Crank no start

  • 2003 FORD RANGER
  • 175,000 MILES
The truck used to crank and it didn't even try to start and the exhaust smelled like nothing so I replaced the ignition coil pack and now it pops but won't start and the exhaust smells heavily of gas. Is there a certain reason why the air fuel mixture is off? Could it be the crank or cam sensor?
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Saturday, January 8th, 2022 AT 8:20 PM

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There are a few reasons that can cause a rich fuel mixture. First, high fuel pressure can be the cause. Also, a faulty engine coolant temperature sensor can also cause it.

Since you are hearing a pop (backfire), it sounds like you are getting spark. However, the plugs could be fouled if they are wet with gas.

Here is what I suggest: Remove a couple of the spark plugs and see if they are wet with fuel. If they are, then I want you to check for ignition spark to the plugs. Here is a link that explains how that is done:

If there is spark, I would next check the fuel pressure to confirm it isn't too high due to a faulty pressure regulator. Here is a link that shows in general how it's done:

Let me know what you find. Also, here is a link you may find of interest. It describes the most common causes of a backfire.

Let me know what you find. Also, let me know what engine is in the truck so I can check on fuel pressure specs.

Take care,

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Sunday, January 9th, 2022 AT 8:05 PM

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