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#267 of 337 1991 Ford Ranger 3.0L cranks but will not fire
May 13, 2011 (7:06 am)
Ford Ranger XLT, Standard Cab, 2-wheel drive
Engine: 3.0L, EFI
The engine cranks good, but does not start. There is no fire at all.
I had a bad alternator, which I changed a week ago or so. After replacing the alternator, everything was back to normal...engine started and ran as it always had...a little rough.
So, I decided to change the distributor cap, rotor, plug wires, plugs, and coil, since they are all so cheap. After changing everything, it started and ran exactly the same as before changing everything. FYI, the old plugs on the passenger side had the electrodes missing, lol. I replaced the wires to match the exact order of the old cap.
Anyway, after looking at the manual, I noticed the wiring of the plugs was incorrect on the passenger side, so I fixed that, and tried to restart, but the engine would not fire. It would crank fine, but no fire.
Okay, so that is how I got where I am now.
1. Engine cranks, but will not start. No engine fire whatsoever.
2. I can smell a small amount of fuel odor as I continue to crank it. This makes me think the fuel system is working, and I'm just getting a build up of unburnt fuel in the engine.
Fuel pump: I can hear the pump start like normal. I don't have a fuel pressure gauge, but I did press down on the Schroeder valve with the key on, and fuel sprayed out. I may run down and get a gauge later to test it.
Spark: I tried grounding the plugs on the driver side and saw spark while cranking. I can't really tell if the spark is strong enough to ignite the fuel, but it doesn't seem like it would take much.
I have spark and fuel, so why won't 't it start?
I tried squirting a little fuel into the intake while cranking, and still no engine fire.
1991 Ford Ranger XLT
#268 of 337 Re: 1991 Ford Ranger 3.0L cranks but will not fire [davidsheets]
May 21, 2011 (12:42 am)
I have the same truck as you do and i'm having the same problem as you are but I had to put a clutch in first ans found out that was not the troble so I put in a slave cylinder and then I had to put in a tranny 3 time's and that fixed that problem so I could drive the truck. So I got the truck running but it rain real bad like it had a vacuum leak. but a couple of plug wiers fell off when we took the dis cap off so we put them back on and then check the firing order and every thing was ok.did you every find out what was wrong? and if you did would PLEASE let me know what the problem was and how you fixed it.
#269 of 337 Re: 1991 Ford Ranger 6 cyl 3.0 won't start when warm [consolegoddess]
Jun 05, 2011 (9:01 am)
I have a 98 Mazda B4000 that just developed problems starting when the engine is warm. It starts up beautifully first thing in the morning, but once it's warmed up, I'm doomed if I turn it off. Makes it hard to get gas and groceries. It can be kick started, but not jumped. It seems that the starter relay is a little loose in the power distribution box when this has happened. The safety switch under the clutch seems to be working, or at least I can hear it operate when I push on it. I'll get some new relays, but any other suggestions welcome.
#270 of 337 Re: A real puzzler [mtnjim]
Jun 24, 2011 (12:00 am)
unhook the battery, and hook it back up..my truck has done it a couple times just needs to be reset, im assuming i have a short somewhere which could also be your problem
#271 of 337 Re: ford ranger won't start sometimes??? [fordgirl77]
Jun 27, 2011 (4:41 pm)
on the drivers side witch is witch? on the relays?
#272 of 337 Ranger keeps breaking the bendix/nose cone in the starter
Jul 03, 2011 (2:52 pm)
I have a 1997 Ford Ranger 2.3- 4 cylinder and it keeps breaking the starter, either the bendix or nose cone of the starter. It has only started doing this after the timing belt went out. I have had the belt fixed, it is in time, new fly wheel, and multiple starters put on it. It has a real hard start. It shakes the whole engine trying to start. It keeps back like it is out of time. Any ideas? I can only keep a starter on it for a few months at a time. Runs well enough once you get it started though.
#273 of 337 Re: Ranger keeps breaking the bendix/nose cone in the starter [rosesarebeauty]
Jul 11, 2011 (10:49 pm)
Oh yes, I recall the time when I had the same problem with my 67 GMC 1/2 ton. I would inspect your flex plate, and consider changing it.
#274 of 337 05 Ford Ranger
Jul 23, 2011 (2:40 pm)
I have a 2005 Ford Ranger with a 2.5L 2wd manual. It will start after sitting over night. Then I will drive for awhile thne it will act like it is not getting any fuel to it. It has over half a tank i dont know if it has a bad relay or a bad fuel pump. i dont know how to tell either way when it quit the last time i put a fuel pressure gauge on it and it read nothing. lead me to beilieve that it could be a fuel pump i was reading online and the relay crossed my mind. Someone please help me what this could be. Thank you
#275 of 337 Starter Solinoid Bypass - 1995 Ranger
Jul 24, 2011 (6:55 am)
My Ranger would not start last Sunday. No click, lights full on, battery good. Experts stated it was battery. Replaced solinoid. No ignition from ignition switch until we bridged solinoid. With screwdriver bridging solinoid, engine started, no problem.
Experts now tell me only way to work around the problem is to run a switch directly to the solinoid switch and drill hole in engine bulkhead, then bridge solinoid via switch.
Any suggestions on a real fix rather than a jury rigged fix? Experts tell me the fix would be very expensive.
#276 of 337 Re: 94 Ranger Starting Problems [warozz]
Jul 24, 2011 (10:05 am)
03 Ranger same problem. can go weeks without problems. Noticed when driven and engine hot, short turn off, will not start. tries to and very irradically and at best will sputter then stall. Wait 20-30 minutes and will start right up, runs fine.
I'm looking for suggestions as well