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2002 Ford Ranger runs all day starting and stopping the engine, then 1 hour later starts and sputters off after trying to start. Weather was hot and humid but never have had this problem...any ideas??

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If its not damaged spark plugs or cables then it could damaged or water in distributor, If there is a black coil it could be losing current wait until night time and start vehicle you will see current light up like a christmas tree

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The next time it does this to you, try this:
Just barely press down on the accelerator pedal. Just enough that you can tell that the throttle plate is starting to open. (you can "feel" the slack come out of the throttle cable, then just a little more) hold the throttle in this position and crank the engine to see if it starts. If it starts, let go of the throttle and see if it dies. If this happens, you need to replace your Idle Air Control (IAC) solenoid.
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