1987 ford ranger

Asked by Jul 25, 2013 at 07:48 PM about the 1987 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab LB

Question type: General

this may sound crazy but when i go to work appox 30 miles of a morning my truck
runs great as the day gets hotter and i drive home about 10 to 15 miles my truck
starts chocking and the longer i drive it the worst it gets then finally it stop running.and
will not start . now if it sits for about an hour it starts fine and runs this only happens
when the outside temp   is above 80 degrees sounds crazy but i can drive home ok
when the outside temp is less than 80 degrees i had two mechanic look at it with no
results if anyone could help with info on this i would very much appreciate
fdhjt1@yahoo.com

2 Answers

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Common symptom of a faulty TFI module or also known as the Ignition Control Module (ICM). It's looks like a grey candy bar that is attached to the side of the distributor and a multi prong plug in it. You can just replace it or have it tested first to see if in fact I'm guessing correctly.

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Very likely the TFI Module. The best test would be to drive the vehicle until it acts up and hook up a spark tester to see if it's losing fire. I used to have a spare distributor that I could plug in and make the coil fire if I thought the TFI had failed. I'm not sure of what results you'll get if you have a part store test it because by then, it would have cooled off enough to work again.

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