2002 Ford Edge • 6 cylinder 2WD Automatic • 137,000 miles

2002 ranger 3.0 liter sputters while driving some black smoke and seems to be dropping cylinders exaust smells terrible and check engine light is on.
February 27, 2011.

1st step should be checking for codes
sounds as you have a bad misfiring and need to be checked
black smoke is unburned fuel /check it for tune up and if firing on all cyl.
Post back your codes for more help

Feb 27, 2011.
Okay I went to autozone today and they put the scanner on it they didnt give me code numbers but said that the mass air flow sensor had too high a signal (whatever that means) and that there were other faults such as o2 sensor and cylinders not firing. I used some mass air flow cleaner on it and it didnt seem to make a difference. Conditions were worse today before even cleaning it. It was shifting really hard and sputtering even worse than yesterday at times I could only go 20 mph and I had to let allmost all they way off the gas to get it to go at all. Also backfiring. Any ideas?

Feb 28, 2011.