2004 Ford Ranger Check Engine Light

Tiny
STAR1770
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  • 2004 FORD RANGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 78,000 MILES
My 2004 Ford Ranger's check engline light comes on sporadically. Twice, the check engine light has flashed for about 2 seconds and it felt like there wasn't any gas, then it would run fine. I took it to my shop and they said that the spark plug on cylinder #4 was bad and replaced it (which they also did about a year ago). Two days later, the check engine light came back on. I took it to a Ford dealer and they said that I have a burnt exhaust valve and that it would cost $2500. I took it back to the original shop and asked them to do a leakdown test and a compression test. They said that it could be a burnt exhaust valve. The problem is intermittent, and when I spoke with my father about the issue (he owned mechanic shops for 35 years and was a master mechanic for that length of time as well), he said that if that was the problem, he doesnt think it would be intermittent. The car runs fine, except for the two times when it didnt feel like it was getting enough gas. I have a hard time believing that the car needs this amount of work at such low mileage.
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 AT 6:57 PM

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Tiny
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It actually sounds like a bad ground problem.
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 AT 7:12 PM

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