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87FordRanger 5spd 2.9l. Bad starter. Truck sat for month and a half with very little gas. Changed starter for rebuilt. Put in gas. Motor turned over, but no start. Tried a few more times. No start. Last time tried and starter wouldn't disengage or stop going when key removed. Battery now dead. Put Methyl into tank to deal with possible condensation, but truck won't turn over with dead battery. Don't know what to do/try next.

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Your starter solenoid stuck on. (This may be internal to the starter). You need to replace the solenoid (or starter), then get the battery charged, and try again. If this has a carburetor (rather than fuel injection), you may need to prime it with starter fluid or a little gas in the throat of the carb (put the air filter assembly back on before you try to start it, you don't want to start a fire).

Posted on Sep 05, 2010

  • mwaldman Sep 05, 2010

    Dear Guru,
    It is a new (rebuilt) starter. Darn. Gunked injectors (I wish it was a carb)? Fuel pump (oh god no/fuse, maybe)? Will try again. Thanks, Danna.

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