Did something to my 2003 Ranger that I should have done years ago. On 1997-2000 Ford F150's, the multifunction switch points up. On 1995-2003 Rangers, it points down.
I've read about a few guys swapping the F150 version in, but never saw any good tech info on it, so I've neglected to try it. I recently came across a good deal on a NOS Motorcraft version, so decided now was the time.
I found out pretty quickly it was not a plug and play swap on my truck even though the connectors were identical. In 1999, Ford changed the resistance values for the wiper controls, meaning that when I went to turn on the wipers, they only worked in the high setting (no intermittent controls at all), and then I could not shut them off.
To fix this, I was able to partially disassemble the F150 stalk, and cut the wiring for the resistance chip that is behind the wiper knob. I did the same on the Ranger stalk, and then fished both resistance chips out of their stalks. I implanted the Ranger chip to the F150 stalk, and then soldered the wires back together (both chips had the same color wires). After heat shrink, I reassembled the F150 stalk and installed it into my truck.
I now have full control of the wipers with a lever that points upwards rather than downwards. After twelve years, I finally will no longer disengage the turn signal when I move my knee to engage the clutch.
-Shaun (Florida resident, but not thy Florida Man)
-1980ish Ford F350 Ranger XLT 4x4 460/T19/D60-10.25 Sterling
-2003 Ford Ranger Edge 3.0 V6/M5OD/8.8
-2002 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0 V6/5R44E/7.5
-1980 Ford F150 Ranger Lariat 4x4 400/C6/D44-9"
-2000 Ford Ranger Sport 2.5 I4/4R44E/7.5
"I didn't choose the Ford Truck life, the Ford Truck life chose me."