Dusterbd13 MegaDork
11/8/17 8:36 p.m.

Cause i just bought one by accident. 

Stiry so far: my brother in law bought the ranger from my father in law at 275k. Father in law bought new.

Brother in law has had intermittent crank but no start over the last few months. This week, it stopped being intermittent.  

What i have checked: pushed the button for fuel pump safety. No change.  Checked for pressure at the fuel rail by pushing tbe Schrader valve with a screwdriver. Nothing.  Checked all fuses, and swapped relays around.  No change. Was going to hit it with ether when the starter stopped connecting with the flywheel.  

So, i think it needs a new starter, and possibly a fuel pump.

2.3 automatic 2wd with 308k on it. Rubber floor mat base model truck.

I intend to fix and flip. Hes tired of it, and has been saving for a sedan, so he sold it to me for cheap.


What other potential common issues am i missing?

Anybody here want a rust free southern ranger?

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Apple Cougar Mellonseed MegaDork
11/8/17 9:01 p.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13 :

What are you asking? My brother might be interested.

Dusterbd13 MegaDork
11/8/17 9:01 p.m.

Fixed or unfixed?

Brokeback Reader
11/8/17 9:03 p.m.

I've gone through 2 fuel pumps on my 2005 ranger, at 204k miles right now.  Sounds like at least a fuel pump to me - can you hear it run when you first turn the key?

Dusterbd13 MegaDork
11/8/17 9:05 p.m.

In reply to Brokeback :

Nope. But im also half deaf.

Lack of fuel pressure is leading me towards the pump, but will hardwire the pump just to eliminate a variable before replacement. 

How bad are the pumps on these?

Brokeback Reader
11/8/17 9:10 p.m.

It's in the tank - I was able to replace it on vacation with limited tools and 3 girls to help me lift the bed up and back a few feet to access the pump smiley

Since it's a southern truck it shouldn't be too bad - the bed bolts were annoying but I didn't have any surprises. I suppose you could drop the tank but moving the bed really isn't too much work. 

STM317 Dork
11/9/17 5:31 a.m.

Fuel pump is in the tank. There are some cheap, easy things I'd check before going to the extent of replacing the pump.

1. Listen for the fuel pump to prime with the key-on, engine -off.

2. Fuel pump relay under the hood.

3. Fuel filter (driver's side frame rail under the cab)

4. Inertia switch (which you've already checked, but they can need replacement)

As Brokeback suggested, pulling the bed is usually easier than dropping the tank. Remove the tailgate, the tail lights, and disconnect the harness for the licence plate lights. Disconnect the fuel filler from inside the fuel door, and then it's just a few bolts holding the bed to the frame. My wife and I have pulled the bed off before. It's more awkward than heavy.

Dusterbd13 MegaDork
11/9/17 6:40 a.m.

Cool. So pretty much the same as a chevy truck.

Dusterbd13 MegaDork
11/9/17 8:58 a.m.

I hear no pump. We did try relay swapping and fuse swapping. No change.  Starter died before I could hit it with ether to make sure it still runs.

Im pretty sure its a fuel pump, but will run every diagnostics test i can before spending money. 

First i have to get it home though....

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