Starter won't engage completely had tested it is working properly tried to jump starter relay did not work.....checked wiring harness all good....any ideas please. I Am Stumped

Asked by Jan 13, 2015 at 09:55 PM about the 1994 Ford Ranger Splash Standard Cab Stepside SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Recent rebuilt bottom end had to pull start
haven't been able to key start since.

5 Answers

7,700

Confused about starter engaging completely .... does the starter whirl without engaging or does it grab for a second and let go without turning the engine? If it's not doing either It may be in the rotary switch that's attached to the tumbler for the key. When you put the key on Acc does everything work? When you turn the key to start does the radio and some accessories cut off?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
4,735

Is the starter completely mounted to the bell housing? Make sure it is completely seated with no air gap. Sounds like pinion gear is not engaging. Also, if you replaced the pinion, did you get the exact replacement?

The starter was engaging but not spinning. Had it tested it was in fact good. I appreciate ur timely responses and wanted to let u know that what was happening was an original ground wire was broken and not attached to the block when I reattached it the current flowed properly and starter engaged like it was supposed to. It was like magic. I'LL NEVER FORGET THERE ARE THREE GROUNDS EVER AGAIN. Thank you very much.

4,735

Glad you got it fixed. I had the same problem on a 65 T-Bird. Cable was attached with only 1 strand of wire out of probably 20-25 strands.

Thank u. I am too. This one was never attached but when I pulled motor out I guess it "reset" everything. Definitely a learning experience for me. Thank you such a quick response tho and I'm sure I'll have more questions.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Ranger

Looking for a Used Ranger in your area?

CarGurus has 6,719 nationwide Ranger listings starting at $1,450.

ZIP:

Search Ford Ranger Questions

Ford Ranger Experts

#1 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 1,440
#2 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 1,170
#3 Tracy Hooks
Tracy Hooks
Reputation 750
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford F-150
2,876 Great Deals out of 212,656 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Tacoma
627 Great Deals out of 35,082 listings starting at $2,155
Used Chevrolet S-10
14 Great Deals out of 1,662 listings starting at $1,995
Used Dodge Dakota
119 Great Deals out of 4,308 listings starting at $995
Used Dodge Ram 1500
535 Great Deals out of 12,998 listings starting at $2,199
Used Jeep Wrangler
442 Great Deals out of 19,188 listings starting at $2,994
Used GMC Sierra 1500
928 Great Deals out of 62,271 listings starting at $1,395
Used Ford Mustang
396 Great Deals out of 44,403 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2011 Ford Ranger For Sale
37 Great Deals out of 1,079 listings starting at $3,999
2010 Ford Ranger For Sale
21 Great Deals out of 498 listings starting at $2,999
2009 Ford Ranger For Sale
19 Great Deals out of 388 listings starting at $3,995
2008 Ford Ranger For Sale
25 Great Deals out of 509 listings starting at $2,995
2007 Ford Ranger For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 363 listings starting at $1,995