90 ranger 4cyl auto, starts and runs but have to hold key..
I have a 90 Ford Ranger 4 cyl auto that has problems staying running. I can crank it and it will start like normal, but when i start to ease the key back into the run position it will die. From the off position i can turn the key and the CEL will come on and the battery light is on too but if i turn it just a hair more the CEL goes off but the battery light is still on.
-fuses in the engine bay all good
-didnt check fuses by the driver side footwell cause i thought they were all auxilary, plus i lost the cover/legend
-replaced ignition key cylinder, no change
-did not check alternator or battery with multimeter yet but i will once i find out where i put it last
-faulty modules? dont know which one(s) could be affecting it, i wouldnt even know where to find them unless i saw a diagram.
-possible bad ground/wiring connection somewhere?
Its like there is a tiny dead zone somewhere close to where the key is in the run position. Because i've managed to start the car move the key backwards and found the dead zone, but if i'm fast enough i can go past the dead zone and stop short of the OFF position to keep the car running.