1994 Ford Ranger cranks but won’t start

Asked by Rangerlife321 Aug 06, 2020 at 10:06 AM about the 1995 Ford Ranger STX Standard Cab 4WD LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just purchased a 95 Ranger 3.0 which was not
running. The previous owner stated the truck shut
off and wouldn’t start so he replaced the fuel filter,
spark plugs, ignition,  plug wires, and camshaft
position sensor. I assumed the problem was The
fuel pump so I dropped the tank, replaced the
whole fuel pump mechanism, cleaned the tank out
really well, put everything back in and the truck
started right up and ran great for approximately 2
minutes, then it shut off and I haven’t been able to
get it started since. I checked fuel pressure and it’s
getting 42psi When I turn the key on,it has plenty of
spark, does anyone have any ideas what else it
could be?

1 Answer

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I strongly suspect its the ignition control module.This one is used on many years of Ford products and is notorious for failing, ESPECIALLY on engines with rear-mounted distributors. (Not one of Ford's "BETTER IDEAS".) Do this: IMMEDIATELY after the engine dies, check for the presence of spark at any spark plug, Using a timing light is the easiest way. Odds are there won't be any. NEXT, apply ICE to the distributor and module for atv lkeast a minute where the module is mounted. Using cloth is better than a plastic bag for obvious reasons. This should cool the module enough for the engine to restart if that's the problem. To double check this you can use a hair dryer on the module to MAKE the engine die. If YOU replace the module yourself, make sure that you don't forget the ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE GREASE . That needs to be between the module and the distributor for the ignition system to work reliably.

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