Question about 1988 Ford Ranger
The truck runs and drives fine but has to be started in neutral, how do I fix this problem? The previous owner said that the Linkage was tight.
If it has an automatic trans the neutral safety switch is probably faulty.
The switch prevents you from cranking the engine in gear.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: neutral safety switch....I think
The switch is located at the top of the clutch pedal assembly, above your feet. Its a little cramped, but its a simple dc two wire switch, you should be able to check it with a meter for power and to see if the switch does indeed need replacement. If thats the problem, when you see the new switch, you'll know it goes in, very easy. good luck
Posted on Aug 12, 2008
You might have to try to adjust the freedom of clutch pedal,
The noise during shifting can be adressed to exessive wear clutch parts or again it might be a sign that indicates the not complete enabling the calutch
To find out what is causing the noise, set the parking brake, place the vehicle in neutral and start the engine.
If you hear growling or grinding noises when the clutch is engaged, the cause is the transmission input shaft bearing.
A squealing sound that occurs when the clutch pedal is depressed and held is usually caused by a bad pilot bearing or bushing.
A chirping noise that intensifies when the pedal is slowly depressed would indicate a bad release bearing.
If you hear chirping while idling in neutral and the noise goes away when the pedal is slowly depressed, the fork/pivot ball contact point is making the noise
Hope that helps.
The clutch adjustment procedure you can find at
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Posted on Feb 27, 2009
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