to me it sounds like a battery issue. Could have dead cells in battery that act erratic. Other things to check are the battery cables both at the battery terminals and at the starter.
First thing i would do is remove the battery terminals and clean them. Then check connections at starter and ground wire.
Lastly, it could be the starter going bad and shorting out. This is more rare, but a possibility.
To me theres an 80 percent chance your problem lies in one of the above.
If so inclinded to work on this yourself, Do all above with precautions (Eyewear and gloves). Batteries can explode
1996 Ranger XLT V6 4.0 5 Speed Manual.
Last edited by 96Ranger40; 02-04-2010 at 06:40 AM.