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92ford ranger 3.0 v6 will not start on occassion there is gas at fuel rail and a bright spark at spark plugs I can hear fuel pump turns on when ignition is on and fuel filter is not plugged up Although engine check lite comes on when truck is driven for awhile Truck has 298oooklms It has good bottom end power but very little top end especially 4th and 5th gear This problem is very annoying because you never no when its going to occur help pleese thank you William

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You can get a free scan at Autozone or Oreillys. If the engine light is on the scan should show a problem. The computer will hold a defect in memory for a number of starts so if the light goes out it could still show a fault.

It is possibly a TPS switch going bad. It is on the airhorn and has 2 screws and 1 electric plug. This switch is called a throttle position sensor. For the power concern you may need to have the timing checked. With 300k the timing chain may have stretched.

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Ok this could be several things you could check:

No gas: First of all, make sure it's got gas. I don't care if the gauge says you have some, they're known to fail.

Now, if it's fuel injected, have someone turn the key to the "ON" position. You should hear the fuel pump prime the system with a small whirring. You may not be able to hear this unless it's quiet outside. On most Beemers the fuel pump is under neath the car along the frame rail. Mine used to be on the driver's side.

If the fuel pump is in the tank, simply unscrew your gas cap and stick your ear up to the filler neck, have someone turn key. Hear something? That's your fuel pump. If you don't hear anything, take to a mechanic, because it'll get complicated.

OK, if you got gas, then you can check your pressure by using a fuel pressue gauge. You may have to "T" this into a fitting on the fuel rail, or it may already have a port. If so, plug it in, turn the key, and see what it reads, If nothing, or really low, then fuel pump may be bad.

No spark: Pull a plug wire, then pullout a spark plug. Put plug in wire, now hold wire WITH PLIERS against a bolt or other conductor. Have someone try to crank. Did you see a spark? Well you got spark. If not, take to a mechanic.

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