1997 Ford Ranger Starting problem

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#1

When I try to start my 97 Ford Ranger, I hear a sound like a circuit breaker tripping and then i have no power in the vehicle. After an hour or 2 the power is back on. I’ve changed the battery and starter solenoid, but still have the same problem.


#2

Is there someone you can get to help you track down the location of the ‘tripping breaker’? Perhaps the noise is a relay tripping.

Check the underhood fuse/relay box.

If the noise IS from a relay, once you locate it you should be able to trace the circuit.
There may be a short there.


#3

check battery cable connections and inside wires, dirty ones cause more draw and may trip breaker


#4

Get a voltmeter and check the wiring between the battery and the fuse panel when the trouble is happening. I don’t think this problem is happening due to a circuit breaker due to the long time period it takes to get power back. A breaker would only take a number of seconds to reset.