I am super fed up with this problem. I know one of you NC boys can help this NC girl with it. When ever my 2000 Ford Ranger has been sitting for a period of time(over night) and I go to start it in the morning it will start and then shut off. I will eventually stay at an idle after one of two things happens, you drive for about 15min and then leave it off for a few and then start it again, using the gas peddle to give it a boost, or you just start it and leave you foot on the peddle for a few minutes until you hear it kick it. But the second one doesn't always work. I can follow directions well if someone can give me some advice on what I can do before I have to take it to someone and spend $150. Truck care is very expensive down here in Kill Devil Hills and a lot of places like to take advantage of girls, and/or don't fix it all the way so you have to come back and spend more money! HELP!!
now,now, take a deep breath. Have you had the truck codes checked? You can have them done for free at most parts stores like Autozone, NAPA, etc. Give them a call and see. If i had to guess, i would say the idle solinoid is sticking or going bad. I am not sure about where it is on the ranger, but it should be a easy fix. I just did a F-150 a little while ago. I had a F-150 with a coolant temp SENSOR go bad and cause a problem like this. Let me know.