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Ford Ranger Starting Problems



  • ranger91ranger91 Posts: 4
    I called a ford dealer and they told me that the starter is most likely defective. They said that because all the starter want to do is spin that it means that the teath of the starter aren't recessing back into the casing and thats whats causing it to keep spinning
  • I have a 98 ranger with the 2.5l. When trying to to start it all i get is a click sound. I pulled the starter off and had it tested. The said it was locked up. I put a new starter on and get the same thing. Just a clicking sound. My battery is fully charged. Is it possible for the replacement starter to be bad? If not are there any other ideas on where to look?
  • Warozz - same problem here. 94 ranger xtended 4 banger pushing 200k. Problem started late last summer swapped a couple possible sensors but once cooler weather arrived problem disappeared. Ran fine all winter. Now with heat and humidity returning problem is back. Starts fine when cold, once at operating temp will not start on hot days seemingly above 80 - below that and it seems to do fine although I have not kept track. When it won't start sometimes it will start after letting it sit for 10 to 30 minutes typically but on a few occasions late last summer and now this spring it has taken several hours the longest being around 4.

    My mechanic has been looking at it off and on for the last few days (and has had it most of the day today) and is so far stumped. He has checked fuel pressure, spark, trouble codes, etc. The latest development just a little while ago (hit 90 today) - I noticed when turning the key to the first position before starting - you should hear the fuel pump pressurize the system then stop when at pressure - the fuel pump is not stopping when ignition is in first position. I am betting that when the fuel pump does stop (meaning it is properly pressurized) that it will start. Letting it cool down as I type this and will give it a go in a bit and report back.

    Have you had any luck on your end? Thanks!
  • Sure enough! Tried it a few minutes ago. Turned ignition to first position - fuel pump ran for a few seconds then stopped - started right up. So it seems when the fuel pump keeps running the truck will not start so I'm assuming the fuel delivery system is not properly pressurized or there is a bad pressure sensor (if one exists) or it is just a faulty fuel pump. Will run my theory by my mechanic and see what he thinks. Will post results.
  • ngroverngrover Posts: 1
    My two wheel drive Ranger's starter died. We put a new starter in it and since then it has twice spontaneously started while in gear (both reverse and 1st) and drove itself into a tree and kept on running, digging one of its rear wheels into the ground up to the axel before the car finally died. It does not have a remote starter in it. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? Could it possibly be the new starter? I have it sold but I don't dare to give it to the new owner until I can fugure this out.
  • ironman9ironman9 Posts: 1
    94 ranger 3.0 v-6 drive for a while then shut off no spark wait ten minutes it starts intermite problem but put test light on coil both terminals light stays on even while cranking replaced control module (mounted on radiator support) no diffrence i do believe if you tap on power distribution box it seems to start any help thank-you
  • jsilver19jsilver19 Posts: 2
    I was having the same problem and could not figure it out for nothing. The problem is the crankshaft position sensor. It doesn't cost much and it will fix your problem. This sensor send a singal to the coil and fuel injection saying to work and not to work. Good luck.
  • jsilver19jsilver19 Posts: 2
    I was having the same problem and could not figure it out for nothing. The problem is the crankshaft position sensor. It doesn't cost much and it will fix your problem. This sensor send a singal to the coil and fuel injection saying to work and not to work. Good luck.
  • I have the same problem at first I thought it was my battery, starter, or alternator. Someone did suggest the sensor or fuel pump. My catalytic converter is fine as far as I know. I got my truck checked and nothing wrong with my starter, alternator or battery. So its the sensor? I have a 95 Ranger and it only happens when its hot out. Below 82 no problems. What causes the hesitation? So what is the problem when its hot it wont start or it'll start and die. I have to let it sit for a couple hours than it starts right up like nothing is wrong.
  • i have a 2002 ranger 3.0l 4x4 edge standard cab 5 spd. so with the key on i have power, the fuel pump starts and everything works.... then when i turn the key farther to start it something clicks and the power turns off like the battery is dead.... i tried jumping it, no success. i tried popping the clutch and it works. so i have fuel, spark, and air. but something happens when i turn the key. i am lost. what would cause the car to not turn over and kill all power when i turn the ignition from on to start?

    i am mechanically inclined, worked on cars a lot, but am at a complete loss and have no idea whats going on. if you have any advice please let me know.
  • rangerboyrangerboy Posts: 36
    My truck ran and started fine all day. Took the wife to the tanning store tonight and it will just click with nothing??? I have noticed my positive cable getting corroded and I've cleaned it a lot lately. When I keep turning the key it will click and my door locks will engage and disengage??? Is this an anti theft issue? I've tried arcing across the solonoid with a screwdriver. The battery is new. :confuse:
  • rangerboyrangerboy Posts: 36
    I started out the negative cable needed a new connector. Then I swapped all the relays around in the power distribution box. Still nothing. Guy at the Autozone said there might be some more relays underneath the dash. I found them and swapped them around and got nothing! I got to looking at the starter relay and figured it would be easy to change so I changed it. The truck still wouldn't start. I found my remote and changed the batteries to try and mess with the alarm system. I would hit the panic button and lock and unlock the doors. Next, I decided that I would tackle the starter since there is nothing open this weekend. Well, I finally got it off and had it tested. It failed! I put the new starter in and it fired right up! :)
  • abunoonabunoon Posts: 2
    My ranger was sputtering and it finally cut off. Now it wont start. it tries but wont turn over. I flipped the reset switch. any suggestions.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Bad fuel pump?
    Clogged fuel filter?
  • hyrockhyrock CanadaPosts: 2
    To All Ford Rangers that won't start when HOT !!
    My Dad has a 1994 with a 95-3 liter V-6, with coil type distributer.
    We had the same problem starts when cold, drive around for 30 mins, turn engine off, go to restart and usually won't ignite at all, until a couple hours later after its cooled off. Took to Ford dealer, crooks wanted to replace all sensors, analysis said it was DPFE sensor, replaced it but nothing changed. Replace the plug wires, and just maybe that worked because now the engine problem light on the dash has turned off -- waiting to see, our fingers crossed that this solved the starting problem, but I doubt it.

    Spoke to really good mechanic/friend who has own Rangers, he immediately said it is the square distributor cap (see website above); the problem is the stator/coil inside becomes faulty due to the heat, it is what divides the spark to the plug through a magnetic field. Probably needs to be replaced. The way to check it, is next time your engine does not start, lift one of the wires off of the distributor cap about 1/8 inch or less away from metal in open and see if a spark jumps when someone else turns the engine over. If not, that should be your problem. is lowest price in nation, $85.
    Good Luck!
  • adobeshadobesh Posts: 3
    First of all, i would like to apologize if this has been covered. I used the search but never really found my exact problem.I have a 91 Ford Ranger 4.0L 4x4. Yesterday, i went to work everything was fine. went to lunch, fine as well. After work, i went to start it and nothing. I get power when i turn the key and can compression start it. Also was able to jump the soleniod on the fender. So i replaced the soleniod and still nothing when i turn the key. I also bought a new starter and still nothing. I checked my fuses and ran my wires, everything appears to be fine. Any suggestions? Also, this may be foolish thinking, but oh well. I know my clutch is needing to be replaced. I have to push the pedal all the way to the floor and it starts to engage when only moved about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch :mad: could that have anything to do with it not starting? Because its not reaching its safety point? It still jumps from the soleniod with out any problems, so probably not. Just curious.

  • adobeshadobesh Posts: 3
    Nevermind guys, I searched alittle more and an going to try to replace my ignition switch and/or my safety lockout. Still curious if a going bad clutch would cause the same prob tho.

  • rainnrainn Posts: 3
    I am having the same problem with my 93 ranger, did you every find out what was making the starter keep spinning... :(
  • rainnrainn Posts: 3
    I am having the promblem with my 93 Ranger 4.0 I have replace just about everything and my starter is still spinning when its running.... is there anything you can help me out with... :cry:
  • I have a 94 ford ranger with a 2.3L. Its a manual and it will turn over without issue but wont fire up. I changed the fuel filter and plugs but the same thing happens. I need suggestions please.
  • Hi, I am experiencing the exact same problem with my '91 Ranger. I replaced the starter with a brand new one and it still wouldn't turn over. Just a loud click every time I turned the ignition key. I'm about to replace the starter relay because I'm guessing that's the problem, but I wanted to check and see how you resolved your starting issue - if at all. Thanks.
  • dimsdims Posts: 1
    My 95 ranger 2wd extra cab w/ manual 4 cylinder wont start. @ first I thought I might have turned the key to far to acc. and left the ignition on over night & drained the battery. But that wasn't it. it bump starts fine and re-started for awhile then stopped altogehter. Tested battery "Good", Alternator "Good", Replaced 9 yr old starter.( for piece of mind), and fender wall mounted seleniod. Now instead of a weak clicking sound theres a strong knocking sound from my starter, But still no start...:( I also checked all my fuses.... I need help
  • abunoonabunoon Posts: 2
    After sinking alot of money into parts thinking it was those, we realized the timing was off. Now it runs great. All i can say is the only money that was worth it was the $30.00 on a book on Rangers from the auto parts store.
  • I have a '93 3.0 liter with similar trouble.
    I beleive the problem may lie in the power distribution box.possibly in the contacts for the relay or grounding. i'm going to try cleaning the contacts with contact cleaner and oxy-acetylene torch tip cleaners.i will let you know if this helps.

    My truck is having intermittent fuel pump failure.I have swapped relays,changed fuel filter & fuel pump.Still having the same problem.If the problem is in the fuel pump relay contacts in the power distribution box then changing/swapping relays won't fix the trouble. The contacts may be dirty/corroded or become a loose fit.

    I hope this works, it seems there are a lot of rangers with similar problems.

    If any one knows or has any other ideas please reply. thanks
  • huntluhuntlu Posts: 1
    had the same problem with my 1994 replaced the fuel relays worked like a charm.
  • rhsmrhsm Posts: 1
    I keep blowing the fuse for the natural safety switch when starting. I have replaced the netuarl safety switch, starter &.ignition swicth. It will start a few times then the fuse will blow no matter what amp fuse I put in any ideas this a 1998 Ranger 4cyl with Manual tarnsmission With 233480 miles I also replaced the battery & starter relay
  • Truck began to start about half the time; other half only a click when key was turned. Replaced solenoid on fender wall and all was good for about 1-2 dozen starts. Then 1 turn of the key got the "click" response; after that another 10 or so good starts before total failure to start with only a click response. Replaced the replacement solenoid with no success. Jumping the solenoid yields the click but nothing else. Apparently there is sufficient charge in battery-lights etc are strong. What should I check/replace next? Thanks for your help.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    If the battery is truly strong, the first thing I would check is the battery cables.

    Both of them.

    Connections on both ends.

    Check for corrision inside the insulation.
  • Thanks for the advice Bolivar. I just checked the cables. I did not see any problem but I moved them to try to isolate them from any points of contact and it started a couple of times no problem. I hope this is not a red herring solution. Thanks again.
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