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Misses when hot also lifters become noisy

Bought an 88 ford ranger it was running rich .So i replaced the plugs,wires,cap&rotor o2 also a used map censor.The oil was black and gassy replaced oil&filtor it ran good &quiet until i run it down the road it gets to operating temp. it will miss and the lifters get noisy.

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  • ra4n Nov 04, 2008

    1988 ford ranger ,does not miss and lifter noise all the time just when it gets working tempature,then it can go back to normal.Maybe you have a differrent solution.mrgreenz, from ra4nadeau.

  • anitamustang Dec 09, 2008

    have a 88 ranger runs great for about 15mins,loses power,won't go over 45 mph.changed coil,fuel filter,module,tune-up-kit,still having same problem.ANY SUGGESTIONS greatly appreciated

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    my lifters are noisy rattles when I first start it up quiets down after a few minutes but is still noisy

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The camshaft may be worn or the lifters .that explains the missing when you run it at operating temp.By the description of the oil. the reasomn the canmshaft wore out and the valve lifters is because the oil was not changed on a regular basis.

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