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Old 01-04-2010, 05:03   #1 (permalink)
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92 ranger starting issues

i have 92 ranger, 2.3L dual spark motor. about a month ago i started having some starting issues i would turn the key and hear a click the usual symptoms of a dead battery anyways i replaced the solenoid (on the inner fender) and cleaned up all connections on the starter and battery and ground. its been startin up fine until a few days ago.
about a week ago now the truck started having really weak starts and would barely crank over which didnt surprise me because its getting colder now. couple days later im at the point where it wont even crank now. so now im left to just poppin the clutch. my initial thought is that it was a dead cell in the battery but today when i got the truck running and warmed up i took the cables off the battery only one at a time to see if the truck would die out and didnt. what does this mean?? ive never had an issue with the starter ive never heard it whining or anything like that.
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Old 01-04-2010, 05:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 92 ranger starting issues

Sounds like a failing battery. Most auto parts stores will load test the battery for free.

When you took off the battery cable the truck didn't die because the alternator continued to supply power. Also be careful doing that, could cause a voltage spike and zapp the computer.
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okay so i got the battery tested and it was fine... assumed it was the starter at that point because i already replaced the alternater less than a year ago and the solenoid about a month ago when i was having the same problem...

any opinions?
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Old 01-05-2010, 13:41   #4 (permalink)
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About all that's left is the starter or battery cables. Its probably the starter but have seen battery cables corrode inside the plastic insulation the full length of the cable.
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forgot to mention in the previous post that i did replace the starter today...
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Re: 92 ranger starting issues

Unless you have a defective new part, the only thing left is a poor connection somewhere, positive or ground.
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Old 01-07-2010, 00:26   #7 (permalink)
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If all else fails, take the truck back to where you bought the alternaltor and have them test it. It could be a faulty replacement or even damaged by the recharging of the battery.
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