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Old 12-05-2010, 12:38 PM
NotMyFordRanger83 NotMyFordRanger83 is offline
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Default 83 Ranger XLT - Won't start, acts flooded

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I don't usually post in multiple forums, but I really need some insight. So, I apologize for re-posting this issue in a different discussion forum. I originally posted in 4 Cylinder Tech and no ones been able to reply with help. Please see below.

I'm hoping you guys can help me troubleshoot a starting problem on my girlfriends 4 cyl manual 83 Ranger with a carburetor. It's in relatively great condition with 98,000 miles on it and it has always run well. I can't figure out what's wrong. Basically, she started it up the other morning and let it warm up. It started fine and once it was started she drove to meet a friend for coffee before work. When she went back out to head to work, it wouldn't start. It tried! It tries to turn over and it grabbed, but then sputtered out right away like it was being starved of gas.

Here's the troubleshooting I've done and the replacements I've made in trying to figure out what's wrong.

Replaced the distributor cap and rotor, Alternator, plugs, wires, fuel filter, air filter. No luck in solving the problem. I've also removed the fuel line into the fuel filter to see if the Fuel Pump is working, it is and the carb is getting gas. I've tested the spark at the coil and I've tested the spark at the plug, both are fine and there is spark. I sprayed the carb with starter fluid prior to starting and also while starting, neither method made it start. The timing belt was replaced a year ago and it is fine, not broken or anything. I also hooked up the jumper cables to make sure the battery wasn't the problem. It's not.

So, I'm at a loss. Is it the carb? Could it have jumped timing? I'd think it would run like crap first before it would jump the timing so much that it couldn't start. Plus the timing belt is new! What's important is that it tries to start, if I hold the throttle wide open it will catch but stall out like it's flooded. I can't keep it running more than a couple seconds. I first though it wasn't firing properly and the gas wasn't combusting in the cylinder, but replacing the cap and rotor as well as the wires and plugs should have solved that. I need help. Help?!
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:32 PM
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Default Re: 83 Ranger XLT - Won't start, acts flooded

id check the float on the carb, usually a piece of junk gets in there and holds the float up for too much gas or down, too little gas. Does it start if you push the gas pedal to the floor while starting it?
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:20 PM
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It won't kick over at all unless I hold the throttle pedal to the floor. If I hold the throttle pedal to the floor after pumping twice, or even just holding it to the floor, it will fire up. It tries to stay running but it's like it floods out and it stalls after about 3-5 seconds. Are there any common sensor that go out that would cause these symptoms? I think I've ruled out the fuel delivery and the electrical since gas is getting to the carb and there's spark at the plugs.
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Old 12-07-2010, 03:28 PM
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Default Re: 83 Ranger XLT - Won't start, acts flooded

I cant think of any sensor, If a sensor went bad youd get a check engine light or it would run choppy or similar, i wouldnt think it would prevent you from starting,Seems to me like a carb rebuild is in order, or if you're carefull, I think you can unscrew the top of the carb or fuel bowl cover and inspect inside for gunk,rust or something holding the float open causing the flooding. Ive has a small piece of string bypass the filter and get inside the fuel bowl,screwing up everything, and I 've also had the accelerator pump wear out, and cause flooding. Anyways If it was my problem, going from what you tried , i would do a rebuild or remanufacture, considering the miles on the truck. And a second opinion never hurts also,anyone in the forum got any sugestions?
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:01 AM
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Default Re: 83 Ranger XLT - Won't start, acts flooded

Thanks for the help Dan! I'll take a look at the Carb and see if there is any obstructions. Maybe just replace it. Kind of an expensive part if it doesn't solve my problem, ha ha! I'll keep my fingers crossed. Any suggestions or insight from anyone is welcome as well!
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