1988 ford ranger 2.3l 5 speed


Asked by Nov 09, 2014 at 08:13 PM about the Ford Ranger

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Bought a daily driver, replaced plugs wires etc. gas filter, and then slave cylinder went
bad....truck had always rode great for 7000 miles, @ 120 per day.  With in days of
changing the slqve out the truck began to , I don't know pop as of there was a tranny
problem, lose of power until it won't move anymore, and I have to get off the road, after it
sits for a couple days or ever hours, it's back to running great. Had it towed twice now
both times they took their time getting it and then to look at it, and ofcourse all ran well.
No cods Etc. all seems fine, a friend with another ranger told me to change the ignition
module under the rotor, on the next tow I asked them to check it out , I had the part so
they changed it, after testing said it was good but ran a little hot. My call.   Low and
behold the very next day the same problem... And guesses... I need this pet ocular
truck... Help...

3 Answers

Gregg Owen

I just went through the same thing with my 88 Ranger took me forever to figure out the Cadillac converters were pluged


If you carry a fuel testing gauge and a spark tester you can see if you lose spark or fuel pressure when it does it. Motorcraft makes the module and stater that can be depended on for that truck, you change them both and tune it up when this happens, replace parts that show wear and burn through. use quality stuff. The pump and its electrical can be a problem too. Having test results to tell for both possible issues can get it fixed faster and save money for quality repl parts.


putting a vacuum gauge on a manifold source and having a good reading thenn warming it and having it steadily drop can indicate issues. driving it and then retesting showing a loss of vacuum can indicate catalytic converter issues. since it had trouble breathing out, it cant breathe in, the hotter they get the worse they get. if you really thought you had a converter issue, you could loosen the pipe at the engine and clear the problem up, the readings would increase. for vacuum.

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