Question about 1987 Ford Ranger
My truck will start awesome first thing, drive to the store turn it off and come back to what it seems a dead battery, i'll wait for a hour and than start it again it's takes forever to get it to turn over or sometimes it'll start with no problem also waiting for an hour or so
Check the starter, i have seen this before with several vehicles. Maybe install a heatshield between the headers and starter. Get the starter tested also.
Posted on May 07, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Yes I agree it's the 'smart key'. Normally when you buy an explorer new, you will get 3 keys. 1 of the keys is a valet key.
If you were to copy another key that has a smart chip (transponder) in it, the new key won't work until you 'program' the third (new) key. To program it you need the original 2 keys that work.
The only other thing could be that there was a remote start in the vehicle and there could be something wrong with the module that bypasses the transponder. If there is a remote start in the vehicle you might be lucky to some extent if it still works.
If you move the shifter hard and it worked before, like you said, there could also be damage to the wires that goto the key cylinder, the reciever for the transponder in the key. Try having someone hold the key in start and use the tilt wheel, that too will tell you theres damaged wires if it starts.
Unfortunately you probably will have to bring the vehicle to a ford dealer to get additional keys programmed or the damaged part replaced.
It shouldn't cost too, too much. Just be glad you don't have a Saab, replacement key's are $145 Ea!
If your inclined, you can dissassemble the plastic shroud around the steering column and look for damaged wires coming from the black ring around the key down the the connector under the dash.
Posted on Jul 10, 2008
I have the same kind of pronblem - Our car just clicks instead of starts when turning the ignition key initially we thought it was the immobiliser however i think its the starter motor - is it a hard job to replace or could i try it?
Posted on Sep 08, 2009
Ok, this sounds like a weak fuel pump and clogged filter. if possible, you will need to change these two vital devices. I would also replace the air filter as well.
Inspect the injection system for faults as well. make sure all injectors are firing properly and on time. replace any injector that isn't functioning correctly.
Posted on May 29, 2009
Honestly you should send it into the dealer. I don't think guessing will help you. Typically it is a dirty connection into the steering column (behind the ignition key) But diagnostics need to be run and a look at the VSS system (through a good scan tool) is needed to confirm.
Posted on Apr 17, 2010
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