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Old 10-25-2016, 06:14 PM
rhaneyjr rhaneyjr is offline
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Question 87 ranger 2.9 starts but misfires and won't run

1987 ranger 2.9. I've done a complete tune up. The truck will turn over and try to start but as I'm feathering the gas to get it to start it misfires. And stops as soon as I let off the gas. I've done cap rotor plugs wires af and ff. Anyone with similar issues? Next step is compression test.

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Old 12-20-2016, 11:35 AM
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Default Re: 87 ranger 2.9 starts but misfires and won't run

Not sure if your having this issue still, but mine was doing the same thing. Have you replaced the TFI module on the distributor? Maybe the coil is bad. It could also be the crankshaft position sensor in the distributor. I replaced my whole distributor after testing and finding a bad one in mine. That helped a lot. There is a site that walks you through how to test these parts. troubleshootmyvehicle.com

I just typed something like 2.9 ranger coil test in google and came up with that site. Ultimately I replaced my ECU and It runs perfectly now. But that was a last resort replacement for me.


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