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Hello, If this is a push rod engine I had an identical problem with an engine in my 1988-1989 Jeep Wagoneer. It was a Buick V-8 and behaved exactly like your Ford engine.

On my engine it was weak valve springs. You could take your thumb and push on the valve spring while the engine idled and the engine would miss out. Turn it off and start it up and it would idle smoothly, rev it up and let off the gas and it would miss out and shake. You could also have hydraulic lifters (check your model) and they could behave like this. At idle the lifters would pump up, but the lifters may not refill fast enough to work the valves smoothly.

If you have hydraulic lifters they must be centered in their travel to pump correctly. Even if you have solid lifters the valve adjustment can affect engine performance.

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Jul 19, 2017

I am not a diesel mechanic, a tractor mechanic, or a shade tree mechanic. But, it sounds to me like it is time for a new clutch pack. Anyone with reasonable knowledge of simple mechanics can do this job at a much cheaper price than a professional diesel or tractor mechanic, but it can be a heavy duty job. I would weigh the differences in downtime of my equipment and the ability of my shade tree mechanic.

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Apr 11, 2015

I would hope so if the EMC is not fried and if the fuses are burnt.

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Jan 29, 2015

As simple as it sounds, make sure the transmission is in PARK. Also, there might be a fuse that goes to the starter. Might even be a loose ground/hot wire from the primary electrical system.

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Jan 18, 2015

Two run the pump, two go to the gauge sender unit. If you have removed them to replace the pump, re-install as they were, or better yet, follow the instructions which came with the new pump.

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Dec 19, 2014

Unless I'm mistaken (that never happens, lol) you must remove the gas tank to access the internal fuel pump. Drain most fuel first, and be VERY CAREFUL with any lights, flames, heaters. Use only battery powered light to be safer. A mostly empty tank is full of fumes and will explode if ignited, but a full tank is very heavy and difficult to handle. If you can drop the tank out, the hard part is done.

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Dec 19, 2014

That solenoid is the electric choke and it will flood the truck out if it's not working properly, have you tried to hold the butterfly opened while cranking it, if it starts then, you can unplug the connector to the choke and run it, it just might be hard to start when it's cold.

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Nov 11, 2014

please tell where you are working,(on car)
is it the engine>?
the starter?
the Starter solenoid. and what engines size.

I think you mean starter removal?
1: remove neg lug first or BOOM. bida boda boom. ouch.
2:remove all starter wires.
3: remove the bolts at base
its out.

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Jun 30, 2014

you have a bad crankshaft position sensor located near the harmonic balancer please rate

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Apr 13, 2014

fast flashing usually means a bulb is burnt... have you checked them all ??? or did you wire in a trailer plug and did something wrong ???

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Jan 06, 2014

you may have a leak in the intake manifold which is acting like the throttle being open-look for a crack or loose bolts on the manifold to the head- cheers Denny

1983 Ford Ranger | Answered on Dec 07, 2013

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