definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,950 miles

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2008 Ford Ranger electrical problems

electrical problem

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2008 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 062016


  • 57,000 miles


The dash lights would blink intermediately and if the truck was turned off while that is happening, the engine immobilizer would engage and the truck would not start. I drove the truck this way for a while and just let it run and not shut it off. Ford didn;T know what was causing it. Eventually I found out that the wiring harness that came together in a Y shape, and was supposed to be securely taped only had one strand of tape wrapped around the wires. The metal, where the wires went through had rubbed through the one strand of electrical tape and into one of the wires occasionally shorting it out, thus setting off the engine immobilizer. I bought the truck new so it had to have came from the factory that way. It had less than 50 thousand miles when it started and you would never know when it was going to do it, sitting, driving, city, highway, but usually always running, unless it was shut off while it was doing it and then tried starting it again. It would not crank over, just like there was no battery in it. It was my first new vehicle and what a disappointment. The truck was wired for fog lights but no lights themselves in it, just plastic covers. The short was on the fog light wire where the wires went through the front metal pannel the radiator was bolted on. I wrote in before complaining about this but had not found out what it was then. Ford said it may be the cluster, but it wasn't. they also said they didnt know for sure what it was. It went on last year till I fixed it this year with a roll of electrical tape that Ford was either too cheap to use or poor workmanship. It started last year and took me till this year to fix it.

- Macksburg, OH, USA

problem #4

Jun 172015


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Ranger. While driving various speeds, the engine stalled and the entire instrument panel illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,000. MA 08/13/15

- Macksburg , OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 122014


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the anti theft system engaged without warning. The contact mentioned that instrument panel went completely blank and the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that there was moisture and corrosion on the wire connectors. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 82,000.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 022013


  • 23,000 miles
Monday 6/3/13 went to start car and nothing happened. You hear clicking in the fuse box on the passenger side and in the engine compartment. Put key to just before start or accessories and the lights come on and radio turns on but if you touch the breaks it all shorts out. Turn the key to start and it all shorts out and fuse area starts clicking. Drove the car Sunday night and it was fine. Never had an issue with anything on this truck until Monday morning when I went to go somewhere. Totally baffled on what's wrong. Only thing I know is it rained on Sunday night Monday am"????" its seems like the ground is shorting things out.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 082008


  • 749 miles
2008 Ford Ranger. Has been in the shop now (6) time for the same problem. The engine light comes on. When this happens, the RPM's go up, the truck has no power, and stalls. Some times when the engine light comes on. I'm in stop and go traffic. The RPM's go up so high, that I have to put both feet on the brake, to avoid hitting the car in front of me. I have spent so much time, trying to get the this problem taken care of. The truck only has 5949 miles on it. This time it was in the shop for (8) days. Ford called, and said the tuck was ready/ repaired. Drove the truck 83 miles. Same problem. Now it sits at the dealership. I'm wondering what's going to happen, next? this all started at 749 miles. Ford even sent there engineers out to replace the dash cluster harness. Didn't work. Ford engineers came back out, and changed the fuel sensor. That didn't work. Ford engineers changed the 4022 and the 2022 pins. Still didn't work. They have retested the system. Same problem time after time. They now refuse to lemon law the truck. How much more of this, should I have to take, before someone gets hurt. This is a safety problem. I have contacted the Ford Motor Company customer relations. Talked with everyone, you could possible think of. But it never gets repaired right.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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