99 ford ranger won"t start

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cameron

Rancho Mirage, CA

#1 Apr 18, 2007
Intermintent problem Cranks over, plently of juice but won't start. Never know when it will happen might be 2 monthes or 2 starts. I believe it is some how tied to the alarm sysytem. When problem occurrs the alarm light flashes rapidly on console and the door ajar light comes on for a few seconds. The truck eventually will start but its been up to 45 minutes sometimes. Dealer was of know help cause I can't reproduce the problem. Bought truck new in '99 w/o alarm chip (They removed it at time of purchase). Problem juststarted over last 8 months. Anyone have any clues?



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jd bullhead city az

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#3 Aug 10, 2007
i have a 97 with a 4 cyl and I have same problem. Replaced fuel pump, timimg chain, plugs and plug wires, all the vacumn hoses and had it retimed. It has an after merket alarm sys. I cannot get anyone to fix it because can never duplicate when needed. i also need help !!! Thanks
Mark Dodge

Pleasanton, CA

#4 Nov 12, 2007
I have a 2001 Ranger 4 cyl. Similar problem. Once in a while it will just crank and crank but will not start. If I wait a few hours the problem goes away. Has happened about 5 times in 64,000 miles but three of those times have been in the past few months.

I also had the alarm removed when I purchased the truck new.
03 stratus

Lake Forest, IL

#5 Jan 8, 2008
my moms 99 tarus does the same thing
Ford Ranger Man

Saint John, Canada

#6 Jun 23, 2008
wish I had the answer, but by 1997 Ford Ranger will roll over with lots of power, but will not start. I do know it has something to do with the fuse panel under the hood. I have had this problem a couple of times and I wiggled the fuses and the relays, then my ranger started. So now i have to find out which one or is it a loose wire. I aleady checked my fuel pump and the emergency shut off valve are all fine. So it may be a relay stuck in the wrong position.
Sw3rv3

Hobbs, NM

#7 Jul 18, 2008
get a long wire and strip both end run one from da batt to the +side of the ignition coil with the plug and c if it will start then if it does u can put that wire to a fuse that has power when u turn on the key
sdy

Traer, IA

#8 Jan 16, 2009
I have the same kind of problem, my 2002 Ranger turns over but will not start, sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. Put in a new battery to replace the original battery and still have the same problem. When old battery was checked was told it did not have enough cranking power. When the old battery was in it, everytime I tried to start it, the doors would automatically lock. If I crank it very long at all it runs the battery down. I'm in Iowa, so it's cold here, but was doing this last week when it was above zero. Will not do it at the dealers, so they don't know what to fix.
sdy

Traer, IA

#9 Jan 16, 2009
2002 ranger does the same thing, will crank but not start, has new battery.
vlad

United States

#10 Jan 17, 2009
Guys, check the fuel pressure at the fuel rail. Loan a pressure gauge from autozone for free. Screw it on the schraeder valve under intake manifold. Turn the key on, but don't start the engine. Pressure should be >55psi. If it's under 35psi the engine will not start.

If the pressure is low, open the fuel cap, turn the key on and listen. Should hear a buzzing sound of fuel pump for 3 seconds. If you don't hear it, check the fuel pump relay (in fuze box next to the brake cylinder). Should hear or feel a click after key on, and after 3 seconds. Check the inertia switch disabling fuel pump (passenger side, where legs go to the right... just rip off that plastic trip, the inertia switch is a button, push it all the way in).

If pump is running and no pressure, and if the pump is not running and you checked relay and switch, you gotta change the fuel pump. Better do it yourself. Mechanics will rob you of your 800 dollars and install chineese pump that won't last even a year. Get yourself original Bosch pump, you can find one for 140 on the internet. Changing pump is easy: just unscrew the truck bed and lift it off with two more buddies.
sparhawk39

Burlington, Canada

#11 Feb 21, 2009
Just bought a 97 ranger, was running at christmas, changed the plugs and put in a new battery turns over but doesn't start. It is getting fuel then Checked for spark and have none. Is this a relay problem under he hood or modules? Any suggestions?
dav

Rockford, IL

#12 Mar 29, 2009
I have a 99 ranger just died one day, wouldnt turn over tried jump start same thing alwasys has ran great. selinoid only jumos out on starter or just clicks a chop shop mec said he put a wrensh on the crank and it wouldnt turn motor over? he said it was locked up? has oil has coolant all lights and gauges were at norm and made no noise whaen it died, I think its the starter, buy the way I pulled 2 plugs and they look fine no balls of metal or anything,any help would ne soooo appres.
Joe

Dallas, TX

#13 Mar 29, 2009
I have the same problem, mine will run great for one day then just die the next. Right now it just clicks when we try to start or jumpstart it. The battery and alternator has both been replaced within 6 months ago. Could it possibly be the starter and/or the ignition?
brett

Ukiah, CA

#14 Jul 27, 2009
vlad wrote:
Guys, check the fuel pressure at the fuel rail. Loan a pressure gauge from autozone for free. Screw it on the schraeder valve under intake manifold. Turn the key on, but don't start the engine. Pressure should be >55psi. If it's under 35psi the engine will not start.
If the pressure is low, open the fuel cap, turn the key on and listen. Should hear a buzzing sound of fuel pump for 3 seconds. If you don't hear it, check the fuel pump relay (in fuze box next to the brake cylinder). Should hear or feel a click after key on, and after 3 seconds. Check the inertia switch disabling fuel pump (passenger side, where legs go to the right... just rip off that plastic trip, the inertia switch is a button, push it all the way in).
If pump is running and no pressure, and if the pump is not running and you checked relay and switch, you gotta change the fuel pump. Better do it yourself. Mechanics will rob you of your 800 dollars and install chineese pump that won't last even a year. Get yourself original Bosch pump, you can find one for 140 on the internet. Changing pump is easy: just unscrew the truck bed and lift it off with two more buddies.
has anyone changed the fuel filter,my 99 would do same thing found out filter built up pressure and not alow fuel get to engine. when you wait a long time pressure releases from filter letting it get to engine thats why it starts after letting sit for awhile.
Cam

Rosedale, Canada

#15 Aug 22, 2009
guys please don't mix the questions with eachother. I see some ppl are having problems like truck is acting DEAD, no power, doesn't crank at all and some are cranking but doesn't start. 2 different problems, can you guys please post the problem in different topic and leave it for the original matter? its just confusing.

Thanks
2007Ranger

Phoenix, AZ

#16 Aug 22, 2009
This is the exact problem:

Engine turns over, but does not fire. As if it is not getting fuel. Wait, try again, same thing. Wait, try again, might fire then run without any problems. I replaced the fuel filter with no change.

I now suspect either the Fuel Pump Relay or ECU Relay is bad/failing.

Suggestion: Replace BOTH Fuel Pump and ECU relays.

They are both located under the hood, under the FUSE box.
Jim

Paramaribo, Suriname

#17 Aug 24, 2009
Hi, did you check the crankshaft timing sensor. I also had those problem with my ranger. Once i change the rankshaft timing sensor and dis module it started fine. Succes.
sdy wrote:
I have the same kind of problem, my 2002 Ranger turns over but will not start, sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. Put in a new battery to replace the original battery and still have the same problem. When old battery was checked was told it did not have enough cranking power. When the old battery was in it, everytime I tried to start it, the doors would automatically lock. If I crank it very long at all it runs the battery down. I'm in Iowa, so it's cold here, but was doing this last week when it was above zero. Will not do it at the dealers, so they don't know what to fix.
Jim

Paramaribo, Suriname

#18 Aug 24, 2009
Hi, had the same problem mabe you should check your crankshaft timing sensor and dis module. If you changed it is better. Succes.
2007Ranger wrote:
This is the exact problem:
Engine turns over, but does not fire. As if it is not getting fuel. Wait, try again, same thing. Wait, try again, might fire then run without any problems. I replaced the fuel filter with no change.
I now suspect either the Fuel Pump Relay or ECU Relay is bad/failing.
Suggestion: Replace BOTH Fuel Pump and ECU relays.
They are both located under the hood, under the FUSE box.
Jim

Paramaribo, Suriname

#19 Aug 24, 2009
Hi, i had the same problem. I changed the crankshaft timing sensor and dis module and success Success!!
jd bullhead city az wrote:
i have a 97 with a 4 cyl and I have same problem. Replaced fuel pump, timimg chain, plugs and plug wires, all the vacumn hoses and had it retimed. It has an after merket alarm sys. I cannot get anyone to fix it because can never duplicate when needed. i also need help !!! Thanks
Jeff

Gilbert, AZ

#20 Sep 5, 2009
I had the same problem... Engine would turn over, but never start. It had been hard to start for some time. When it died, I was going about 50 miles an hour, and the engine just cut out. It's a stick shift, and it was in gear, so it should have just started right back up when I poped the clutch. No luck...

I went through all of the following before I found the root problem:

-Spark Plugs & Wires: I took off the intake manifold, those wires were too much of a hassle to get off and then on with that in the way. Just get new gaskets, it's worth it to make it easier to change)
- Fuel Filter: The gas in the filter came out as a cloudy brown... eww)
- Fuel Pump & Strainer: A lot easier than I thought. When my truck died, I had just filled up the gas tank. So removing the bed (6 bolts, 4 near the tailgate, and 2 near the cab) made it VERY easy to swap out the pump.

When none of those solved my problem, I checked the Inertia switch (passenger side, under the dash. It's got a little red button. Make sure it's pushed down. It's in a spot that might be easy for someone to kick it and trip it. This switch cuts off the power to the fuel pump).

Inertia switch looked good, so I started to check for compression, thinking maybe I cracked the block... That's when I noticed the case for the timing belt was plastic, and I could see into it.

The belt was loose, and when I pulled on it the belt came right out.

So while the plugs, wires, fuel filter, pump, etc were all WAY past due to be changed, the root cause of my problem was a snapped timing belt.

Make sure you check that before you start pulling parts. Right in front of the oil cap, there's a plastic casing. The timing belt can be seen if you pull back on the casing a little bit.

Hope this helps. I've been working on this for 3 days.
2007FordRanger

Phoenix, AZ

#21 Sep 5, 2009
My problem was associated with the stupid Alarm System that installed by the dealer. The battery was not providing enough current to keep the starter going AND provide good sigaling to the alarm system. Hence, when I tried to start the truck, the alam would sense that someone was steeling the truck and shut off the fuel supply. Replaced the batter, and it works just fine now.

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