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Old 05-24-2009, 01:59 PM
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Default Ranger started shaking

I just got a 01 ranger 2.3L a few weeks ago, the check engine light was on when i got it. a few days later i filled it up at a shady gas station and then parked it for a day the next day when i started it it started shaking. when i would rev it it would settle down a bit. so i decided to start with the spark plugs and that seemed to settle it down a bit. But it still doesn't have much power just starting out. then today i was speeding up into traffic and the check engine light started flashing.

Anyone have suggestions. Do you think I'm looking at spark plug wires or something worse?

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Old 05-25-2009, 04:57 AM
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Well, sounds like the EGR or an O2 sensor just by reading...

Did you get the gap on your plugs correctly? Or better, what kind of plugs did you put in?

I found that the fords I've owned are very picky about plugs...

Have you changed plug wires??

If so, Depending on mileage, it might be a good thought to replace the coil packs...

just a few things to consider
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Old 05-25-2009, 06:21 AM
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I did not set the gap I just did it on the road and did not have the tool nore did I know what the correct setting is. Do you think the EGR is more likely than the plug wires?
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Old 05-25-2009, 06:43 AM
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Sounds to me like you got some water in your tank from the gas station. MY wife's explorer did the same thing a few weeks back. Buy some Seafoam add it to your tank. That did the trick for the wife's explorer.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:00 AM
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did you drive the explorer while the check engine light was blinking?

P.S. i used a motorcraft platinum plug. I'm on honduras and my parts are somewhat limited.

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Old 05-25-2009, 12:18 PM
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that plug is fine, it is not your egr that wouldn't make it fis fire, sound like bad gas or a loose plug wire
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Old 05-25-2009, 02:07 PM
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The checkengine light on my wife's explorer stays on. I have a code reader and have tried to figure out exactly why it stays on. I have even cleared it but it keeps lighting back up. I haven't really noticed a difference in performance, even on long trips.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:48 PM
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well it was a bad coil. i pulled the wire off the #1 Cylinder and nothing changed. so i replaced it and it is working great, however in the process i think i caused another problem. i went to control the A/C and it will only blow out the defrost vents. so i looked and there is a small round cylinder near the coils and it looks like it should have a hose to it. but the hose that appears to go to it is just sitting there. when i tried to re connect it it broke into bits. it is very brittle. where does the other end of that hose go and how hard is it to replace?

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PS i had a guy hook it up to a scanner and it looked like a 30-40 dollar scanner, are these good? do people recomend them and are they as good as the expensive ones?
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