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95 Ford Ranger, 3.0 auto trans. When key is turned to start position #24 starting circuit fuse blows. Was starting & running fine ptior to this .

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  • wpt5783 Nov 18, 2009

    Could a defective ignition switch cause this problem?You views on other possible causes please. Thanks

  • wpt5783 Nov 18, 2009

    Fuse #24 controls starter & anti theft. I do not have anti theft option. No starter action of any kind.

  • wpt5783 Nov 18, 2009

    Thanks very much for your help. I'll have time tomorrow or Friday to check it out and will get back to you then. Harry

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Ok you already know this fuse is for the starter relay and the anti-theft system, so lets look at those components, the fuse powers the starter replay, this relay is the one that is round and the red battery positive cable goes to it and then out of it to the starter solenoid on the starter motor, n this relay there is a small wire that just slips on and off a threaded terminal (marked with an "S"), unplug that, then turn the ignition crank and hold it there (u will need another person here), with a test light or DC Volt meter you should have 12 volts at the wire you took off the starter relay, while the ignition key is held in engine crank position, if u do have 12 volts at that wire then the relay is defective.here is a picture and price with part number.

MOTORCRAFT Part # SW1951C $20.79 US$ source www.rockauto.com
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Hello. You have a short circuit which is causing your fuse to blow repeatedly because it is not properly going to ground. Start with your battery terminals and cables. Take them apart, and clean them all up with emery cloth. Then go to the other end of each cable, disconnect, clean, reconnect. That alone may solve your problem.
If these actions do not solve your problem consider calling a local autoelectric shop and have them scan your electrical system.
Good luck with it. Regards, Joe

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Check the fuel pump to see if it is coming on,this is ths most likely cause,fuel pump relay,or the fuel pump has gone out.Check the relay for the fuel pump,and see if the fuel pump pressure is up to spects.IIf all this checks out,start checking under the hood for wires that mayhave been broken,or grounded out on the engine and firewall.Unplug the alternator,to see if the fuse will still blow,if the alternator has shorted,it will cause this also.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Nov 18, 2009

    Yes.it is possible,but does the starter try to turn over?Look in your manual.and see exactly what the fuse controls.If the ignition switch,not the lock and key,is bad,it can come to pieces on the inside and short out.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Nov 18, 2009

    There is a solenoid for the starter on the firewall,cross the post that has the positive cable to it,to the small cable to see if the starter will turn over.If it will not,replace the starter,if it does turn the starter over,then ,pull the small wore off of the starter solenoid,and see if the fuse still blows out,if the fuse still blows out,replace the solenid on the firewall.Check to see if the starter fuse is the right amp,for what it calls for,just to make sure the fuse is not to small of amp.Do not replace it with a fuse no more than 5 amps more,or it couls melt down some wires.If you croos these two terminals on the solenoid,and the starter turns bad,or humms,or drags,replace the starter.let me know what you find.

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