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Old 07-10-2003, 11:34 PM
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1988 Ranger won't start

My 1988 Ranger with fuel injected 2.3 and 5 speed won't start.
Was running fine when I took it to work. Would not start when I went to go home 9 hrs later. Cranks over just fine, but won't fire up. Had to tow it home. Didn't have any spark from the coil, so I replaced that. Still no spark. Ran a 12 volt tester light from ground to the red input line on the coil. Lights brightly, so it appears I have power to the new coil. I'm stumped. Can anyone help?
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Old 04-19-2004, 02:42 AM
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88 ranger won't start

Hi. I'm new to this site but I do have an 88 ranger, and it had a 2.9 in it. I had this same problem all the time, but I would go buy a new fuel pump relay put it on and she would run right as rain until next time.
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Old 03-26-2007, 01:03 PM
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i just recently bought an 89 ranger 2.3 and i had the same problem i had to change the computer try that it started the first time
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:10 PM
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I have an 88' 2.3L that didn't want to start at one time. As a matter of fact it died while sitting at a stop light, and would NOT fire. I had to push the POS ~5 blocks down the street to my house. :

After a week of 2 of trouble shooting it turned out to be the plug under the coil where one of the wires had separated from it's connection. It didn't matter that I had good battery, good coil, good plugs, etc.... when the power wasn't even getting to them.

If you haven't done so, make sure you check the inertia switch for proper operation and connection.
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