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#303 of 345 Re: Ford Ranger Won't Start
Jan 09, 2012 (4:45 am)
Ok let's try this
1998 Ford Ranger 4 cyl. (8 spark plugs)
2.4l manual transmission 4-wheel-drive
to start going up hill i could never gain speed, infact i would loose some. Then going uphill to park lost all power and stalled. (rolled back into a parking spot)
Wouldn't turn over so we replaced the battery. it will now turn over fine, just won't start.
Checked the fuel presure at the injector manifold and had almost zero. Replaced the Fuel pump. now it's at 62 PSI..
It STILL will not start, we tried some starting fluid into the air cleaner and still will not ever try to start.
We checked spark on the 4 passanger side plugs all good. Took 1 of the coils (it has 2) and replaced it any combo still will not start.
#304 of 345 Re: Ford Ranger Won't Start [hpyjack]
Jan 09, 2012 (8:18 am)
The basic requirements for any engine to fire are fuel fed to the cylinders, an ignition spark and compression. It seems you've eleminated fuel and spark as the problem. I would take a compression check of the four cyclinders. If the test results are bad your timing belt may have slipped or broken.
I was driving home one night and all of sudden the engine just went dead. When I tried to restart it it would turn over fine but it would not fire at all. Turned out the timing belt had broken. This was at 150K miles on my '94 2.3L engine.
#306 of 345 Re: Ford Ranger Won't Start [bolivar]
Jan 12, 2012 (5:49 pm)
Ok. Maybe not the best choice of words in my earlier post. The power distribution box in my ranger has about 10 relays in it, of two different sizes. I just replaced the three large relays for PCM Power relay, Starter relay and the Blower Motor relay. I also replaced the smaller relay to the Fuel Pump. The other relays that I thought were irrelevant to the power/starting issue were relays for wipers, A/C, and horn. At $9 for the small relays, I decided not to replace the 5 remaining ones.
So, I just installed the 4 relays, reconnected the battery and it started right up. Success! Then I turned it off and restarted it - and it failed again.
Here's what happens - clearly, power is available in the cab - lights on, radio, fan... start engine and there is a single click and then the power goes out - almost as if a fuse or breaker had tripped. Disconnecting and then reconnecting the battery will sometimes restore the power to the cab.
I played with it for about 30 minutes, was able to restore the power about 4 times and had it fully start twice. I think the relays were part of the problem, because prior to this, I had tried many times, gotten the click, lost the power but never started the engine again.
I think I'm going to look into replacing the starter next.
#307 of 345 Re: Ford Ranger Won't Start [blue95]
Jan 23, 2012 (4:38 pm)
what starting problems did you have when you replaced those relays. Because I have a 94 ranger as well and right now it will only start if the battery is unplugged for a while. if not I only hear a click around the power distribution box until it just does nothing and makes no noise at all, also when it makes no noise the dashboard does not light up. But when it does make that clicking noise it will light up.
#308 of 345 Re: Ford Ranger Won't Start [nate1994]
Jan 25, 2012 (6:39 pm)
mine dose the same this if you unplug the battrey for awhile then hook it up turn the key dash lights come on but as soon as you turn the key the solenoid clicks and everything gose dead i am lost any ideas? 1995 ford ranger 2.3 standered trany
#310 of 345 Re: Ford Ranger Won't Start [98rangrsprt]
Jan 25, 2012 (7:52 pm)
The weather has been too bad to replace the starter, so I was looking at the relays I had just put in and realized that I had not actually replaced the relay to the fuel pump as I had intended (swapped out a different one instead). After I replaced the relay to the fuel pump with the new relay, the truck started right up. I have been suspicious, since it did that before, but it has been almost a week now and the truck has started up just fine each time.
I'm still going to replace the starter, but I no longer think it is part of the problem.
I'm also still a little unclear why the bad relay kills all of the power to the cab and then eventually resets. Almost like the bad relay shorts the entire electrical system and then after some time the relay mechanically resets, restoring power (sometimes).
#311 of 345 Re: Ford Ranger Won't Start [98rangrsprt]
Feb 04, 2012 (3:00 pm)
I had the same issue happen to me. I did all that you did to no avail. Ended up taking it to my mechanic.....Wiring issue...didn't cost that much at all!
#312 of 345 94 ford ranger won't start
Mar 03, 2012 (7:11 pm)
Any ideas what it could cranks over but won't start? Iv changed fuel pump, fuel pump wiring,fuel filter,spark plugs and wires still nothing? Could coil packs be the cause behind this madness?