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Ford Ranger Starting Problems

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  • Could you give a little more detail on where the cam sensor is located, sounds like I have the same problem on my 2003 V6 4.0 ranger and am having a hard time finding it.
  • madattruckmadattruck Posts: 2
    edited February 2010
    okay here is how the whole ordeal finally ended.................after 4 fuel pumps......and 4 different relay switches..............2 different ford companie working in and firestone...............the burnt out starter.................so finally went to another ford company..............they replaced starter..........they told me it was fuel pump.............i laughed.....they repkaced it and guess what they called and stated it wasn;t the fuel pump..........lol after two more days they called back and stated it was a short in the wiring going to the fuel pump.............cost another 379.00 and finally i have had no problems with my truck..................
    yeah yeah yeah.......................... took almost 3 months for someone to figure out.
    hats off to landmark ford in portland oregon......................... i was ready to run truck off cliff........lol there is also some relay switch located passenger front sidewall that shuts the gas off incase you are in a wreck..........you may check that out
  • It's located on the passenger side in the front of the engine. When disassembling,someon else removed all the wiring and head and couldn't remember where the extra wire came from.
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    Hope this helps.">
  • Was driving at a steady speed and everything(except the radio) shut down on me. There is a continous clicking sound under the dash and now the truck wont crank. Think its the anti-theft system but cant figure out how to reset it so the truck will run. Does anyone know what that problem could be????
  • 94splash94splash Posts: 1
    I have a 1994 ford ranger splash with the 4.0 ohv and it runs fine but in the morning when i first start it it takes like 6-7 times before it will start and after that its fine unless i let it sit for 2-3 hours then it takes about 3-4 times before it starts. Can anyone help me with that just reply or email me at cvillesmostwanted420@yahoo.com thanks.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    There are 2 temp sensor, both on the top of the thermostat housing, or nearby, I think.

    1 sensor drives the temp guage in the dash.

    The other sensor tells the 'computer' if it is a cold start or a hot start. Which makes a lot of difference in how much fuel is injected. This sensor is bad. If the truck is hot, it starts fine. If cold, not so fine. The sensor giving the problem has 2 wires, and usually are a black and yellow wire twisted together. Replace it.
  • fordgirl77fordgirl77 Posts: 15
    edited April 2010
    I have a 1994 Ford Ranger & have the same problem. It may be the fuel pump relay. Sometimes mine won't start especially after i have driven it a while. My ac don't work so I changed the fuel pump relay with the ac relay & it started right up. The fuel pump relay is good & i think it just gets hot & quits. But I switched the ac relay & fuel pump relay out every time it does it. And there is nothing wrong with either of them. Just a Ford malfunction. In my opinion they should have had a recall on this problem. I figured it out on my own the first time it did it. The previous owner replaced the coil packs & it didn't fix it. So every time mine does this I just switch the relays around, & it works fine. A mechanic just wants money so I work on my own truck. Let me know if this helps.
  • I have a 1994 Ford Ranger & have the same problem. It may be the fuel pump relay. Sometimes mine won't start especially after i have driven it a while. My ac don't work so I changed the fuel pump relay with the ac relay & it started right up. The fuel pump relay is good & i think it just gets hot & quits. But I switched the ac relay & fuel pump relay out every time it does it. And there is nothing wrong with either of them. Just a Ford malfunction. In my opinion they should have had a recall on this problem. I figured it out on my own the first time it did it. The previous owner replaced the coil packs & it didn't fix it. So every time mine does this I just switch the relays around, & it works fine. A mechanic just wants money so I work on my own truck. Let me know if this helps.
  • I have a 1994 Ford Ranger & have the same problem. It may be the fuel pump relay. Sometimes mine won't start especially after i have driven it a while. My ac don't work so I changed the fuel pump relay with the ac relay & it started right up. The fuel pump relay is good & i think it just gets hot & quits. But I switched the ac relay & fuel pump relay out every time it does it. And there is nothing wrong with either of them. Just a Ford malfunction. In my opinion they should have had a recall on this problem. I figured it out on my own the first time it did it. The previous owner replaced the coil packs & it didn't fix it. So every time mine does this I just switch the relays around, & it works fine. A mechanic just wants money so I work on my own truck. Let me know if this helps.
  • spn81spn81 Posts: 1
    edited May 2010
    My 1991 Ford Ranger 6.0, 3.0, won't start when warm. I replaced the coils and the device that sends spark, but it still wont start when warm. I am getting spark. I also replaced the starter and the starter cellunoid, and the thermostat, any ideas???
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Did you read the message just before yours?

    Check the relay/s.
  • 94problems94problems Posts: 1
    edited May 2010
    i have a 1994 ranger 3.0 standard cab, automatic tranny..... i have changed the starter, solenoid, the fuel pump, fuel pump relay, plugs, plug wires, the battery, and it still has intermittinent starting problems. like today it just started right up and i moved the truck forward to hook up the flatbed and when i went to restart the truck... nothing. any advice would be helpful, im stumped on what else there is to possibly replace
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Check both battery cables. Corrosion inside the insulation.
  • fordgirl77fordgirl77 Posts: 15
    Have you tried the switching the relays around? It is in the fuse box under the hood on the driver side. Try that then let me know.
  • your on the right track,I've seen this problem at so many sites, i know the temporary fix, took me for ever to search the web and finally found the real fix, it made sense knowing the temp fix, if you open the hood and pound on the relay box your truck will start, sometimes it will shake lose with just shutting the hood hard, but about the time you rely on that you get in your truck and it wont start so i just hit it hard on top on the black box behind the battery, starts every time, i found a post that said it was the voltage relay which makes sense since there is a moving part in a relay i believe, i am going to get one tomorrow, i have a feeling it will fix the problem. i have been dealing with this for five years now, i have very little faith in any fix, seeing as sometimes it goes 6 months without happening, then do it every other day.
  • the sixth month period that it started every time was after i replaced the fuel relay, there are three relays in that box i am going to replace the other 2 tomorrow since i know pounding on the box or even rarely having to pull on the wires underneath the relay box works, i have never been stranded in five years of dealing with this, if the replacing of the three relays does'nt work (which is a cheap fix) i guess it's just a faulty relay box. I have notice if it doesnt start on the first turn over not to try at all, it is so reliable every other time it starts so easily i love my truck, but when it wont start i open the hood pound that box hard and it starts up ever time.
  • fordgirl77fordgirl77 Posts: 15
    I would say that probably is true about the faulty relay box. But mine usually only does it when it's hot outside or I have been driving awhile. Then I switch the fuel pump relay with the ac relay then it starts right up. Sometimes mine can just sit in the heat & not be started all day & won't start. If it doesn't start the first time I just switch the relays around & then it starts up but idles weird, then after about 15 min it clears up. In my opinion they should have had a recall. I love my truck even though I bought it 3 months ago, but I had a 95 & hated to give it up. This problem is the only reson the seller got rid of it. He put brand new coil packs, starter, all plugs & wires & he didn't know what it was. But he said after it cooled down it would start just fine. After I got it & it did it the first time on me, my mechanical instinct kicked in & that's exactly what I did was change the relays around & it started right up.
  • fordgirl77fordgirl77 Posts: 15
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  • peequaapeequaa Posts: 1
    I have a1998 Ranger XLT bought new,I now have 84000 miles on it,4cyl. automatic trans.I left the ignition switch in the on position (truck not running} dumb I know,but that's what I did.It was on for about 2 or3 hours..When I tried to start it it wouldn't even attempt to start.Tried to jump start,but nothing.Took battery to get checked,it showed good.I've worked on a few older cars in my day, but with all the electronic items in there now,I'm lost. I would appreciate some suggestions.Thanx
  • olwelolwel Posts: 1
    edited June 2010
    1993 Ford Ranger with a 2.3 it spins over but no fire changed crank sensor icm module an still no fire
    could it be the bran , icm module has a good ground it has fule pressure just no fire,checked all wires with ohm meter no shorts
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