I plan to follow the circuit this weekend (I haven't had time due to work). Fuse 102 is OK and it has power.
I am very curious about a noise I hear when the ignition is off. I am hoping I don't have an open or short circuit.. The noise is a clicking sound like a fuel pump or something. It sounds like it is coming from under the driver's side back seat (I have a 4-door supercrew). It will only stop when I disconnect the battery. Otherwise, if the battery is connected then the ticking is constant even though the ignition is off.
All of the following happened within about 20 minutes of each other. I will try to describe the symptoms when I was driving.
1 - I left work and my car started fine. Everything was A.O.K.
2 - about 10 minutes later when waiting at a traffic light the "check system charging" warning light came on. As soon as I accelerated the warning light went off.
3 - while on the freewary the same warning light came back on for about 10 seconds and then went off again.
4 - after getting off the freeway I stopped at a traffic light and the warning light came back on. When I accelerated, it sounded like a ran over something so I lightly touched my brakes but the ABS came on (my break pedal did the ABS chatter thing). I looked in the rear veiw mirror but nothing was run over. All my system lights went out (no dashbaord or warning lights)
5 - I pulled into a gas station since it was handy and I needed some gas anyway. AFter filling my tank my truck wouldn't start.
6 - I called my son for a jiump and the car started but I had no other electricity (no windows, locks, system lights on the dash, no radio.
7 - I drove home since it was only 3 minutes away. The engine died just before I got home and I haven't had it running since.
8 - I hooked up my battery charger and still nothing. I havne't checked ALL the fuses but the ones I checked were OK.
9 - I am at a loss on what it could be other than a short circuit which I realize I would have to trace back from the source. Is there a more likely location for a possible short than others? About 4 weeks ago I had my transimission rebuilt by the Ford Dealer. Could that have had anything to do with this problem. I think not but if there is a short somewhere maybe they scarred or damaged the wiring harness. does it go by the transmission.
10 - also, what could be causing the clicking sound? Is it the fuel pump or some ABS pump. The fact that my ABS went screwy on my when this happened makes me suspicious.
If you can give me more than just "retrace the electirical circuit" I would be thrilled to accept your recommendation and even throw in a bounus. However, todate you haven't given me anything more than what I already have considered which is why I am giving you a blow by blow account of what happened and when it happened. (I am not completely ignorant when it comes to cars and I try to do my own work - though these newer cars make that harder)