

Ooooh... Thank you very much. We could do without an exploding battery in my shed. Ill be sure to replace the battery and see what type of difference that makes in the morning. Thanks again!
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:49 PM
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Ooooh... Thank you very much. We could do without an exploding battery in my shed. Ill be sure to replace the battery and see what type of difference that makes in the morning. Thanks again!
no problem, good luck. be sure to have that alternator tested. if theres an autozone near you i think they do it for free.
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:55 PM
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Just because i'm curious shouldn't my truck still register some power even though that battery is going? Like i don't even get the hood light which worked beforehand.. Just outta curiousity.
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:57 PM
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Just because i'm curious shouldn't my truck still register some power even though that battery is going? Like i don't even get the hood light which worked beforehand.. Just outta curiousity.
if the battery is completely toast you wont get anything out of it, not even a hood light.
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-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

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Old 11-23-2010, 05:58 PM
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Alright that must be it. Thanks again!
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Old 11-23-2010, 06:04 PM
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do you have a voltmeter? if so you could at least see if its putting out any voltage, but the smell is a good sign of a junk battery.
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-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

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Old 11-23-2010, 07:30 PM
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Default Re: Help. Can't get ranger to give me any power.

Yes i do but the main thing is that the truck actually kills the battery. It sparks and the battery dies when i take the charger off. This could be a sign that the battery cant hold a charge but it still after i charge it for awhile (before i knew about the smell) it didn't give me anything. Thats where i get curious on if its just the battery. Becuase the positive terminal did spark. Which would show power correct?
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:40 PM
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Default Re: Help. Can't get ranger to give me any power.

If the negative is on the battery and when you touch the postive cable to the battery and it sparks means that something is drawing power and it shouldn't.

Unplug the hood light and keep the doors shut and try it again, if it still has a spark than you might have a dead short wich is killing the battery.
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:30 AM
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Default Re: Help. Can't get ranger to give me any power.

Now I had a guy come down and look at the electric. He came down, changed the solenoid, and now the truck turns over, but will not start. We know all the battery connections are good and can smell fuel. What's up with it now?
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