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Old 07-31-2009, 03:06 PM
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i have an 87 ranger 2.3 I recently had the head remanufactured and now have it put back together. the truck runs great most of the time, but skips occasionally. when it does, a little bit of black smoke comes out of the tail pipe. i have replaced the cat converter, fuel filter, plugs, wires, and added a bottle of drygas to the fuel. it was worse, but i advanced the distributor, until it finally started to idle right, but when i shoot it, the mark is at like 30 degreed past the tc mark, almost to the btc mark. could this be a worn out timing belt, or maybe a fuel pump? i do not have the tools or money to spend trying to diagnose the problem, so any tips would be helpful.
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:08 PM
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U have any idea when the timing belt was last serviced.

If you don't then may not hurt to change it. Even though you advanced it it could be slipping
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Old 07-31-2009, 07:16 PM
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no idea when last serviced, but the fact that it is so far advanced has me kind of puzzled. it should only be a few degrees past the tdc mark right?
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