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2004 ford explorer sport trac gauge ,tail lights ,radio dash

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2004 ford explorer sport trac gauge ,tail lights ,radio dash lights do not work.start in park.can not take out of park
Hello and thank you for your question today!
Do the brake lights work on it or not?
Also, how did you check the fuses?
Let me know,

Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Also, how did you check the fuses?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I removed each one and looked at them

Ok Lynn, do you have a test light so we can make sure the fuses are actually getting power?
Also, are all the brake lights working or just the center brake light?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

all brake lights are working I do have a test light but there.s no power to some of the fuses

Ok, What I need to have you do is check the main maxi fuses or fusible links.
In the fuse box under the hood, please test fuse #1 which is a 50 amp fuse for power. This should have power on it at all times. Key on or off.
Please check it and let me know. It seems to provide the power for a lot of the fuses on the items that aren't working.
This may also be a square fuse with a clear top. If it's that style, you can look through the top to see if it is blown.
Let me know.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

give me about 30 min.

No problem at all, you let me know when you can and we will take it from there.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

that fuse was bad . I replaced it with a new fuse and it blew

This indicates the wire from the fuse box under the hood to the box inside the truck is shorted to ground someplace.
You are going to have to look at the harness where it comes out of the fuse box and see if you can find a broken wire or one that is touching the metal of the truck.
This wire is tan with a black stripe.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I will check the wires . what size is this wire.

I really can't say what size the wire is as I am looking at the wiring diagram. I suspect it won't be one of the tiny ones, but it's not going to be battery cable think either. More like 16-18 gauge I suspect.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

removed fuse box under hood disconnect plugs going thought the fire replaced fuse. did not I took fuse box out inside the car,checked wires behind box.did not see a problem checked wires under dash did not see a problem . spout everything back together now everything works.did not blow fuse.

lol, Ok.
I would say that there is a short that may re appear on you, but probably disconnecting the main fuse box and moving the wires took it off whatever it was touching at the moment.
Finding this type of short is impossible for me to do from here, but you have a good starting point.
Glad it's working for you again.
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