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2003 Ranger I was messing with the radio harness, changing

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2003 Ranger
I was messing with the radio harness , changing out the stereo. I had the harness spliced and accidently touched a few of the open connections. Now I do not get much voltage to hot (red) / groud (blk) at the harness, so the stereo does not turn on (radio fuses are good as well). Using multi-meter at red/blk wires I get about .5 volts. All the fuses on the side of dash are good. All the fuses that I can see under the hood are also good. I do have power to the cigarette lighter next to radio compartment. I am guessing I may have a incline or fusible link upstream from the radio harness that I may have fried?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Ford
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
2.3 I4 engine
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose) I prefer to work when others don't, I am here around lunch and after dinner till after midnight.

Ford did not install an inline fuse though someone could of installed one aftermarket if the original radio was not in the truck.

Test your grounds and powers to an alternate ground source to make sure there is not a concern with the grounds to the radio. The radio has 3 grounds black and 2 black/green wires. The powers are red/black fuse 28 power only when starting, yellow/black power with the key on or in accessory position fuse 20, light green/violet fuse 29 power all the time. All fuses are under the dash. Can you confirm the fuses have power, I know you mentioned the fuses were good, but we need to see if there is a concern before the fuses.

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Thanks Moose.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hi, so on this truck the only in cab fuses are on the side of the dash, are these the ones you are referring, or do you truly mean to look under the dash for these fuses?
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

There is only one fuse box under the dash on the drivers side and there are no inline fuses in the dash. The fuses under the hood are not used for this system.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I didn't take out fuses, I am thinking maybe one is fryed and just hard to see, seems like this should be a easy fix......again, there is a fuse box on the side of the dash on this truck, is there another one under the dash? Thanks
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

There is only one fuse box inside the cab on the side of the dash. You can test fuses with them installed. There are test pins on the face of the fuse to check for battery voltage on both sides or to ohm test them.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
all the fuses are good, what next?
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

Next is checking the wires to the back of the radio to see if all the powers and grounds there are good. If all are good then your new radio is wired wrong, it has a blown fuse or the radio is bad.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

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Thanks Chris

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 11 months ago.

Do you still need help with your Ranger?