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87 ford ranger wont start without starting fluid

My ranger will not turn start on own without starting fluid. Once it has warmed up i can turn it off and start it right back up. My fuel pump runs all the time. i have good fuel preasure and i think i have good spark. Once i get it started it runs like a champ. what do i need to do to start it without using starting fluid.

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It sounds like you aren't getting fuel out of the cold start injector... remove the injector when engine is cold and switch on ignition... you should get a fine spray pattern for a few seconds... if not then there is probably a problem with the cold start circuit (Temp sensor fault), or the injector is faulty. pull electrical connectors one at a time and look for corrosion... Hope this helps...;-)

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