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My 2004 4 cyl Ranger won't start. I t the brakes very hard

Customer Question

My 2004 4 cyl Ranger won't start.
I hit the brakes very hard in traffic, the engine died and wouldn't turn over. Tried jumo starting, charged battery (it was low) but although there seems to be power; the starter won't even turn over. Makes no sound at all.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Hi. Is your ranger a manual or automatic?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Automatic
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Do you have a test light to check for power?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Ok. First, does the check engine light come on when you turn the key on?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Here is what it looks like as soon as I turn key all the way on, after that a few lights go out. I can send u that pic of you like?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

The check engine light is to the left of the ABS light and I do not see it on. It looks like an engine. Can you just make sure that the light does or does not come on when you turn the key on. It may go out after a few seconds, thats why I just want you to verify if it comes on when the key is turned on. Thanks.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Here is that pic and then a little more info, the car was stolen about a month ago and the guy was an idiot! Took out air filter and stuff, but here is the pic of the wires, not sure if it matters or not. And I found this (third pic) in a bag in my truck? I don't know if it is relevant or not! Thanks
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Here is third pic
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No check engine light
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

But the truck was running and did die while hitting the brakes hard?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
It was kinda lurching around at about 60+ miles per hour since I got it back, too
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

The check engine needs to come on when the key is turned on. This indicates the PCM the engines computer, is not turning on. Can you go out under the hood and check all the relays and fuses and make sure they are all pushed in all the way.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I will go check them. It will take me just a moment though I have to pick up my son from school. Sorry! ;)
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Specifically make sure fuse 11 (30amp) in the fuse box under the hood is good and has power to it.

Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Just get back to me when you can.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Fuse 11 is very blown! So I'm assuming I should go buy a new one or should I just put some for oil in there? LOL just kidding
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I meant foil
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Yeah. Foil or oil. Either should work. haha. Yeah there may be spares in the fuse box or in the fuse box inside the truck.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Hello! Well I bought a new fuse, and put it in, started it and it started to turn over finally! But then it didn't quite make it. Then I realized I didn't put the other good fuse, the one I took w me to store, back in all the way. So I pushed that in and tried to start it again and it didn't turn over anymore. So I checked the number 11 fuse, and it was blown again. And I believe the other one blew too! So I'm heading back to store to buy two more. Do I need anything else that you can think of while I am there? ;) thanks for your help!!
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I don't want to do anything else until I hear from you. Thank you?!
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Ok. Because that fuse is blowing multiple times then the wiring is shorted somewhere and causing it to blow. You may want to check up under the steering column and see if you see any bare wires touching metal or each other. Also check the wiring around the fuse box under the hood. Let me know if you see anything. And also if nothing obvious is found, let me know the exact fuse numbers that blow so I can try and narrow it down.

Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Thank you for viewing my last response. Let me know if you have any more questions and please rate my service. Thanks.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Hi Eric,
Sorry for the delay!! I thought I emailed you back! So I will double check for the wiring problems, but the #11 fuse is the one that keeps blowing. I'll get back to you on the shorts and stuff. Thank you so much!!
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 9 months ago.

Ok thanks. Let me know what you find or if you need some more info on isolating where shorts could be.

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