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Ford Ranger Starting Problems



  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    That sounds like a fuel pump issue, not an electrical problem. And at almost 20 years old, that's not too bad if it's still the original factory pump.

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  • I have a 2004 ford ranger edge with the 3.0 6 cylinder with 217,000 miles. Check engine light came on almost 2 years ago with around 140,000 miles. Ford said that it was coming back as lean fuel and that the fuel pump was not pumping to full compacity. I replaced the fuel cap instead of replacing the pump and the check engine light stayed off for about 2 months before coming back on. It has been on ever since. About 6 months ago every once in a while when gas level dropped around 3/8 of a tank or less and it had been being driven for 4 or more hours at a time it would start cutting out and jerking. You could even stop and kill it and let it set for 10 to 15 minutes and it would still cut out and jerk. But if you stopped and put 3 or more gallons of gas in it, it would run fine. It did not do this often, just every now and than. A couple of nights ago while driving it just cut off. So I checked the fuses and relays to the fuel pump and the powertrain control module which were ok. Also checked the spark plug wires and I am getting fire. Could not hear the fuel pump kick in so I put in a new motor craft fuel pump and fuel filter. It still does not start. Listened but cannot hear the new fuel pump kick in when turning on the key. When installing the new pump I checked to make sure that there was voltage in the wires to the pump and there was when key was turned on. Not sure where to go from here. Was wondering if it might be the computer or powertrain control module that might be bad. Has anybody had an issue like this or have any idea what might be wrong?
  • kev_mac007kev_mac007 Posts: 1
    hey i need help with my 1995 ford ranger. first i will tell you what happened. i woke up in the morning and tried to start my truck and turned out that my starter was fried. so i bought a new one and put it on.and decided that it would be a good idea to change the solenoid at the same time. mind you the solenoid was working fine before i changed it. now how ever i have no power to any lights or the interior of the truck, unless i jump the solenoid and hold the key in the forward possition. any help would be much appreciated.
  • My 03 ranger won't start after a little driving it turns over sputters runs flat for a few seconds then stops. Has good fuel pressure have it towed to the shop and it will then start for them. Can't afford the $65 towing bill so they can't find the problem the truck only has 19,000 miles!! Forddriver3
  • 1995 Ford Ranger 4 cylinder 200k+

    Hi all, I am having some start up problems and having trouble narrowing down the cause. It should be noted (please don't just assume this is the problem, I only mention it because it should be noted and kept in mind) this truck has had electrical problems since it came off the lot waaay back when. I have even had to create a switch to the fuse panel for turning off the door ding because it would drain the battery down even while just sitting. Also, I do not drive/get out much, only about once a week and even then only a few miles at a time (I mention this because I did read that this type of driving can be hard on a battery so I thought it worth mentioning).

    It start a month ago when the truck just did not turn over at all, just that clicking sound. Radio and lights all worked fine but nothing else. It ended up turning over and starting a few minutes/tries later and acted fine for about a month. Then it just didn't start at all, same as before but no matter how many tries or how long I waited it did nothing, even jumping it would do nothing. We assumed it was the starter so we took it off and had it tested, it came back fine. We then tested the battery and found out it had a bad cell (or two), so we replaced it and it was fine for about a week or two. Right off the bat, I could tell (only slightly but it was there) that it was having a hard time turning over. Today it had a very hard time turning over and after a quick trip to the gas station it did the exact same thing as before - it would click and the radio, lights, etc.. worked fine but it would not turn over at all, even while trying to jump it.

    Since it was acting exactly like before I naturally assumed the cells had gone bad and that I had gotten a bad battery (would not be the first time for me). We popped the clutch to get it started and it did, so we headed to the store. The battery tests came back good, all systems worked perfectly even under a load test. We put the battery back in but noticed part of the ground/negative cable was a bit loose and tightened it up (again, I just thought this was worth mentioning but I cannot say definitively that this was the problem). Well, it ended up starting though it did have a hard time turning over again. We took a couple of quick trips (2-3) here and there, turning the truck off and sitting for a while then starting it back up again. It continued to work fine, no turning over problems after that initial start up.

    It just seems to be very erratic about how it acts which is why I wanted to post here and get some advice/help. It doesn't seem to be the alternator because again the battery tests came back clean and it would definitely have been dead by now given the amount of use and time since I replaced the battery. We are inclined to think that it might be bad cables and that is the next troubleshoot as soon as we can get around to it (I will post afterwards but it might take time to truly see if that was the problem or not). The starter tested fined a couple of weeks ago when had the last problem, although I guess that does not rule it out 100%. Maybe the solenoid as well?

    What is everyone's opinions? Many thanks in advance for any help!
  • i am having an issue with my 2000 ranger with 126k miles on it. i was driving home than all of a sudden i lost my rpm's, mph, and battery gauges. radio went out lights went out and the truck shut off. i thought it was the alternator BUT it did not kill my battery i waited about 20 minutes and the truck started right up drove it about 2 miles and it did the same thing, it seems to die completely after a couple miles but she starts back up, Weird?. any help would be greatly appreciated thank you.
  • i check all battery cables n cleaned the terminals on the battery,
  • just saw your reply .. I did end up replacing the fuel pump because one morning when leaving for work the truck would not start at all. I had my dad come over to look at it and he told me that the fuel pump wasnt kicking on. so I got a new fuel pump and still no luck and tested the one that we took out. put a battery charger to and it kicked on .. idk what wire he took and grounded it to the frame of the truck but it worked and the truck starts now but that still didn't solve the problem because it still has issues with starting because there isn't a connection being made somewhere :(
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Could very well be another loose ground wire somewhere. Check the battery ground and any others you can find to make sure they're tight and not corroded.

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  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Fuel pump problems can be caused by a bad fuel pump relay. The relay is in the box under the hood. Many times there are identical ones in there and you can switch another into the fuel pump slot and see if this starts the car. These relays can also get corrosion on the plug in contacts and cause problems.
  • rigs1rigs1 Posts: 1
    edited October 2013
    97 ranger V6 4.0 4X4 Ive been the only wonder of the truck and never had major problems just wear and tear. One day the truck did not start. So I decided to let the truck sit and try the next day. The truck started right up. Drove to work, came home from work, parked the truck,and a couple of hours later all I got was 1 click. I was told it was the starter. To bang on the stater and if it starts, The problems is the starter. The truck did not start. I tried the next day to start the truck and again 1 click. I was told it could be the ignition slyonyde which is located in the left side fender next to battery. I Replaced the slynoyde & starter and still nothing.I was then told to replace the positive battery cable & purchase a new battery. Still nothing. Now, I've decided to back track my purchases.started taking off what I purchased to make sure I installed everything correctly. In the process I dropped the starter breaking it where it bolts onto the I go to purchase a new starter. As I show them the starter that I purchased they're asking me "information about the truck" to help get a new starter. That's when he realized I was given a starter for my truck but that it was intened for a stick shift/ manual truck. My truck is an automatic totally DIFFERENT starters. This would be my first time installing a starter I did realize there would be a difference in automatic and manual. Purchased the CORRECT starter. Took 10 minutes to install and truck fired right up.So, back track & double check your work and MAKE SURE YOURE GETTING ALL THE RIGHT PARTS AND I HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE. ALOHA.
  • First of all-thanks fro a great forum. There's a TON of good information here.

    Second I have a 1994 Ranger 2.3L (223,000 miles) thats finally dead I think, LOL. Ihave done alot of work on it, and succeeded, so if anyone here has questions about one, let me know if I can help.

    My issue now is that it will start, and run great, but every once in awhile miss very hard, and quick, then continue on driving. I also see at times that the engine light will come on, and stay on while the truck idles very low, but I can still drive it. I can turn it off, restart it, and it will run ok again until it gets warmed up, and then it does the hard missing issue again. I can drive at 40moh, watch the tach, then it will miss-and the tach drops to zero-then it goes right back to 40mph again It will do this once ine awhile, or it will do this a couple times as I drive. I am thinking its the head gasket maybe? Anybody have any ideas? Thanks.

  • mbulombulo Posts: 1
    my ford ranger non turbo wl wont start by starter motor it just crunks like there is no fuel but when pushing it starts easy what could be the problem
  • I have a 95 mazda b 3000 with a 3.0 in it I am racking my brain new battery great spark great fuel pressure and 108 psi on cylinder pressure now when it gets below 32 degreese it will try to start but just dies out but when the temp outside is above 32 it runs like a brand new truck HELP
  • I have a 1992 Ranger two wheel drive 2.3lit 4 cyl 5spd stick. When its warm outside it'll start after a few times, but when its cold, it'll turn over a zillion times until the battery dies. I'd place it on charge and after a few more cranks it'll finally start.

    After it starts it runs fine, lots of power, idles good, etc. However if I go somewhere and it sits for more than 3 hrs (I carry a jump box and a spare battery), I go through the same BS. I checked the MAF & the TBS sensors and they're fine. Fuel pump is fine also. In fact, at one time I figured it was a fuel problem, however, after squirting in some starting fluid and it still won't start?

    I've been a mechanic for over 45 years and this vehicle (along with my girl friend"s 2000 KIA) has me baffled.

    I think it may be in the main fuse / relay box under the hood. One day as I was farting around with it (key off) I bumped into the box and heard the fuel pump kick in. Now I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but I do believe the pump shouldn't kick in unless the key is on.

    I believe I'm gonna finish building my 1972 VW Karmann Chia and my 1976 Chevy van and toss any computerized vehicle in the scrap heap. Maybe even finish my 1981 HD project while I'm at it

    When I parked my van, it had 850,000 miles on the original drive train. Didn't quite make it to a million miles.

    The Chia got around 30mpg hwy and the van (the work horse) got around 12. I never had any major problem's with either.

    Oh well.

    Shal ' aam Aleichem
  • harleystooharleystoo Posts: 1
    edited November 2015
    Fixed it! 1991 Six Cylinder 3.0L was not starting well all the times. Sometimes just fine starting and others very complicated and running with two or three cylinders first. Once it got going, no problem at all. Also hill start was much easier than cranking it to get going. So problem was a intake leak. One of the clamps holding the black rubber connecting tube between airfilter and injector body was loose. If you have similar problems check your intake for leaks. Easy and inexpensive fix for a frustrating problem.
  • This thread has been quite useful. I have a pretty confusing situation. My 94 Ranger turns over but won't start. I've replaced the relay, fuel pump, the fuel filter, and I've checked the inertia switch under the dash (which doesn't look like it's been tripped), and my truck still won't start. I also checked for a spark from the spark plug line and I do get spark. So I'm looking for suggestions on what else I can try. I know it's not spark or electrical issue. It has to be some sort of issue with the truck not getting fuel, but I'm not sure what else to do. Can an inertia switch go bad? I have a hard time believing that's what it is though. Any suggestions is much appreciated.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,445
    You might squirt some starting fluid into the intake and see if the engine fires up briefly (don't use excessive amounts of starting fluid--a few squirts should do it). If it fires up, then I'd check for the presence of fuel in the fuel rail---either using a fuel pressure gauge or (VERY carefully) pinching the schrader valve in the fuel rail (have a rag handy to catch any fuel).

    If the engine started with starting fluid and if you have fuel in the fuel rail and if you indeed have a spark, then it's probable your injectors are not getting a pulse to open. You can check the injector pulse with a simple NOID light, which is not an expensive tool, and available at all auto parts stores. If you have no injector pulse, then you are back to an electrical problem with some sensor failing or a wiring problem.

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  • dan9615dan9615 Posts: 1
    My 94 Ranger 2.3L 4 shut off while going down the road the other day. The 60 amp ignition fuse under the hood kept blowing every time you turn on the ignition switch. My friend unplugged every thing under the hood and plugged them in and it is starting with a 30 amp fuse but we are afraid to drive it very far from home wntil I find out what happened. Has any Ranger owners had this problem.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,445
    Probably a short in the wiring somewhere. There wouldn't be any one cause for a problem like this.

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  • mahkukmahkuk polson montanaPosts: 2
    i have a 1994 ford ranger 6cyl 3.0l and for me to drive it i have to jump start it evertime. what could be the problem
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,445
    edited October 2016
    Well, sounds like either a) the battery is no good or too old or b) the charging system isn't working properly or c) you have a parasitic drain on your battery, which sucks juice out of it after you turn the truck off.

    A battery can be "load tested", but it should be charged up first. Don't forget to check the condition and tightness of the battery cables as well. Corroded or loose cables can cause a bad connection.

    The charging system can be checked with the truck running (see YouTube for a simple test using a voltmeter)

    And finally, for the parasitic drain test, which is a bit more involved, here's a good tutorial from POPULAR MECHANICS

    Good luck tracking down your problem!

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  • tdave2017tdave2017 Posts: 4
    I have a 98 ranger ; It won't start after giving a friend a jump. I tried starting it directly; it started without a problem. Please help
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,445
    This is confusing, how it's written. You say it wouldn't start, then you say it started without a problem. Try again please to clarify for us and include as many symptoms as possible.

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