Engine cuts out and instrument lights flicker when I turn on headlights or flash high beams

Asked by Dec 28, 2014 at 08:46 AM about the 1999 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab Stepside 4WD SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

While driving at any speed and turn on headlights or flash high beams, my engine will die also causing all gauges and warning lights to come on.  Even the tachometer and speedometer dance up and down as though an alien space ship is hovering over me.
A friend suggests this could caused by my alternator has gone bad.
What is your opinion?
MARK

2 Answers

104,085

Could very well be just a loose/dirty battery connection. Also tighten and clean the negative battery connections going to the frame and motor

45

Your friend is on the right track. One of mine went out cold turkey after a busy intersection. All lights flashing, engine stutter and then gone.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Ford Ranger Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Ford Ranger Experts

#1 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,390
#2 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 1,160
#3 Tracy Hooks
Tracy Hooks
Reputation 730
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
3,213 Great Deals out of 205,088 listings starting at $1,779
Used Toyota Tacoma
710 Great Deals out of 32,122 listings starting at $2,000
Used Nissan Frontier
477 Great Deals out of 22,550 listings starting at $2,200
Used Chevrolet S-10
10 Great Deals out of 1,632 listings starting at $1,795
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,741 Great Deals out of 149,178 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Dakota
128 Great Deals out of 4,388 listings starting at $995
Used Dodge Ram 1500
528 Great Deals out of 13,261 listings starting at $1,800
Used Jeep Wrangler
490 Great Deals out of 17,959 listings starting at $2,950
Used Ford Mustang
583 Great Deals out of 41,215 listings starting at $1,699
Used GMC Sierra 1500
1,055 Great Deals out of 58,726 listings starting at $1,599
Used Toyota Tundra
640 Great Deals out of 27,761 listings starting at $3,200
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
476 Great Deals out of 41,916 listings starting at $1,999

Used Cars For Sale

2011 Ford Ranger For Sale
59 Great Deals out of 1,242 listings starting at $4,777
2010 Ford Ranger For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 508 listings starting at $3,450
2009 Ford Ranger For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 395 listings starting at $3,999
2008 Ford Ranger For Sale
21 Great Deals out of 545 listings starting at $3,499
2007 Ford Ranger For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 392 listings starting at $1,995