RE: 1993 Ford Ranger won't start

Tiny
OHNONOTHIMAGAIN
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  • 1993 FORD RANGER
I have a 1993 Ranger with 162,000 miles 2.3 liter 4 cyl with a manual transmission. It won't start unless I jiggle the transmission shift lever back and forth-and then it engages. But now it won't start at all regardless of how much I jiggle the shift lever. Someone said that it's a solenoid that needs to be replaced-I wondered if this make/model had a start interlock that needs replacement/repair. It runs fine once I can get it started-no compression loss that I know of.
BUT-it still has the original timing belt. On this model-is the timing belt a interference/non-interference belt? What I need to know is if it breaks-will it ruin the engine? Thank you
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Thursday, February 15th, 2007 AT 9:25 AM

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Tiny
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First lets determine which circuit it is. Jumper the starting relay. If it is in good condition, the starter will turn the engine over. Make sure that the car is in neutral, the brake is on and the wheels are chocked. If nothing happens, then you have a problem with the circuit to the starter.

The entire circuit consists of the battery, starter relay, the starter and the wiring. Check all connections for good clean and tight connections. There needs to be acomplete circuit.

If the starter works, the relay circuit (on my 93 explorer anyway) has the following components. Power is fed from the ignition switch, to the clutch switch, to the anti-thert controller module (if installed) to the starting relay. Again, there needs to be a complete circuit.

On my 93 explorer, there is no switch on the stick.
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Saturday, February 17th, 2007 AT 10:21 AM
Tiny
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I have a 93 ranger with almost 200,000 miles. It is a 2.3l manual transmission. My timing belt broke while I was traveling down the road. The only thing that happened when it broke was the motor shut off. Before I realized it was the timing belt, I had tried to restart. My motor was not damaged due to belt breaking. I would seriously consider changing belt asap. It will save you a headache down the road. Because it may break at a time when you really need your truck to run.
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Thursday, August 7th, 2008 AT 5:06 PM

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