1999 Ford Ranger Engine stopped dead while driving.

Tiny
RSTEWS2
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  • 1999 FORD RANGER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 195,000 MILES
Engine stopped running suddenly while driving. I have electrical power to lights, radio etc. Engine did not sputter or run rough prior to shutting down so I suspect it may be an electrical issue. I'm looking for recommendations on what to change out starting with the most common culprit. I'm not in a position to test things or do much troubleshooting under the hood. Thanks
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Monday, August 24th, 2009 AT 9:38 AM

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Tiny
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Hi rstews2,

Thank you for the donation.

The initial step is to check what is missing causing the non starting.

We have a link here that can give you an idea what to look for. If you require further assistance, just reply to this post and I will get back to you once I am notified.

http://www.2carpros.com/kpages/first_things.htm
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Monday, August 24th, 2009 AT 9:55 AM
Tiny
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I viewed that page prior to posting my question. I don't have any of the required test equipment and quite frankly don't really have any idea what a lot of that is about. My truck is on the side of the road a few blocks from my house and would appreciate any suggestion on what I could easily do to at least narrow it down to a list of parts I could go get. My inclination is that it is electrical. If it was fuel related I would think it would have ran rough prior to quitting but I don't really know today's engines. When it quit it was as if I had just turned the key off. Thanks
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Monday, August 24th, 2009 AT 10:31 AM
Tiny
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You have to perform test to narrow down the problem. Check if sparks are available at the plugs for a start.

If you are not able to perform any test, we would not be able to assist you.

Are the dashlights showing when ignition switch is turned to on and while cranking?

Are you able to crank the engine?
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Monday, August 24th, 2009 AT 10:53 AM
Tiny
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Engine cranks OK and I have dash lights, headlights, radio etc. I can check for fire at the plugs. If I have fire can I assume it's fuel related and if I don't can I assume it's electrical? If it is fuel related could it have just quit without any indication? I read something about a fuel shut-off switch- Does this actually shut the fuel off or does it disable the engine's ability to provide fuel to the cylinders?
Sorry about the lack of information. Years ago when engines starting being controlled by electronics I quit trying to figure them out. Just trying to gather as much info as I can before I hike to the truck.
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Monday, August 24th, 2009 AT 11:52 AM
Tiny
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If sparks are available, it would most likely be mechanical or fuel that is causing the non starting.

If it is fuel related could it have just quit without any indication?

A failed fuel pump or its controlling circuit would cause the engine to quit without any indication.

Inertia fuel shut off switch would stop the fuel pump from operating. It is designed to be activated in the event of a collision and to reset it, you have to manually depress the button on the switch.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/192750_CompLocation99Ranger_1.jpg

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 AT 12:04 PM

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