1998 Ford Ranger

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD RANGER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 21,500 MILES
My car does not start in the morning. It then causes my starter to freeze up from excessive cranking over. I have replaced 3 starters and a clutch fan. To get it to start I have to give it a little gas and hope I don't flood it. The Clutch fan now makes a noise EVERYTIME I attept to start it in the morning. The mechanic says the car is kicking back instead of the engine going forward. Once the car starts and is warmed up, no more prob;ems. Is it a fuel injector problem? A friend of mine says that there is an injector that is for starting in the morning for cold starts. Could this be the problem? I have replaced all sensors on this car. Is there an automatic choke on the truck, could it have gone bad? Please help, the car runs like brand new when started, all this started when I had the timing belt replaced at the dealer and they stated the head was Aok. Please advise, thanks.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 11:17 AM

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 11:27 AM
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Hello -

To better assist you please let me know if your model is just a Ranger or a Splash. Also your engine size in liter and the 8th digit of your VIN.

Please go to Auto Zone (AZ) or O'Reilly's (OR) and for FREE they can pull the codes to the car. Most important: Once they check your codes, if they find something and you don't get it fixed and need to get back with us, please make sure you tell us exactly what the code was, number and all. Example, if the code was E0568 O2 Sensor bad. Then make sure you give us all of that. While there for FREE also they can bring their tester out and check your battery and alternator.

Please be more specific when you say you have replaced all of the sensors. Please tell me the ones you have replaced.

Since this started when the dealer replaced the timing belt have you talked to them about it - i.E. Is it under warranty?

We need to figure out if it is electrical or fuel related. Pull a plug wire off of the spark plug and insert something into the end of it and have someone try to start the car and have the metal object really close to a piece of metal on the engine and see if you are getting a good strong popping blue spark. Don't have your hands on any part of the metal! If there is no spark, then it is electrical.

If you are getting good spark then spray some starting fluid in the throttle body and try to start it and see if it tries to start then.

You may need to get a fuel pressure check on the fuel pump to ensure it is putting out okay. We will see.
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 AT 2:28 PM

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