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#2134 of 2986 Re: 1998 ford ranger starting problem [howardyates]
Apr 24, 2006 (5:52 am)
Does your ranger have any power?? Test the voltage on the battery. The battery or the alternator could be shot. If the battery is weak, you will hear fast, quiet clicking but no engaging of the starter. I had a car once where my alternator went bad and I was able to drive for a while before it died. The computer operated ok off of the battery until it drained it completely. I didn't know anything was wrong until the car began to run like crap then it stalled, and I was unable to re-start it. Obviously when I tested the alternator it was bad. The battery was ok but I changed it just to be sure. I suspect this is not your situation but I just wanted to open you up to the possibility.
#2135 of 2986 Re: brakes grab hard [tstotler]
Apr 24, 2006 (6:07 am)
An update to my initial post.....
I just had these symptoms yesterday after a rain and a chilly night. I noticed that the fronts didn't grab, just the rears like you had said. Also...the pedal resistance didn't go down. This must have been my imagination from when I was trying to remember the symptoms after a long time. By the way, I rode the brakes for a few feet and they cleared right up. Thanks a lot, you guys have been a real help.
Apr 24, 2006 (5:36 pm)
I have a 97 Ranger 4.0 v-6... just recently its started to run horribly.. backfiring, hard and low idle, loss of power, etc. Ive had it on the scanner at work, and nothing showed up except once a code came up for the MAF.. saying there was a intermediate short. So i got a new MAF and tried it out.. it didnt do anything (returned it). Me and the other techs have checked it up and down and have not come up with anything. I was Hoping someone on here has come across somthing like this and is able to help me out. Thanks Much. Reed
#2137 of 2986 Re: 1999 4 Cyl 2.5L exhaust side spark plug removal [joel408]
Apr 25, 2006 (1:23 pm)
My neighbor has the same kind of truck. The only way I see possible is to remove the intake plenum that is blocking access to those spark plugs. It may look difficult, but it's really not that difficult to perform.
I wish you well,
Apr 25, 2006 (5:42 pm)
Well instead of checking the most obvious and easy thing first i struggled for a while.. but finally i started to check the most obvious things (ass backwards) but whatever... i found that on cylinder 6 the spark plug's porcelin on the electrode side of it was actually cracked.. and thank god for the moron before me who put bosch platinum 4s in it, because the 4 electrodes on it saved me a new motor, by catching the chunk of porcelin from letting it fall into the cylinder
Apr 26, 2006 (11:46 pm)
hey all if anyone out there has a 99 ranger with the 4cyl 2.5L 5sp manual i have a bit of advice that i finally used myself...go buy a new truck! i just recently bought a 2005 nissan frontier and it is a big step up! thats not to say you should go buy one, but definately buy a newer ranger, like 05 or 06, or something different. 99 seemed to be the year that Ford shrugged the ranger off when it was asking to be inspected before production. Hope this helps, and again, im not here to be a troll on the forum, just want to make sure people realize that there are much better cars out there for the money...
#2140 of 2986 Re: 4.0 engine skips during snowfall [peonyman]
Apr 27, 2006 (4:27 pm)
Did you ever figure out what caused this problem?
I have a 2003 XLT FX 4X4 SuperCab, that does the exact same thing.
#2141 of 2986 '95 Ranger having starting problems
Apr 28, 2006 (6:04 am)
My 1995 Ranger starts 1 in 10 times! It has the 4.0 liter engine. Sometimes it will start and just barely run or idle (like it's coughing). When it runs it runs fine. Most of the time it runs and starts just fine but it's that one time that makes you wonder. My buddy said it might be the electronic control module. He had a similar problem before. Any thoughts???
#2142 of 2986 Re: '95 Ranger having starting problems [rangerboy]
Apr 28, 2006 (11:33 am)
I don't think I can help you much, but I have a 1994 4.0L V6 95000mi and I have the exact same problem probably. I at first thought it was the vaccum system; but it is very difficult to find leaks--even with a tube test. Today I'm trying out a new fuel filter just to see what happens...
If somthing works for you let me know
#2143 of 2986 Re: '95 Ranger having starting problems [junktruck]
Apr 28, 2006 (1:36 pm)
Yeah, I replaced my fuel filter and it helped but I'm still having problems. Another strange thing is that when you turn it over the power locks click on and off. I don't know if anyone else might know what causes this??? Today it died when I went to lunch. I was actually driving when it stalled out.