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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Need Help with a Rewire?

I bought myself a 96 ford ranger xlt. At some point in its history it was broken into and stolen via a hot wire. Needles to say considering the steering column is $170 it was never fixed and I bought it without an ignition. To start it I have to use a screwdriver to push the slide forward and then cross the solenoid under the hood. This wasn't so bad considering I bought it for $500 and it ran when I bought it. It still runs but when I occasionally stall it(yup it's a stick) it's a real bugger to restart quickly. I am more than happy to have a hot wire switch from the solenoid to a switch on my dash put in BUT mildly frightened to do it myself without some instructions. Can anyone help?

5 comments:

  1. Just run 2 heavy wires through the firewall and buy yourself this
    switch:

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  2. Is there any wrong way of running those wires? I've wired light switches and plugs but I know that doesn't make me an electrician, only means the house didn't burn down and 110v won't electrocute you.

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  3. 110v can kill you if grounded properly. Folks have been killed by 48 volts. You can wire these any way you want. I'm lazy, so I always pick the easiest way. Just get them from the solenoid, thru the firewall, to the dash, and mount a switch.

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  4. Don't assume (ass/u/me) that 110v will not kill you. A hundred years ago my neighbor had an electric fence around his corral to keep the horses from rubbing the fence. It was six (6) volts and when the ground was wet, it would knock a horse down.

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  5. always respect electricity, and fire. and always take precautions when dealing with either.

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