When driving at times, my interior lgihts, and CD player shut off. My battery gauge also dropped. Lasted for 5 seconds. Then everything came back on like nothing had happened. New battery in vehicle. Tested alternator, battery, starter, connections, and no corossion at all. Auto Store can't find anything wrong. Everything tested well above average. Charged the battery as well. Tested well over 12v while vehicle shut off, then a day and a half later, down to 10v. Any advice on what this could be? Ignition switch possibly? Thank you.
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Re: Lights Dim, Radio shuts off, battery gauge dropps
I would check the ignition switch, they are know for separating and causing issue's like this one, Ford recalled many of them, but the Explorer was not on the list, though it uses the same switch as the recalled cars..
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DUDE!!! Installing a new ground Worked for these symptoms ive been having for MONTHS! Dim headlights, pressing brake would shut off radio, turn signal slow and non blinking, also would shut down radio, dash lights dim and gauges FREAKING OUT!!! Process CHEAP AND EASY!
This sounds similar to my problem yesterday, where the lights were blinking on and off and the gauges going up and doing like crazy. It was the battery has lost most of its charge (only had 230CCA out of the expected 800).
Fortunately, the battery was still under warranty.
Your alternator is out. Those are classic symptoms of alternating going out. The alternator recharges your electrical system and when it goes out a list of strange things go on inside the dash, and you won't be able to go very far on just a battery. I'm glad you at least made it home. But yes you will need a new alternator for sure. Please rate this response so I can get my ratings back up to 90% at least.
Try looking at your battery. Check the cables to make sure they are tight and clean. Brush the corrosion off with a wire brush. Now, if you have a wiring schematic, find the ground for the interior lights and clean it up too. Oh, put vasoline on it, and the battery cables, to keep them corrosion free. Check the other grounds in the car cabin too.
I believe I can help with the clicking. The parking lights should be flashing Also. Whenever power is lost to the system IE the battery removed, The factory anti theft comes on. It is a small 4" x4" box hooked by steering column under dash. It has a red button you push for a few secounds and that should stop the clicking and flashing.
door pins may be bad, you doors may also be sagging at the hinges causing a bad connection, your lights will dim when you brake because of a draw on the battery, but it sounds like your pin switches are bad
I believe that you said originally that your dash also goes"dead" like does the voltmeter drop and all the guages?
If so I would suspect a main wire that feeds the ignition Switch.
But having said that I wish I knew if you were loosing spark or fuel Have you gone to rhe fuel tank and wiggled the harness there? Would you call me So I might talk to you about this in the mean time Ill look in my database and see if I find any old repairs that might relate