91 Ranger Won't Start

  • 1991 FORD RANGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 175,000 MILES
I have a 91 Ford Ranger Truck. Yesterday I went out to start it and it wouldn't start. Nothing. Did not turn over, no sound at all. Dead. I assumed the battery was dead but it tested fine and all the lights worked fine. I don't know much about engines. Any ideas what could cause this? I purchased the truck a few months ago and when I started it for the first time the previous owner informed me that in order for the truck to start you must have the clutch pushed in. I am now wondering if that might be my problem. Maybe whatever you are pressing when you push the clutch down has broken. Sound feasible? If so what am I looking for and where would it be. I don't notice anything around the clutch pedal but really don't know what I am looking for. Any thoughts you have would be appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 11:57 PM

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It could be. You will need to check if the clutch switch is allowing power both in and out when it is depressed. IF it is, have a helper turn the key to the start position with the clutch depressed while you check for 12volts to the smaller wire on the starter. If you have 12+ volts, chances are the starter is bad. If there isn't any power, then chances are you have a bad starter relay or a bad ignition switch.
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