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Old 02-13-2011, 05:15 PM
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Default 91 Ranger 4.0 will not crank

Here it is in a nutshell. I bought a 91 Ranger 4x4 for the body and frame to have a project truck. The 5 speed manual trans is stuck in third gear. I reconnected the clutch line to the trans so I could push in the clutch and try and start the engine. All the idiot lights come on, the lights work as does the radio, but nothing cranks or anything in the engine. Am I missing a switch that may have been disconnected or something stupid? I had it hooked up to a new battery and it still work turn over..its like there is no power to the starter but I know there is power...any help is appreciated. thanks.
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:33 PM
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Default Re: 91 Ranger 4.0 will not crank

check the cable going to the starter. make sure its tight on the starter and on the other end of the cable. also check it with a multimeter and see if it is broken inside
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:49 PM
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Default Re: 91 Ranger 4.0 will not crank

cables are all good...

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this may sound stupid but does it have to be in neutral and the clutch pushed in to start?
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:10 AM
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Default Re: 91 Ranger 4.0 will not crank

it should start in gear. the clutch pedal has to be on the floor though. there is a little switch that the pedal pushes down. check it and see if it works. that may be your problem.

it should crank even if the clutch is engaged and its in gear. the clutch pedal has to on the floor though. so if the clutch line isnt hooked up it should still crank BUT it will try to drive away if that is the case.

why is the trans stuck in 3rd gear?
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:20 AM
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Default Re: 91 Ranger 4.0 will not crank

Thanks, I have no idea yet why its stuck in 3rd....The stick won't budge though.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:56 AM
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Default Re: 91 Ranger 4.0 will not crank

have someone rock the truck back and forth as much as they can and you try to pull it out of gear while they are doing that. or jack up the rear wheels... keep trying different things. you'll get it
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:25 AM
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Default Re: 91 Ranger 4.0 will not crank

I'll start this off with no ? is a stupid ?!!!
Did you check the clutch fluid level?
Have you tried bleeding the clutch through the slave?
A friend of mine bought a truck years ago and it got stuck in 2nd just out of no where. He was checking everything on it and found that the person he bought the truck from had put something other than DOT3 in the Clutch res. and it blew out all of the seals throughout the whole system.

I just bought a 92 Ranger STX 4x4 with a 4.0L also for the same purpose as you. I am currently working through trying to figure out how the previous owners rewired and reengineered this truck. Thinking I might need to buy all new wireing harnesses. If you get a chance could you take some pics of your engine and engine compartment. maybe if yours has things hooked up mine is missing it will give me a better idea as to where I need to be. If I can get this thing right I plan on taking a ton of pics and posting them. I have to buy all new vacuum hoses as I have found that all of them on the truck are broken, cracked, leaking, or just not there.
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Old 02-15-2011, 09:05 AM
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Default Re: 91 Ranger 4.0 will not crank

as soon as I get a chance I'll take some pics...its getting cold again for the next week and I have an unheated garage. I'll get the pics asap. Thanks guys

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Oh, I did get it started finally but still need to figure the trans out.
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