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 Posted: Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 12:49 am
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I have what I'm thinking is a ground problem. Sometimes when I hit the brakes my fog lights will come on. I'm no electrician so help is needed and descriptions need to be dumbed up. Lol



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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 08:49 pm
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All the way or just dim



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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 10:20 pm
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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2019 10:45 pm
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Bad grounds can cause your problems, and usually the next closest lights to the bad ground will be effected !

The best fix, IMHO, would be to as follows:

For the Fog Lights, run a new ground wire from either the Light housing or install a new ground from the socket, back to the battery.

For the Brakes, replace the existing ground wire.  Do both sides, can't hurt.
Mine on my '03 came together as one in the middle of the Tire Carrier Shield.

1) Go one size larger on the wire gauge.
2) Clean the connection points to bare metal and add two external tooth star  lock washers to each wire connection; one below and one above the wire lug.
3) Seal the Connection with a good grade corrosion inhibitor.

Check your headlight ground connection, they usually have problems too, AND maybe the same location as the Fog lights.
Another thing to check, find the Body Ground Strap, usually in the engine bay, they corrode and you never know it until you find problems that are hard to trace to that gourd wire.

NOTE: When I add lighting or upgrade existing lighting, I ALWAYS run a new ground wire back to the battery area.  The Battery connection can be either a terminal strip to connect multi wires, or just connect to the battery terminal.
New Ground wiring can eliminate all kinds of electrical problems.

Last edited on Tue Feb 5th, 2019 10:47 pm by Scrambler82



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If it is all the way something is energizing the relay.

This can be the result of a LED mod gone bad or another electrical mod gone bad or a short.

The first thing anyone should buy for their ranger is a EVTM or wiring diagram whatever they call it per year. Makes the mysterious understandable.



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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2019 02:43 pm
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Oh I forgot to report. After running a new cab ground all is fixed. Not sure where my old cab ground went but a new wire fixed it. I even added a few more grounds



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Grounding can be a nightmare; the body ground is a big one that is so often over looked.  A simple braided strap can cause a lot of headaches until notices.

Although never done, grounds should be checked once in a while.

The big ones are in the engine bay, alt, engine, starter, and body, to the frame and then back to the battery. Anything added, lights, Amp, even a new radio, should have a new ground back to the battery or grounding terminal strip.

I had an electrical problem in my first Mustang, a '67 GT, 390, 4-sp.   The tail lights, brake and license plate, would stay on all the time.  If the engine was running it was ok but park it and the battery was sure to be dead when I returned.   The problem was traced to the grounding of the Fog Lights via the Dash Switch, once I replaced the wiring and Fog light housings, everything was back to normal and I was out hunting Chevy.

Glad you found the problem, now on to better things !

Last edited on Sat Feb 9th, 2019 04:52 pm by Scrambler82



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