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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,480 miles

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2004 Ford Ranger lights problems

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2004 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 182016


  • 114,000 miles


Interior cab light will not shut off. Discovered while driving, continued even when stopped, and while parked with ignition off and doors closed. Very dangerous if light comes on during night time driving.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 102014

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
On 4 November 2014 I was referencing the current air bag issue with Ford vehicles. While reviewing current recall on 04 Ranger I noticed NHTSA recall #11V3520000> the description of the vehicles malfunctions accurately describes a same issue I am currently having with my, when shifting from P to D or D to R a fuse will blow causing my turn signal, brake lights, and cruise control to become inoperative. I called my local Ford dealer service department about the issue and was told there were no recall notices for my vehicle VIN number. I'm wondering if there is an issue with the recall VIN database or if the parameters shouldn't be expanded to cover more applicable vehicles. In addition there was a recall for the same year and make vehicle as mine yet the service department doesn't show any recalls for my particular VIN.

- Centralia, MO, USA

problem #3

Nov 152013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 119,400 miles
The turn signal light stops flashing when turned on during normal driving conditions. When the signal is switch is turned on to activate the left or right signals, the lights do not flash as they normally would both inside the cab or outside on the signal lights. In review of previous recalls for similar vehicles on the website, NHTSA campaign number: 11V352000, and Ford recall number 11C18 seem to coincide with the issue I am having although my particular vehicle was not recalled via its VIN number. The recall details: "the multi-function switch was shipped with a subcomponent (slider) that may experience deformation. A multi-function switch with a deformed slider may malfunction causing the turn signal, tail lights, hazard warning signal flashers and/or brake lights not to activate." I would like to know if the recall can be extended to include my vehicle.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #2

Oct 172013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
The SRS passenger airbag on/off switch has a lightbulb that is hard wired into the board inside the switch module. It has a relatively short life span, and when the bulb burns out is causes the module to deactivate the SRS airbags in both the driver's side and the passengers side. This causes the occupant(s) to be unprotected as the airbags cannot deploy in the event of a collision. This is the 2nd occurrence of this in my vehicle in the last 4 years, and from what I have been able to glean in online research, this is a "known" problem...and no doubt one that Ford Motor Company is aware of, or should be aware of the existence of the problem, as I personally have reported this to Ford Motor Company. Ford Motor Company's willful neglect to remedy this situation by not changing the switch to allow for the easy and inexpensive replacement of a $1 led lightbulb to allow either the owner of the vehicle or a qualified automobile mechanic with the capabilities of testing for the continuity of the device is being done for the greed of the bottom line, and their total lack of care for the safety of the vehicle occupant(s). I have personally placed a call, and left a voice message on 10/29/13, for [xxx], Ford Motor Company's general counsel, to call me to discuss the issue, without the decency of a return call in over 24 hours. In the event that Ford Motor Company does not acknowledge this defect as a major safety defect...which to correct each time costs the owner of the vehicle somewhere in the neighborhood of $150 to $200 for the replacement "oem" part and labor, and also does not reimburse me for these (2) expenses, I will file a suit in U.S.federal court for the northern district of New Hampshire for the recovery of the actual, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as the possibility of expanding this to be a "class" filing.

- Litchfield, NH, USA

problem #1

Mar 062013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the brake lights malfunctioned and failed to illuminate when the brakes were engaged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the multi-function switch was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure but did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 11V352000 (exterior lighting). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 80,000.

- Stillwater , OK, USA

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