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Old 03-24-2011, 11:51 AM
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Default FIXED - 2005 Ranger blowing starter fuse (yellow #5)

It started about two weeks ago. The starter fuse blew, which is located on passenger side kick panel. I changed it with another #5 fuse and it worked fine until today. I drove the truck this AM and now that I was going out again, it would not start. I checked the fuse and it was blown. I replaced it; turned the key and nothing. I checked the fuse and it was blown. I did it everything again, just to make sure and it happened once more.
Any ideas what the problem might be or how I should go about troubleshooting it? thanks!
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:51 PM
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Default Re: 2005 Ranger blowing starter fuse (yellow #5)

Sounds like a ground problem...
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:07 AM
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Status: I got under the truck this AM as I figured it might be a ground issue somewhere near the starter. I noticed area is oily; so I cleaned it up as best as I could and checked the three electrical connections and they are nice and tight. I put a new #5 fuse; did a little praying, turned key and truck started; but almost immediately, I heard fuse blow. Yesterday, it was blowing the fuse before it would start. Any ideas?
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:58 PM
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Default Re: 2005 Ranger blowing starter fuse (yellow #5)

Did you check the starter relay under the hood.Bout' the only other thing in start circuit.Can you see the starter connections?Is anything touching?
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:04 AM
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the starter relay seems to be working fine. I bought a short circuit detector, and I'm getting a "read" on the wires that are attached to the starter motor. The three starter wires are bundled and wrapped and go along oil pan and then go straight up toward battery. Anyhow, right where the bundle starts heading up, approximately 1 1/2 feet from starter, there's a ground wire that joins the bundle. I never saw this ground wire until the detector's needle read it. I stuck my hand up there and found it. Anyhow, I moved detector past it and needle would go normal, but as soon as I went by ground, it gave me the read once more. My guess is this ground wire is somehow connected to starter, as it enters bundled wires going down toward starter. I will need to disconnect all wires from starter (so I can move bundles wires a lot easier) and peel all the wrapping all the way up to where ground wire connects. I was going to do it this morning, but it was a bit chilly outside and not been able to move truck into the garage slows things down. I'll give it a go this PM. I will try to take pictures if I find the short.

As to the ground wire, it is attached to the engine block, above motor mount if I remember properly. I checked the connection there and it is tight. I will disconnect the ground though as I noticed the ground wire rests on motor mount. I don't know why Ford couldn't route it differently in order to clear motor mount.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:41 AM
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Default Re: FIXED -2005 Ranger blowing starter fuse (yellow #5)

Found short. It was under dash; driver's side. I went to justanswer.com, and selected FORD and was assisted by Ron. I highly recommend Ron who was able to help me with a diagram that is not in Haynes book and was able to lead me while trying to find problem. A lot of communication back and forth for $18.00
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This is what he told me to do: "Looking at the diagram ,the starter is the only thing on this circuit. If unplugging the Range sensor dosnt stop it from blowing the problem is in between the fuse and the range sensor, go one step further and locate the clutch pedal jumper under the dash and try disconnecting it and see if it still blows."

This confused me as my truck has an A/T. Ron clarified by saying: "Yes and that why it has the clutch over ride jumper . It would have a switch if it was a standard trans. Take a look at the diagram. It should be near the steering column, the best way to find it is with the white/pink wire where it connects to the pink wire to the range sensor."

So what Ron was referring to is under dash, tucked up high. I tried to take a couple of pictures, but I could not get a good one off.

On this picture you can see the bare section on the wht/pnk wire; far left. I am holding the "dead end" connector, as I call it. (it is capped)
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On second picture you can see the whole connector; on the back side it has one of those plastic-push-in-screws; what happened was that it got loose and it was rubbing against parking cable. ( I think factory failed to secure it) I guess over the years it rubbed the insulation off the wht/pnk wire.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:48 AM
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Default Re: 2005 Ranger blowing starter fuse (yellow #5)

Congrats on fixing your issue, I will keep this in mind if I ever run into this issue
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