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#284 of 345 Won't Start: Strange Symptoms
Nov 23, 2011 (10:13 pm)
Vehicle: 1995 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab 3.0L Automatic Transmission
I put the key in the Ignition and turn it all the way to the on position without trying to start it, my dash lights are good and bright. The second I try to start it I get a click and a sound like the starter motor is trying to turn but then the dash lights go really dim and flicker slightly, not all the way off but dimmer and slightly less dim. There is no further response from the starter, however my fuel pump relay chatters under the hood when the key is in the on position. Cycling the key does not produce any other results and the lights stay dim until I disconnect the battery for a few hours and reconnect it. Then it usually starts up normally again, however today it still had the same symptoms after 7 hours, except that the lights were bright before trying to start it again. I also thought I may have heard an arcing sound coming from down further into the engine compartment while the key was on. Resistance measured from negative terminal on the battery to the body of the truck and the engine block both were only in the range of a few ohms. The battery read a solid 12.4v before and after the failure to start, even while the lights are dim. I don't have a way to safely get an amperage reading.
I haven't been able to find anyone who has experienced this combination of symptoms. I know the battery is good because normally it starts right up with no hesitation and Autozone tested it and they said it is OK too. The alternator is only 2 years old and produces proper voltage when the engine is running.
I am going to try to trace the starter power wire from the solenoid to the motor tomorrow and see if the insulation is rubbed off or something. Other than that I'm stuck.
#285 of 345 2000 ranger starting issue
Nov 25, 2011 (9:01 am)
We have a ranger that has recently been giving us issues starting. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the trouble, we have had teh starter and battery checked, even too it to a mechanice who couldn't find any problems. basically, every once in a while, the truck just won't start. Acts like a dead battery, you can try several times, never any set number, and it will usually finally start. We were told to try movingit out of gear to make sure it is in park, that doesn't seemt o help at all. Any ideas? Could a bad solenoid on the starter be this sporadic? truck will start fine, every tiem for weeks or months, then just stop...
Not a mechanic, but want to have an idea of what it might be so we can get it repaired!
#286 of 345 Re: Won't Start: Strange Symptoms [ryan_c]
Nov 27, 2011 (1:16 am)
There may be a starter solnoid on the fender that is bad. Run the positive wire from the battery to a black box - that's it.
#287 of 345 Re: 2000 ranger starting issue [ssbs2]
Nov 27, 2011 (1:18 am)
Might be the fuel pump relay in the under hood fuse box. Or corrosion where the relay is plugged in.
#288 of 345 1995 for ranger 2.3 standered
Nov 29, 2011 (2:03 pm)
my 1995 ford ranger was not charging and now it will not start every time you turn the key to on dash light and gauges work as soon as u turn the key to start the sonoild clicks and it trips somthing b/c all the lights and gauges stop and you have to wait 5 or so min and then they get power again i tought started shorted out but replaed and still dose it any ideas kinda lost? thanks for any help.
#289 of 345 1995 for ranger 2.3 standered
Nov 29, 2011 (2:07 pm)
and if you take the wire going to the starter off it dose not do it, i checked for any broke or warn wires cant find anything
#290 of 345 Re: Ford Ranger Won't Start [fordtech]
Dec 01, 2011 (3:29 pm)
Hello, I have replaced the starter, replaced the starter silonod, and the checked the wires to the starter. It is a 1991 Ford Ranger with a 4.0 engine, 5 speed. Can any one help it only clicks one time when starting and that is what it was doing before the new starter and silonod. The battery is also new. Please help.
#291 of 345 Re: Ford Ranger Won't Start [rick82721]
Dec 01, 2011 (7:29 pm)
rick82721....go back and read posts #252 thru 256. Be sure to read the last paragraph of post 252. It has been four months now since I replaced the three little relay packs and I have had no starting problems since. You'll find the website and part number in the posts mentioned above. I have a 2.3 liter, not sure if you engine has the same set up but if it does its worth a shot. The relays only cost about $12 total shipped to your mailbox.
#292 of 345 2003 Ranger Edge 3.0 Auto
Dec 13, 2011 (10:39 am)
My husband was driving the ranger and it started acting funny then shut down. Got it home still wont start back up. had battery checked had it replaced, Starter tested fine. The truck doesn't crank, when key is turned to start the truck the dash lights go dim, and the door locks lock (doesn't have auto lock for the doors) We even tried to start it by bypassing the starter still nothing. What could nit be? Any ideas?
#293 of 345 Re: 2003 Ranger Edge 3.0 Auto [momrider]
Dec 13, 2011 (2:50 pm)
it could maybe be your alternator not giving it enough power to crank over the started and it would b trying hard which would kill the battery and dim the lights you can also get those tested try putting jumper cables on it to another car and let it charge for a few minutes and then c if it will try to turn over then