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Old 03-21-2010, 11:56 PM
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Default 93 2.3l Ranger intermittently runs on 2 Cylinders.

Hey guys,
Just joined the forum. Looks like a lot of good people on here and lots of solid information. Down to the problem. I have a 93' 2.3L 5speed extra cab ranger. The car has about 160,000 miles on it and it runs and shifts flawlessly.... however. I was recently in an accident (got T-boned) and im trying to make use of my truck still, for the time being, even though its not in the greatest looking of shape. After it was hit it was towed to my house where it was left and ive been working on it again. I had to pry the door open and reset the fuel shutoff switch and so on. It runs beautifully now and still drives straight, exactly how it did before execpt one little hic-up. Its happened twice when ive drivin it back from work. For some reason it will randomly start to run funney after iv stopped at like a stop sign or something. The idle starts to hesitate and it starts running real crappy and sounds to me like either one or a couple cylinders arnt running. I am able to still keep it running when it does this and it usually kicks out of it after a lil bit of driving (i dont try to drive it like this, just to get back to the house from testing it or to pull over) and runs normally how it should. The person who hit me was doing around 55 so im sure something ignition wise is either lose or cracked or something. I would just like to know if your guys had a good place for me to start when looking for this problem. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Guys

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Old 11-24-2011, 01:32 PM
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Default Re: 93 2.3l Ranger intermittently runs on 2 Cylinders.

i also have a 93 2.3 and it just starts to run on 2 or 3 cylinders when ever it wants..its been to ford...local shops...every sensor has been replaced (and I mean every)... Now Ford says its a bad valve...Already spnt over 1000 in parts / labor.. Also changed plugs-wires-fuel pump. I hope someone out there can give some imput as to a similar problem. I bought this truck new and never had problems like this. thanks .. neal andrews (e-mail ) nanealand707@gmail.com
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:26 AM
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Default Re: 93 2.3l Ranger intermittently runs on 2 Cylinders.

It could just be a coincident in the timing of your wreck but, if you haven't replaced the spark plugs and wires in some time you can start there. Also check your coil packs. Even if just one is weak it'll misfire. One of mine went out and I had a dead cylinder. Changed.them out and runs great given she has over 250,000 on her
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:50 AM
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Default Re: 93 2.3l Ranger intermittently runs on 2 Cylinders.

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It could just be a coincident in the timing of your wreck but, if you haven't replaced the spark plugs and wires in some time you can start there. Also check your coil packs. Even if just one is weak it'll misfire. One of mine went out and I had a dead cylinder. Changed.them out and runs great given she has over 250,000 on her
what he said^^^^^^^^ plus it could be the ICM

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You both should create a signature for your trucks.........FYI from 95 on they moved the ICM into the puter

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i also have a 93 2.3 and it just starts to run on 2 or 3 cylinders when ever it wants..its been to ford...local shops...every sensor has been replaced (and I mean every)... Now Ford says its a bad valve...Already spnt over 1000 in parts / labor.. Also changed plugs-wires-fuel pump. I hope someone out there can give some imput as to a similar problem. I bought this truck new and never had problems like this. thanks .. neal andrews (e-mail ) nanealand707@gmail.com
so when you say every sensor I assume you mean both coilpacks as well as the ICM have been replaced.....the more details you can give us the better....those 2 things are the most likely cause of multiple cylinders going out
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Old 11-30-2011, 04:23 PM
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from coach007.ALL SENSORS WERE REPLACED . TPS. IDLE SPEED. 02. COIL PACKS. WIRES.PLUGS. MAF.IGNITION MODULE...THEN ALL OF A SUDDEM IT WILL RUN GREAT FOR 20 MINUTES AND BACK TO DROPPING A CYLINDER. YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE APPRECIATED. NOW I AM HEADING FOR THE ECM. ITS FUNNY. YOU CAN SEE ONE SIDE OF IT UNDER THE HOOD BUT WHERE IS THE OTHER HALF...THIS TRUCK IS A TRIP IN TIME , BUT I WONT QUIT. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP .. N. ANDREWS. nanealand707@gmail.com
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:16 PM
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idle air control valve. mine is doing the same thing. i just bought a new one. many of the things i read said its the IAC.
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:08 PM
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You may have bought a bad coil pack. I did this on my girls 01 mustang. Had a bad misfire. Rly bad. First thing I replaced was coil pack. Nothing. Then $800 down with no results finally went to ford. 80 bucks for them to tell me my coil pack was bad. Freckn rly? Got another one and.ban. good as new. I also see you didn't mention your cam position sensor. If you haven't changed it out and your over or close to 90,000 miles, which you totally do, change it. If bad it will give misfires and or dead cylinders.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:43 PM
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Changing the IAC didnt fix my problem... My truck doesnt throw a cam pos sensor code. could that still be my issue? my truck, when cold, studders and runs on 3 cyc.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:02 PM
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Changing the IAC didnt fix my problem... My truck doesnt throw a cam pos sensor code. could that still be my issue? my truck, when cold, studders and runs on 3 cyc.
well seeing as you don't have a signature and we have no idea what you have for a truck.....it is tough to help you
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:16 PM
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Its possible.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:41 PM
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93 ford ranger 2.3..which coil pack runs the combustion side..front or back ?? even Ford doesnt know this one....someone wrote on another site the rear coil back fires on the combusion stroke, but when disconnecting the front coil pack the motor runs barely.n.andrews nanealand707@gmail.com thanks
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:09 AM
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93 ford ranger 2.3..which coil pack runs the combustion side..front or back ?? even Ford doesnt know this one....someone wrote on another site the rear coil back fires on the combusion stroke, but when disconnecting the front coil pack the motor runs barely.n.andrews nanealand707@gmail.com thanks
follow the sparkplug wires from the drivers side to the coil. That is the combustion sidecoilpack
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:25 PM
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well seeing as you don't have a signature and we have no idea what you have for a truck.....it is tough to help you
sorry about that... got one now. thanks
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:45 AM
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Default 93 ford ranger xlt 2.3 5 speed

The intermittent running on 2 or 3 cylinders was due to the tps adjustment screw...after 2 hours and another new sensor adjusting the screw the truck runs like new... another problem is the radial arm bushings. they need replacement , however this cutting rivits, etc.. it apprears to be held in by one bolt under the coil spring and the one in the rear...looks like something easy (or am I wrong.)thanks for you all your help in the past ... neal andrews nanealand707@gmail.com
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