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Starting problems My truck will start up just and immediately shut down. I can give it more throttle and it will try to stay on, but it shuts down

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    my 88 2.3 ranger has 140k and runs good. no oil usage just leaks oil. i drive it daily and have recently performed wires cap plugs rotor swich, but last month one one occasion it would not start--turn over and over but would not start. It did it again two days ago, but heres the kicker. The next day it starts as usual on the first turn and runs fine. Now im paranoid.




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That is what my ranger did when i bypassed the high pressure fuel pump (because it was bad) so mabey check that one

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There could be many things that can cause what your stating. Look at everything under the hood. I have an 1988 ranger 2.4, 2 wheel. It is pretty basic and simple to work on, parts are cheap enough too. Start with examining the spark plug wires, cap, rotor, spark plugs. Spark plug could be loose, wires could be arcing or buildup on rotor/cap. My truck has over 200,000 miles and is somehow holding in there. If you haven't done any basic maintanance it might need it. The last thing is fuel pump/filter, but you stated the car did try to run. When you turn the key on you should hear the fuel pump cycle. If you just turn the ignition to on but NOT start (for 3 seconds) then to off then to on and start will it run better than not doing that procedure?

And lastly my ranger has a touchy fuel cut off switch (left foot of the passenger under the rug at firewall). Push the button on top to reset and give the wires alittle tug (not too hard!).

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