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Q: Nothing happens when I turn the key! on 1995 Ford Ranger

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No headlights, domelight,radio, dashlights, etc. There is absolutley nothing happening.
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Check your battery for a charge. If your battery has a charge, then this is probably your ignition switch. If your key won't turn at all, then you need to replace the whole cylinder assembly. Otherwise, it should be the ignition switch.
Thanks man, but I mentioned that the key does turn. The battery has a good charge. I was able to jump it this morning, then I turned it off to see if it would crank and nothing, just like last night. No lights, no radio, no dome, no nothing! Thoughts?
I have been having the same problem with my 1997 Ranger the past few days. I went to drive it & it wouldn't start, but we were able to push start it. Went out to my friend's shop & put my battery on a charger for several hours, but this didn't work. Neither did a jump start OR putting a different battery in instead. Initially my headlights would turn on and the panel lights, however then I got nothing. Today with a fully charged battery my panel lights would turn on, but still not my headlights (I didn't even bother trying the radio & my dome light is broken) and it would would make the dinging sound when I would turn the key, but the engine wouldn't even TRY to turn over. My battery cables ARE pretty corroded, but if that were the problem then it seems like I wouldn't be able to get enough power to turn on the panel lights. I have been getting a clicking sound as if the starter is attempting to engage, by the way. Sorry that this isn't an answer for you, but I am trying to figure out a similar problem it sounds like...
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