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I put ina clutch and pressure plate in a 1987 Ford Ranger, 4_wheel Drive truck. Since I assembled everything back together it seems like something has got unhooked or something. The truck won't run by itself without giving it gas. As far as the transmission goes it seems to be doing fine. Its a 2.9 V-6, I have put a fuel pressure regulator and a fuel filter but it seems to be doing the same thing. I was wondering if you ahd seen this before or had any ideas on what causes this to happen. I would appreciate any help you could give me in this matter.

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Normally, failure ot vehicle to propel forward in idle is indication of off ignition timing. You could check that but, assuming its okay, you are left with hydraulic and internal to bell houseing mechanical. Check fluid level not too high (or low) on reservoir at far driver side firewall in engine compartment. The reservoir and lines are self bleeding. Inside on drive shaft, if spring on slave cylinder was left off or misinstalled, the drive shaft might not be fully unclutched with pedal released.But, before checking that (which would require repeat tear-down for something not most likely), check to assure that you reset clutch pedal free-play as required after clutch renewal.

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In my 1987 4x4 ranger has this stupid integra switch also called the fuel safety shut off, its located inside the truck under the glove box against the firewall, there's a little white plastic switch.. press it and you should be able to start the truck... my truck did that to
I finally just by passed it... no troubles now

Posted on Jul 05, 2008

Check your fuel pressure the truck has two fuel pumps one in the tank and one on the frame fail on the drivers side. there should be 40psi or better at the fuel rail.

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