99 ford ranger won"t start
Volts660

Chiefland, FL

#63 Nov 6, 2010
dav wrote:
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.
If the motor wont turn with a wrench it is locked up. Check this yourself or you will be taken for a lot of money.
james

Canada

#64 Nov 12, 2010
Jeff wrote:
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.
you rock jeff ! iwas just about to change the fuel pump when i read your post thanks man
buckwheat

Erie, PA

#65 Nov 23, 2010
my son has 2 rangers, both r doing the same thing..gets spark and gas..just won't start..changed almost everything..I'm giving him this info..hope it helps..thanx guys
D Wood

Los Angeles, CA

#66 Nov 24, 2010
Jeff wrote:
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.
Great post, and a huge help. I always say, check out what's easiest and cheapest first, then work you're way through the list!
D Wood

Los Angeles, CA

#67 Nov 24, 2010
Great post, and a huge help. I always say, check out what's easiest and cheapest first, then work you're way through the list! I'll be helping my husband get his Ranger up and running in no time. We'll start with fuses, inertia switch and the timing belt first--and I know he's way overdue for the filter and pump to be changed, so they'll be included.
noe

Somerset, CA

#68 Mar 21, 2011
my 98 ranger appears to have a bad pre catalytic converter.i have two above the large main one ,can i ream-out the small one and still run ok?
calvin

Beckley, WV

#69 Apr 9, 2011
1997 ford ranger driving down road died blue 30 amp pcm fues when starting blows again
calvin

Beckley, WV

#70 Apr 9, 2011
97 ford ranger blowing 30 amp pcn fuese
JDW

Monument, CO

#71 Apr 21, 2011
I have 2002 Ranger 4 cyl with 50K and runs great, then stalls and won't start. It acts like it is badly out time. After a few min. it will start and run perfectly. I suspect it is a computer or sensor problem. Any suggestions?
Doug

Bothell, WA

#72 May 5, 2011
I have a 97 Ford Ranger - 6 cylinder. Engine will not start intermittently - been occurring for last several months. Plenty of power to starter. Coincidently lose the settings on the radio when this happens. Changed fuel pump last week but did not resolve problem. Also changed timing chain recently. Frustrated!
vlad

Boise, ID

#73 May 6, 2011
Bad ground connection - when starter cranks, ground bus voltage rises and computer shuts. Check/clean all battery clamps, ground wires, ground straps, put contact greese on computer harness and all connections.
james

Green Cove Springs, FL

#74 May 7, 2011
I went 2 the junkyard & bought 4 relays when I found a bad one threw it away been doing fine ever since
Nancy 99 Ford Ranger

Marlborough, CT

#75 May 18, 2011
Broken timing belt!
matt

Columbus, OH

#76 May 19, 2011
i have a 99 ranger have power to all accesories but no poiwer to starter or fuel pump
Tommy

Yukon, OK

#77 Jun 15, 2011
94 ranger. Randomly will not start. No spark to plugs. Changed coil pack did same thing after installation of coil pack. Put old coil pack back on. Got money back. :o) Will turn over. Wait for varying amounts of time and will start. Problem occurs in hot months. No problems during winter. Been doing this for 4 years. Rarely do I have a problem starting in the morning. Usually after I have driven it or if it sets in the heat. Mechanic had for a week at a time for first 3 yrs, started every time. :o( Fuel pump and relay changed.
TargetOldTimer

Sherman Oaks, CA

#78 Jul 20, 2011
When my daughters 97 ranger would crank and not start intermittently, we could get it to start by sticking a hose into the gas tank to release the pressure. We figure it must be a fuel filter, but at least she isn't stranded until she gets it in.
Tommy

Yukon, OK

#79 Jul 21, 2011
Finally got my 94 Ford Ranter fixed. It was the computer relay. One thing I noticed with this problem was when you turned the key on but not all the way to try to start it, if the check engine light turned on, it would start. If it didn't, then it would not start. There was also no fuel pump and no spark.
Bill

Lewisberry, PA

#80 Jul 25, 2011
Jeff wrote:
Same problem with my 2004 ranger and the dealer has no idea why, It starts right up most of the time then one day it just won't start until it sits a while.
It was the crankshaft position sensor underneath the truck(4L engine-1999 ford ranger).
Moved the connection plug from side to side a little and it started right up. I then shut the engine off , pulled the plug connection apart and cleaned it with electrical contact spray.
Good to go.
John

Pleasanton, CA

#81 Jul 31, 2011
I have a 98 ranger that cranks over but won't start. If some friends push it and I pop the clutch, it starts right up. This is very frustrating.
teri

Spokane, WA

#82 Aug 10, 2011
My 2002 Ford Ranger Edge V6 won't start up when it gets hot outside. Just won't start if the temperature goes up to around 90 degrees. Then tonight we had to move it and it's around 85, started up. any clues?

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