I have 98 ford ranger 2.5L 4 banger manual 5 speed. This problem has been an ongoing issue for a while now. It started out as a rough idle after acceleration or after revving the engine (anything above about 1800 RPM’s). It has been progressively getting worse as time goes on. It’s to the point now that until it’s completely warmed up it will stall and hesitate on acceleration. I CAN how ever keep it running if I give it enough gas to keep it some where around idle. I didn’t get anything for about 2-3 months, and then I got the check engine light. I pulled the codes and it came back P0302 (cylinder 2 misfire). I changed ALL spark plugs wires and injectors. Still runs bad but the check engine light has not come back on, symptoms still identical though. I did happen to get a P0301 code one time in the process of deleting the codes and trouble shooting before I replaced everything. In the mean time I’ve replaced the EGR position sensor and the EVR valve and tested the EGR valve, and all the intake manifold gaskets. (Just for the heck of it after hearing the tapping). I’ve noticed too that if I accelerate through the roughness (like getting on the freeway) I have a slight taping sound from the under the hood. (Tapping sound is louder when the engine is cold, as the engine heats up it get less noticeable, and pretty much gone after about 30 minutes of driving, still runs rough but for a less amount of time at idle.) I was thinking maybe exhaust manifold gaskets but at this point I’m just trying to trouble shoot rather than replace my entire truck.
Extra info……. Today I killed my batter ( left lights on, I know, moron) I replaced it, and the truck idles a lot better, could this be because something hasn’t completed it’s diagnostics and the computer is leaving that out for now and it’ now running better with out that info?
Thanks again, sorry for the novel, just trying to be as detailed as possible.
Tuesday, May 9th, 2006 AT 7:18 PM