Hey I replaced the ignition switch and the key cylendar, as well as replaced the alternator bulb in the dash. Same problem exists. When I pound on the steering wheel on the horn it will sometimes start charging again. Does the horn circuit have anything to do with this??
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Re: 93 ranger charging system woes...
No it does not but how do you find when is charging? if you have a gage in the dash board and gage reads ok and then not ok then your gage is not doing ok but if you have a regular bulb with not gage i recomend you to install a volt metter straight on the batterie and pound on the stering column to see what you notice actually the only thing in the steering column controling the chargin system is the ingition switch, but may be whemn you pound on the steering afects the way the gage reads
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Possible charging system problem causing low voltage. Have the charging system/alternator tested for proper operation..If charging system operating properly, possible ignition switch getting bad. You can gently rock the key back and forth with the vehicle running to see if everything begins working again. If so, the ignition switch needs replacement
The clutch sensor would not cause the dying problem. If you have dash lights that is not an indication that the battery is ok sine they require almost no voltage to turn on. Try your headlights with the key on and see if the dash light dim. This would indicate a battery/charging system problem. Also note if the battery light comes on when the key is turned on. If the other lights work but the battery light does not it indicates the alternator has a problem. If all the lights work fine check for power at the clutch switch which contacts the cluths pedal arm higher up the pedal. Should have power to and thru the switch when cranking.
I am assuming that when you say no alt light on dash , you mean that when you first turn key on for the bulb check it won't light. i f this is true then I would be looking at replacing the bulb first. most car's use the bulb in the dash as part of the excitment circut to get the alt to start charging.
check the harness from the solenoid on the fender going to the harnes for a blown fusible link or wires broke at the factory crimp,large black wire with an orange tracer.if thats ont it you may need a new alternator plug or the charge light bulb in the dash is blown.hope this helps.
If you have changed the alternator and regulator, about all that could be left would either be a short circuit that is draining current away, or a bad ignition warning light bulb. That is because the power to energize the field of the alternator, comes through this dash bulb.
then you have a problem in the dashboard could be the circuit board behind the dash if you would like to i will tell you how to eliminate the dash from the charging system or install a straight wire from the ignition power to the ignition side of the alternator bulb,
but if you still want me to tell you how to elimiated the dash from chargin system let me know
of course this will be a mikey mouse but will take care of your problem.