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Old 03-24-2010, 05:06 PM
Ndullgent1 Ndullgent1 is offline
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Default 1998 Ranger 4X2 No Spark #1 Cylinder

My father just bought a used 1998 Ranger with 156,000 miles. He replaced all wires and plugs. The engine is running rough. No Check Engine light. Ran a scan... no issues visible. Pulled wires and found no spark on no. 1 cylinder.
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:01 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 4X2 No Spark #1 Cylinder

I would put the old wire back on with the old plug then check the spark. If it sparks, either new wire or plug is bad. Then I would leave the old wire and put in the new plug and see if it sparks. If it sparks, new wire is bad...and so is the old spark plug. Possible. If it doesn't spark, then I'd probably think about the coil pack. A Motorcraft one will set you back around $100. You can get cheaper ones elsewhere, but that's up to you.

Not 100% sure though.

Was the engine running rough before the new plugs and wires?
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:02 PM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 4X2 No Spark #1 Cylinder

yeah just because a set of plugs or wires are new doesnt mean that they are good, over 99% of the time they are good but theres always that 1% chance. a couple of months ago i put a set of brand new autolite plugs and wires or my dads F150 and 3 of the wires and 2 of the plugs were bad, they were all on different cylinders and i never dropped the plugs and they were gapped right and never got any antifreeze or anything else on the wires that would ruin the wires, it was just bad luck. ive only got a new bad wire one other time and a new bad plug two other times
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:54 PM
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autolite plugs and wires
found your problem.
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found your problem.
haha i usually have pretty good luck with them and most of them have lifetime warranties, well the wires do not the plugs, the ones on this truck did have a lifetime warranty and the parts house didnt give me any trouble swappin them out for new ones, but yeah there are definitely MUCH better plugs and wires out there
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Old 05-05-2010, 04:57 AM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 4X2 No Spark #1 Cylinder

Thanks for the suggestions. No problems with the spark plugs or wires. Both coil packs were bad. Fix or Repair Daily has always what I've heard FORD stands for. The only thing Ford has done right on their vehicle is Circle The Problem.

I have been a Chevy or GMC owner most of my life. The only significant problems I've had with cars or trucks for that matter has been when I owned a Ford Country Squire Station Wagon in the 80's.

I tried to talk my dad out of this truck... but he wanted a small truck.

How can both coil packs go out simultaneously.... what would have been the chances... My mechanic friend in town said that it's not uncommon... and then began sharing his misery over a 2005 Ford Truck he bought new.... the spark plugs wouldn't even come out of his truck when he went to change them... they broke off in the head. Ford acknowledged the problem and told him if he would have had it serviced at a Ford Dealer... they would have fixed it for free...
He has a service center and has been in business for 30 years.
He fixed his vehicle sold it and swore to never own a Ford again.

Thanks again for your suggestions... good luck in your aggravation with FORD.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:52 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. No problems with the spark plugs or wires. Both coil packs were bad. Fix or Repair Daily has always what I've heard FORD stands for. The only thing Ford has done right on their vehicle is Circle The Problem.

I have been a Chevy or GMC owner most of my life. The only significant problems I've had with cars or trucks for that matter has been when I owned a Ford Country Squire Station Wagon in the 80's.

I tried to talk my dad out of this truck... but he wanted a small truck.

How can both coil packs go out simultaneously.... what would have been the chances... My mechanic friend in town said that it's not uncommon... and then began sharing his misery over a 2005 Ford Truck he bought new.... the spark plugs wouldn't even come out of his truck when he went to change them... they broke off in the head. Ford acknowledged the problem and told him if he would have had it serviced at a Ford Dealer... they would have fixed it for free...
He has a service center and has been in business for 30 years.
He fixed his vehicle sold it and swore to never own a Ford again.

Thanks again for your suggestions... good luck in your aggravation with FORD.
Put miles on anything and it's going to have problems.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:24 AM
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Default Re: 1998 Ranger 4X2 No Spark #1 Cylinder

Funny, the Ranger 4X2 has had a pretty damn good track record as far as reliability goes according to Consumer Reports. One of the best if I remember correctly...

Like stated above, you put miles on it, it's going to wear out.
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