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Old 07-13-2005, 21:02   #1 (permalink)
Big T.
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Still having trouble with my 1987 ranger.

My 1987 2.9L Ranger 4X4 quit running the other night. I was going 55 mph and
it just died. I did not have any spark so I changed out the ignition module.
Nothing changed and I still do not have any spark. Any ideas? Several people
mentioned the timing belt but I don't think that would have any bearing on
not having any spark. Any help is appreciated.

Tim in Indiana


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Old 07-14-2005, 04:01   #2 (permalink)
David M
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Re: Still having trouble with my 1987 ranger.

On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 21:37:45 -0500, Big T. rearranged some electrons to
form:

> My 1987 2.9L Ranger 4X4 quit running the other night. I was going 55 mph and
> it just died. I did not have any spark so I changed out the ignition module.
> Nothing changed and I still do not have any spark. Any ideas? Several people
> mentioned the timing belt but I don't think that would have any bearing on
> not having any spark. Any help is appreciated.
>
> Tim in Indiana


Well if the timing belt was broken, I don't think the distributor
rotor would be turning, hence no spark... but I may be wrong.

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Old 07-14-2005, 11:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Still having trouble with my 1987 ranger.


"David M" <NOSPAM@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:pan.2005.07.14.04.11.10.716504@sled351...
> On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 21:37:45 -0500, Big T. rearranged some electrons to
> form:
>
>> My 1987 2.9L Ranger 4X4 quit running the other night. I was going 55 mph
>> and
>> it just died. I did not have any spark so I changed out the ignition
>> module.
>> Nothing changed and I still do not have any spark. Any ideas? Several
>> people
>> mentioned the timing belt but I don't think that would have any bearing
>> on
>> not having any spark. Any help is appreciated.
>>
>> Tim in Indiana

>
> Well if the timing belt was broken, I don't think the distributor
> rotor would be turning, hence no spark... but I may be wrong.


Your 2.9 doesn't have a timing belt. It isn't likely that the timing chain
just up and broke, so you're on the right track looking for an ignition
problem.

I got a cheapo code puller from Autozone for around $30 and it is pretty
easy to use. It runs a bunch of checks on the system and might help you
figure
this out.
Sorry I can't offer you more help.

Another place to ask is www.therangerstation.com
when you need help with the bronco II.



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Old 07-14-2005, 13:02   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Still having trouble with my 1987 ranger.


"David M" <NOSPAM@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:pan.2005.07.14.04.11.10.716504@sled351...
> On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 21:37:45 -0500, Big T. rearranged some electrons to
> form:
>
> > My 1987 2.9L Ranger 4X4 quit running the other night. I was going 55 mph

and
> > it just died. I did not have any spark so I changed out the ignition

module.
> > Nothing changed and I still do not have any spark. Any ideas? Several

people
> > mentioned the timing belt but I don't think that would have any bearing

on
> > not having any spark. Any help is appreciated.
> >
> > Tim in Indiana

>
> Well if the timing belt was broken, I don't think the distributor
> rotor would be turning, hence no spark... but I may be wrong.


2.9 uses a chain, not a belt



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Old 07-14-2005, 17:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Still having trouble with my 1987 ranger.

On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 19:46:45 +0000, TranSurgeon rearranged some electrons
to form:

>
> "David M" <NOSPAM@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:pan.2005.07.14.04.11.10.716504@sled351...
>> On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 21:37:45 -0500, Big T. rearranged some electrons to
>> form:
>>
>> > My 1987 2.9L Ranger 4X4 quit running the other night. I was going 55 mph

> and
>> > it just died. I did not have any spark so I changed out the ignition

> module.
>> > Nothing changed and I still do not have any spark. Any ideas? Several

> people
>> > mentioned the timing belt but I don't think that would have any bearing

> on
>> > not having any spark. Any help is appreciated.
>> >
>> > Tim in Indiana

>>
>> Well if the timing belt was broken, I don't think the distributor
>> rotor would be turning, hence no spark... but I may be wrong.

>
> 2.9 uses a chain, not a belt


I'm not surprised that I didn't know that, since I have never
owned a vehicle with an engine that small. :-)


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Old 07-14-2005, 17:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Still having trouble with my 1987 ranger.


"David M" <NOSPAM@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:pan.2005.07.14.23.15.20.272652@sled351...
> On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 19:46:45 +0000, TranSurgeon rearranged some electrons
> to form:
>
> >
> > "David M" <NOSPAM@nospam.com> wrote in message
> > news:pan.2005.07.14.04.11.10.716504@sled351...
> >> On Wed, 13 Jul 2005 21:37:45 -0500, Big T. rearranged some electrons to
> >> form:
> >>
> >> > My 1987 2.9L Ranger 4X4 quit running the other night. I was going 55

mph
> > and
> >> > it just died. I did not have any spark so I changed out the ignition

> > module.
> >> > Nothing changed and I still do not have any spark. Any ideas? Several

> > people
> >> > mentioned the timing belt but I don't think that would have any

bearing
> > on
> >> > not having any spark. Any help is appreciated.
> >> >
> >> > Tim in Indiana
> >>
> >> Well if the timing belt was broken, I don't think the distributor
> >> rotor would be turning, hence no spark... but I may be wrong.

> >
> > 2.9 uses a chain, not a belt

>
> I'm not surprised that I didn't know that, since I have never
> owned a vehicle with an engine that small. :-)


it's really a very good combination.2.9 with A4LD

only one thing....86's

86 was the first year for FI on the 2.9, and it will NOT adapt more than
about 7500 ft altitude change

I thought I was gonna have to get out and push it over Monarch Pass, CO



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Old 07-15-2005, 08:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Still having trouble with my 1987 ranger.

On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 23:25:55 GMT, TranSurgeon wrote:

>> > 2.9 uses a chain, not a belt

>>
>> I'm not surprised that I didn't know that, since I have never
>> owned a vehicle with an engine that small. :-)

>
> it's really a very good combination.2.9 with A4LD


What's your opinion on the 2.9L with the M5OD?
I'm just curious because that's what I have/had. (1990 BII - all
parts are available for sale)

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Old 07-27-2005, 20:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Still having trouble with my 1987 ranger.

>
> I'm not surprised that I didn't know that, since I have never
> owned a vehicle with an engine that small. :-)


What size engine was on your '85 Thunderbird Turbo? ;-)


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Old 07-28-2005, 04:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Still having trouble with my 1987 ranger.

On Wed, 27 Jul 2005 22:37:52 -0400, Matt Macchiarolo rearranged some
electrons to form:

>>
>> I'm not surprised that I didn't know that, since I have never
>> owned a vehicle with an engine that small. :-)

>
> What size engine was on your '85 Thunderbird Turbo? ;-)


Well, maybe small in displacement, but that little thing was a
screamer. (BTW it was an '83).

I sold it before I had to change the timing belt. :-)

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