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Ford Ranger Starting Problems



  • i had replaced the alternator in my ranger then the battery went bad it was brand new i found out by process of elemination it was the fusabile link under the relay box by the brake booster
  • I am glad that I found your forum. We purchased a 2008 Ford Ranger 3 months ago, everything was good until it got cold outside. As soon as the temperature is around 0% C. the truck turns over but won't start. (usually have to try 3-4 times before it finally starts, then runs well, as soon as the engine gets cold, same thing, won't start)

    It has been in the shop more in the last month then at home.

    The dealership so far has replaced the fuel pump, fuse panel, a few relays, new computer and still when it is cold the truck won't start. We took it back again today. The dealer seems to be running out of options.

    We are starting to think we truly have a lemon, any thoughts?

    Thanks Donna
  • hey i have a 99 ford ranger 3.0 v6 flex fuel that is doing the same thing, not starting and i replace the crank sensor , checked the coil pack, the battery is good,,,, i have no clue what it is i'm about to try a new key and see if that works. did you ever find out the problem with yours? please respond
  • It is getting worst as it is getting colder out... Would just not start but crank.... Almost doesn't seem like its getting fuel or something... It would take me about 15 mins to 20 mins at times to get it started.... Attempting to crank and waiting... At first ... I'd smell alot of gas when I'd get it started ... but not so much anymore... Sometimes pressing down the accelerator helps.... Sounds like its beginning to struggle every time now starting up and the idle seems a bit low.... Any suggestions on getting this fix?? What should I try first?
  • my 95 ranger 4 cyl starts then dies and will not start after that it did this last sunday on thur i put it on a trailer took it to shop they pushed it in shop next day and it started right up its been doing this for a time and i let it sit for 15-30 min and it would start it will not start today have any ideas
  • check and or replace EEC relay sould solve problem.
  • check your grade of oil make sure you are using 5w20 or 0w20 sounds like the oil is moving slow.good luck .
  • bartibarti Posts: 1
    we have a 91 ranger and the key won't turn any ideas
  • I had an 89 Ranger, and the "key buzzer" (that annoying sound that supposedly keeps you from forgetting your keys in the ignition) broke and jammed the ignition in place. You could check for that.
  • The key buzzer is problem in many rangers including the 2000, the catch is you can't check it till you get the lock cylinder out which you can't do without turning the key. Take a normal metal key (not one of the plastic PATS keys) but one that is 100% metal and put it in the ignition. Then take a hammer or wrench and tap the key (not too hard) from lots of different angles, and try turning it occasionally, once it turns either start the truck or switch to your PATS key that you need to start it. You can then follow the rest of the procedure in the service manual for removing the lock core/buzzer switches.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Fords are notorious for jamming the ignition so the key will not turn. Assuming this is an automatic transmission.

    Do you know what I am talking about? If the car is stopped while parked on any incline at all and allowed to roll forward or backwards, the next time you put the key in, it may not turn.

    You will have to pull strongly on the steering wheel in one direction or the other to make the steering wheel lock-up linkages free up enough to turn the key. Usually you need to turn the direction where there is no 'play' at all in the steering.

    If you already knew about this, and have already tried this, I think you are going to be going into the key and lock cylinder in the steering column.
  • Last Friday I drove my 98 Ranger (5 speed manual trans) to work. After work, I ran a couple of errands then drove home. And parked in my driveway right behind my car. Sunday I go out to move the truck so I can drive my car to work Monday. Stick the key in and....nothing. The dome light doesn't come on, no starter, no headlights. The first thing that crosses my mind is someone stole the battery, but I open the hood and it's sitting right there. Stick a multimeter on it and it is fine, plenty of juice. I checked the fuses and they are OK. So the question is what could cause a truck sitting in a driveway to loose all power? :mad: Any ideas??

    THANKS!! :)
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Bad battery cable/s and/or connections, red and/or black.
  • Good idea, but one of the first things I checked.
  • I have a 2003 Ford Ranger XLT with 45,000. In the last week my mechanic has installed 2 fuel pumps and a new battery. He thought the first pump he installed was bad since it died at 65 mph on a busy interstate so he installed another one along with a new battery. After having it one day, it left me stranded again after only driving 10 miles.It wont turn over. Any ideas?
  • dawuidawui Posts: 1
    Came home from work on Wednesday night, the truck ran fine as always. Came out Thursday morning to go to work, turned the key, and it was idling as if someone had crossed all the spark plug wires. I checked them, they are all right. cleaned the contacts in the distributor cap and the rotor. Put new plugs in and nothing changed. Any suggestions? 1986 Ranger 2.9L 6 cyl Thxs in advance
  • muncymuncy Posts: 10
    my 1992 ford ranger will not start no fire to plugs had the coils checked and modular all so, what else could it be
  • rebelm42rebelm42 Posts: 1
    I ran my Ranger low on gas and it stalled out and now it will not restart. I think I hear the fuel pump when I switch it on but am not sure. What else can I check? Is there a fuel reset somewhere?
  • I went to take off after work, forgot the e brake was on and killed it. Had to push and pop clutch to get it started. Got it home now and put a new battery in it but there is still no power to run lights radio interior light ect. Any ideas? :(
  • Ok I put a new battery and solenoid in the ranger and still nothing comes on, I can use a screw driver on the solenod and get the engine to crank but it will not stay running.

    HELP????? :mad:
  • Have a 2003 4L V6 Automatic with new battery that won't hold a charge. Truck has been in storage for the last couple years, but it was started and made a few short trips while being stored. The alarm system is what killed the old battery but it is now disarmed. I've recharged the new battery and can go about a day and a half without losing enough power for it not to click the solenoid but not start. The alternator will charge the battery. Any idea what might be drawing down the battery?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Wild guess ??? Bad ignition switch????
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Is this an aftermarket security system? If so, 'disarming' doesn't take it out of the system. I would try to totally remove it.

    Problems like this is why I would never install an aftermarket security system or remote start. Their components and/or crappy connections break down and cause lots of problems as time goes by....
  • No, It was installed when the vehicle was new. I've charged the battery and have pulled the fuses for the alarm to see if that makes any difference. I've also found where all the wires on the security system lead to except the door unlock. Any ideas?

    I also agree not to instal a security sytem. I've had two vehicles with them and had nothing but trouble with them. Never again.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Was it a factory install or dealer install? Dealer install is just as bad as getting one at the local electronics or sound store.

    Otherwise, you are going to have to go into the 'usual' search for a power drain.

    Get a ampmeter that can handle 2 or 3 or more amps. Pull a fuse and put the ampmeter across the fuse contacts until you find the circuit that is pulling a big amp load. This just narrows the problem down to one circuit.

    Or get a Test Lamp that can also handle a couple of amps thru it. Pull one cable from the battery and wire the test lamp in series from the loose cable to the battery. The lamp should light up. Start pulling fuses until the light goes out, or dims down a lot. Again this just narrows the problem down to a circuit.

    To do further testing may just be guesswork of unplugging various things in this questionable circuit. Looking for pinched wires, etc.

    Finding what is draining a battery can be one of the toughest problems in a car. In may cases, a factory shop manual with wiring schemetic will be necessary.

    A tech that is a 'mechanic' and knows little about electronics may not be able to do this.

    P.S. If you have a sticking relay, the above testing may not work. Removing the power to a stuck relay, when you pull a fuse or remove battery cable, might cause it to reset correctly and then you will not be able to see the drain on a meter.

    Good luck. Finding a power drain is tough. I had a Caddy that would kill a battery in 2 days. Dealer did find it - replaced the radio/cassette/CD player. This probably was a thousand dollar part. Happy it was under warranty.
  • Thanks, great info. The alarm is a ford vehicle alarm but installed by the dealer. I had pulled all the fuses and looked for arching across the positive terminal on the battery. That didn't reveal anything so I've pulled the fuses on the alarm and left it hooked to the battery to see if I get the same drain. Thanks again for the help.

    P.S. Any idea where to find a wiring diagram for a 2003 Ford Ranger. I'm thinking of yanking the security system.
  • bmppmffbmppmff Posts: 1
    My 05 ranger shut off yesterday while at idle. It sputtered and shut off. It will not turns over but won't start at all. No warning lights have come on prior to that and I have had no other problems til now. What else can I do??
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    If the it's dealer installed, I consider it aftermarket. Probably still junk. Failed components inside the 'box/es' could be causing the problems. Cutting into wiring and and/or using the cheep clamp on connectors will cause future problems.
  • blueroachblueroach Posts: 1
    I had the same problem with my truck. Check the timing belt..
  • Thanks for all the help. I removed the security system and haven't had any problems. Your advice on the Alarm system was spot on.
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