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1993 ford ranger: 4 cyl 2.3 engine..headlight..possible solutions?

Customer Question

1993 ford ranger pickup with 4 cyl 2.3 engine has
a short that keeps killing battery possibly related
to headlight system. what are possible solutions?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  A. Penland replied 5 years ago.

Hello and thanks for using Just Answer.I will try my best to help you with your question.


If you have a test light, you can find what is causing the battery drain.

To find the problem, disconnect the positive battery cable and connect the test light clamp to the positive post of the battery and the pointed end of the test light to the positive cable end. If the test light lights, you have a current draw. You will have to remove one fuse at a time and see if the test light bulb goes out and then reinstall the fuse. You will have to do every fuse under the hood and also under the dash.
Then is the test light is still lighting up after the fuses, then disconnect the alternator and any other electrical accessory till the light goes out.


Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I have already tried everyting you suggested before going on line. nothing has worked.

i have narrowed it to a fuse but don't know if the problem is in the wiring before it goes

into the computer or after it leaves the computer. trying to find a wiring diagram.

Expert:  A. Penland replied 5 years ago.

What fuse have you narrowed it to?

A fuse number and location will help.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

your answer did not solve my problem and i didn't accept the answer! my credit

card was charged anyway!! i had to pay for wiring diagrams to solve the problem.

please credit my account before i share my experience with others!