1996 Ford Ranger Engine quit

Tiny
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  • 1996 FORD RANGER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 15,900 MILES
My 1996 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab with 159,000 miles, has a 2.3 liter 4cyl w/fuel injection. I was waiting in line when it started to sputter and then recover and then quit running. I thought it had run out of gas, since the fuel gauge is faulty. I put 3 gal of gas in and it would not start. I have replaced the fuel filter, and air filter. There was no gas in either fuel line, (from the tank to the filter, or the filter to the engine), however, there was gas in the old filter. I had it towed and am trying to repair it in the driveway.
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 AT 12:15 AM

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Tiny
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Is your fuel pump kicking in when you first turn the key? It may also be a bad injector relay but we will start at the fuel pump first. Post your results and I will follow up.
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 AT 12:51 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for replying to my question. I know that this sounds stupid, but I'm not sure how to tell if the fuel pump kicks in. The truck is at my brother in law's house and he says that the fuel pump is in the fuel tank. Should he be able to hear it when he turns on the key? Thanks again
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 AT 2:39 PM
Tiny
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Yes when you turn the key on you should hear it buzz for about 2-3 seconds try this and post back with your results.
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 AT 7:32 PM
Tiny
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Yes it does make a sound for 2-3 seconds
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 12:06 AM
Tiny
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Nothing stupid about that. We're here to help so you can fix the problem for as little cost as possible. Just listen for the buzzing noise like Fordman16 posted and post your results.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 12:08 AM
Tiny
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You can perform a fuel pressure test with a fuel pressure gauge. First with the key turned but not cranking, then try to start the vehicle and check again. See if there is pressure going through the lines. Should be reading around 60 - 70 psi.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 12:59 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for your answer. I don't have a fuel pressure gauge but I will try and borrow one. I was wondering about an earlier suggestion about the injector relay, where it is located, and how to test it. I do have a voltage meter. Thanks again
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 AT 2:22 PM
Tiny
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Should be up under the driver's side dash. It will say MAIN RELAY on it. Check your manual or call local Ford dealer if you have problems locating it. Test it like any other relay. Touch neg. And pos. Probes to it and see if it holds volts. Take note that the fuel injector relay is also known as the main relay.
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 12:33 AM
Tiny
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Thanks again.

I will try and do this and let you know as soon as I get this accomplished.
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 AT 1:44 PM

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