really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,719 miles

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2004 Ford Ranger electrical problems

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2004 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #12

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 Ranger.ie, 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 #11

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 www.recall.gov 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 #10

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 #9

Dec 032011


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that there was a hole burnt through the wiring harness. The contact was informed of the failure while having a thermostat replaced by an independent mechanic. The contact was also informed that the failure could cause a fire. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the failure was not covered by warranty. The failure and current mileages were 62,000.

- Ridgeland , SC, USA

problem #8

Jan 172011


  • 52,000 miles
Horn and windshield wipers come on when I turn on headlights on 2004 Ford Ranger XLT.

- Atlanta, TX, USA

problem #7

Jan 012008


  • 25,000 miles
Windshield wipers frequently either do not work at all or will stop working in the middle of operation. Condition comes and goes with no apparent warning or trigger. Condition occurs in all kinds of weather or operating conditions.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #6

Jul 252010


  • 96,000 miles


On 7/25/2010, a problem suddenly started occurring with my 2004 Ford Ranger edge pickup. When I turn on the "headlights", the "windshield-wipers" immediately activate at high speed, and will not turn off as long as the headlights are turned on. In addition, the "wipers" starts by "shooting water on my windshield" also.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 282010


  • 108,000 miles
Two days ago I needed to replace my fuel filter. After doing so I needed to reset the "fuel shut off" switch. The problem appeared to be solved, but it wasn't!! now my truck just stops running as I'm driving and I need to pull over and push the fuel switch again! when it stops all of my power is shut off...this is so frightening and extremely dangerous. It has happened twice just since I changed the filter two days ago. I'm afraid to even drive my truck now. It is obvious that the fuel shut off switch has a short in it. Now I am going to have to pay a mechanic to look at it and who knows how much that will run me? shame on the Ford Motor Company, I've always trusted them but I guess it's time to switch...

- Raymond, WA, USA

problem #4

Jun 032010


  • 62,224 miles
The inertia switch on my 2004 Ford Ranger tripped 4 times in one day, after I had it towed 30 miles, thinking my fuel pump had died.

- Westville, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 172010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the windshield wipers turned on when the contact turned the headlights on. The wipers would not turn off. The horn also started honking and the windshield washer started spraying fluid. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership but the dealer could not find a reason for the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000. The current mileage is approximately 90,500.

- Sterling , IL, USA

problem #2

Feb 242010

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2004 Ford Ranger, while driving engine shuts-off. The consumer stated several dealers and auto shops were unable to duplicate the problem.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 172009


  • miles
The inertia switch hs tripped itself a total of 5 times on my 2004 Ford Ranger, causing the car to shut down as I was driving.

- Northampton, MA, USA

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