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Old 01-22-2010, 08:33 PM
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Default trouble getting engine to start

The last couple of days when going to starts my 01 ranger with the 4.0 in it it has been reluctant to start. it sounds like it always has but it is almost to the point where it wont start. I think that it might have something to do with the spark plugs and wires but am not sure. I know it has the original wires and was planning on changing both plugs and wire but now I will be doing it sooner. Any thoughts on what it might be would be great. Battery, starter, plugs, wires any thoughts and Ill listen.
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:05 PM
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Can you be a little a more specific about the symptoms. "It doesn't start" is like saying "my computer doesn't work".
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:14 AM
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sorry about not being that specific, it sounds like it wants to start and turns over but it takes along time for it to actually catch. It doesnt make a ticking noise like with a dead batter just the normal cranking sound. hope this is a little better there is really nothing much to describe because everything looks and sounds normal.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:45 AM
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May be the fuel pump? I had a similar problem about a year ago. Does it do this all the time, or just after it has been sitting for a while? When my fuel pump was going bad, it would take quite a long time to start if it had been sitting more than about 6 hours. But, if I just stopped for a little bit at the gas station or something it would start up normally. On mine the pump was going, and it was letting the fuel drain back into the tank, so if it had been sitting, it took longer for the fuel to get back up to the engine.

Just a thought.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:55 AM
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what mcpink said... also on 01 to 03 4.0s are bad for this problem.. the fuel rail also can cause this problem.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:37 PM
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yeah it is just when it has been sitting for several hours. Thanks for the help sounds like a good place to take a look at.
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Old 02-16-2010, 08:42 PM
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Start with plugs and wires, they're cheaper than a fuel pump and judging by the age of your truck, its time anyway.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:46 PM
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Sounds like a fuel issue to me. Definitely not the starter or battery if it cranking good like you say. I would do the plugs and wires like you said you were going to and maybe even the fuel filter and see what that does for you.
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