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Old 08-05-2009, 02:59 PM
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So I was so stoked to get my 86 2.3 and I picked it up today and drove it down the street and it died.

Pushed it onto a side street and tried to get it started and it just doesn't seem to be getting fuel or something. Spent a while putzing around and then went around to some auto shops in the area and found one who said he'd take a look at it today and got it towed to his shop. My guess is probably the fuel pump. the in-tank one was already replaced recently so it'd have to be the other one.

The worst thing is that it's like an hour away from my house so I can't just let it sit and do some troubleshooting and do the work myself and learn stuff along the way. I'm just praying this is something small.

I actually tried to see if the guy would take the truck back because it was so ludacris that it died 3 blocks from his house but he wanted nothing to do with it so I'm stuck with it.

ironic thing is that my current car (92 tempo) has lasted me great for a year and I got it for free, this one I paid money for and it sucks.


Anyway, that was my rant, I'm just sitting in starbucks waiting to hear from the mechanic. Anyone have any thoughts on what might be the problem?
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Old 08-05-2009, 03:06 PM
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david sit back drink your coffee let us know what it was all the scooby stew
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Old 08-05-2009, 06:16 PM
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okay, so i'm back home now and the truck is running.

what happened was a line from the fuel filter broke or wore out or something and needed to be replaced. So they replaced it and it cost me $160+60 for towing(CAD). they also disconnected the shutoff relay or whatever which shuts off the engine or fuel pump when the vehicle flips...? is that right? he said I could connect it again but he suggested I dont (because I'm not offroading with this truck). Is that an important mechanism or not?

So it drove home fine enough, seems to"jump" sometimes when I'm cruising in 3rd or 4th but doesn't do it when I'm accelerating. not really keen on that but otherwise it was peachy.

My biggest concern driving home was that I don't have a tach so I don't really know exactly when I should shift, I know roughly but I want to be sure. are tach's easy to install?

Anyway,
I'm glad I'm home with it, I gotta do the brakes(rear) before I get comfortable with the truck and I really want it to be a reliable little whip so I guess I'd better get crackin'.

thanks for listening!
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:28 AM
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Even if you install a tach...how often will you actually look at it? I rarely look at mine...
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:39 PM
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I guess it might be one of those things you take for granted when you have it. When I drive standard (especially vehicles I'm not yet familiar with) I always glance at the tach
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:58 PM
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Hey I have an auto and I look at the tach all the time. Accelerating from a stop, I look at the tach more than speedo.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:50 PM
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me too, on autos, you gotta keep an eye on the tach and not rev the engine, theres a huge mpg difference between being at 3500 rpm and 2500 rpm
heres a site that does a quick how-to on tach installs(not vehicle specific)
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:14 PM
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i think if you go without a tach, it will just take a week to get to know your Ranger, then it will be smooth shifting all the way...but yeah, i hate it when cars don't have tach's, even if they are auto, it just isn't as fun
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Old 08-08-2009, 10:22 PM
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Go to the junk yard & get a tach from there. They are not know as being problimatic. So I would thing one from your local bone yard should score you a good one on the cheap.
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:52 AM
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I have a tach but I just listen to the engine to know when I should shift.
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