Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Gulf Shores Alabama
Bronco Info: 1994 Eddie Bauer 5.8
Electrical issues, possibly a short?
First things first, Merry Christmas!!!
I am hoping to pick up some advice on where to start looking to resolve an electrical issue. The background and vehicle;
1994 Bronco, Eddie Bauer 5.8 (new Ford motor I replaced last year) I am the original owner.
I had some issues with the ignition recently (key spinning around and failed to start occasionally) so I replaced that with no issues. However the starter which was starting to go bad decided it was time to fail completely so I replaced that. So far so good with those two parts replaced, went and checked the battery and cables all good there, battery and alternator all check out charging and holding a charge.
Then today the truck wouldn't start, just dead, no cabin lights no dashlights, check engine light, nothing. Checked the battery it's charged up and good but I noticed the ground was hot to the touch. So I am assuming a short somewhere. Here's where I am a bit limited, I don't know where to start troubleshooting a short like this, It's very possible that this may have been going on for sometime and I just haven't noticed it until today.
I can be methodical and follow schematics but I really don't even know where to begin other than starting at the battery and working my way back from there. I'm thinking there are a few other well known points of failures that I might want to check out before I start opening up wiring harnesses and and testing wires and would gladly welcome any suggestions or pointers.
Thanks in advance for any advice you all may have!