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Old 11-30-2011, 02:33 AM
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1987 ranger fuel accumulator need help

Alright so I'm going to be buying a 1987 v6 standard cab shortbox 4x4 from a buddy of mine for dirt cheap. There are some known issues with it that i need to fix before snow hits. He said his mechanic looked at a leaking gas issue and said it was the high pressure fuel pump. It leaks gas badly under the truck and its coming from the fuel accumulator and not the HP fuel pump. Turns out it looks like a rock bounced up and hit the plastic canister busting a decent sized hole in it.

How do I go about finding a replacement fuel accumulator, when nobody sells replacements? Are there any others fuel accumulators from any other vehicles that I could use in its place?

I've already called all the junk yards around here and none of them have that old of a ranger.

Need some help here, thank you in advance.
 
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:56 AM
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1987 Ranger 2.9L V6 'Fuel Accumulator.'

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Alright so I'm going to be buying a 1987 V6 standard cab shortbox 4x4 from a buddy of mine for dirt cheap. There are some known issues with it that i need to fix before snow hits. He said his mechanic looked at a leaking gas issue and said it was the high pressure fuel pump. It leaks gas badly under the truck and its coming from the fuel accumulator and not the HP fuel pump. Turns out it looks like a rock bounced up and hit the plastic canister busting a decent sized hole in it.

How do I go about finding a replacement fuel accumulator, when nobody sells replacements?

Are there any others fuel accumulators from any other vehicles that I could use in its place?
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Since there's no such thing as a "fuel accumulator" listed in the Ford truck parts catalog for these trucks, I'm going to assume you want the plastic fuel reservoir.

FOTZ-9K044-A (replaced E7TZ-9K044-A) .. Fuel Reservoir Assy / 1987/89 original marked: E7TA-9K044-AA / Available from Ford.

Applications: 1987/89: Bronco, Bronco II, Econoline, F100/350 & Ranger, all with EFI / 1990/91 Econoline w/single fuel tank & EFI.

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Old 11-30-2011, 03:51 AM
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Wow, I've been searching all over the internet for the name of it and for pictures and all I could find was fuel accumulator. I ran a search for fuel reservoir and got several hits with pictures and that's the exact part. Thank you I really appreciate it.
 
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:06 AM
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Ok well its been a couple months and I couldn't avoid the snow, and I finally bought the truck drove it home and there are some issues with it but none seem to be big.

If the high flow fuel pump goes out would it cause the fuel reservoir assembly to overflow?
Should install the new high flow pump that I got first or should I go ahead an buy a new seservoir?

I can't really tell where the leak is coming from on the reservoir.

The truck shakes a bit and the rpms are all over the place while idling. If I don't keep my foot on the gas rpms will eventually drop and stall out. While driving its fine.

Somebody told me to clean the iac and I'm thinking of running concentrated injector cleaner through the system.

Is there anything else I should check or do?
 
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Old 01-24-2012, 04:42 AM
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Check all your vacuum lines under the hood. They may have deteriorated because of age. If you have fuel injection {EFI}, you may have a MAP sensor that will mess up the idle something fierce if it fails. It is a cigarette package sized box with a few wires connected and a vacuum line connected to the intake manifold. Unplug it and see if the idle smooths out.
A failing pump won't have pressure or volume, or will lack both. If the reservoir is cracked or not attached tightly it will leak. Perhaps the 'snap lock' connectors aren't seated all the way???
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Old 01-25-2012, 06:31 PM
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Ok so I took off the reservoir because the leak was coming from it, cleaned it up real good. Common sense tells me that the passage ways had to be air tight otherwise it would leak gas so I plugged up the barbs and blew on it and sure enough the bottom left and top right (holding it with the screw holes facing away from you) had a leak around the seal, where the canister screws on...

I tried to unscrew it but I can't, any suggestions on how to open it up? Or seal it up?
 
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Oil filter wrench and a new "O" ring. I don't remember off the top of my head but there may actually be filter in there. I know the early "F" series with EFI had the filter. If your's is so equipped the Purolator part# is F50126.
 
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:36 PM
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Ok so instead of removing it to look inside I decided to use some fuel tank epoxy and seal the entire crack which worked well. Second I cleaned out the iac let it air dry overnight then put it back on and surprisingly it worked.....for a little bit I should say....I had to jump the truck to get it to run and it didnt turn over right away...after it turned over it idled a little funky then settled out and ran pretty good. Still a little shaky in first gear but it ran and didn't die so that was a plus.

Ok so there's more, after driving it around then letting it sit and idle I noticed smoke coming up through the passenger floor board, and the floor board was hot... I'm assuming there is a hole in the floor board and the heat and smoke is coming from the exhaust....

Now to the issue, I drove it home and parked it for 2hrs or so then tried to start it back up and it won't start. It turned over at first then died real quick, then wouldn't start again. At this point I'm not sure if its battery related or if its something else. Even after cranking it I can turn on the headlights and they don't dim or anything.
 
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Let it be in run for a bit, turn it off, and see if you still have fuel pressure in the log by pressing the schrader valve. It should spurt a bit. if it doesn't you either have fuel pump problems, clogged filter, or bad fuel regulator. Then check for spark by either a timing light on a plug or the traditional way. No spark then suspect either coil or distributor module. Next find all the black wires that connect to ground and clean them and the body where they attach really well until all shiny including the stupid computer one on the black lead of the battery. I think there are 7.

Oh and I drove mine for a year with the in tank pump broken.

The hot floor could mean you plugged up the Cat converter. Do not use engine cleaners or degreasers near the O2 sensor unless you want to do a new one.

This is pretty much all the 1st generation problems. It will either be simple or make you crazy chasing down gremlins.
 
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I have been working on a 86 Ranger lately, and I just got finished replacing the "fuel filter". I don't quite understand why Ford calls it a fuel "reservoir" when it's main purpose seems to be to hold the filter.

Who in the world at Ford decided to put it right alongside the transfer case? And I was looking in the Chiltons manual to try and figure out where the filter was, and their comment was"this should last the life of the vehicle". Chiltons and others usually "lift" this info from the factory manuals, so who at Ford had the brainy idea that a fuel filter will last the life of the vehicle? This little thing runs great with lots of power(2.9 v6) and I believe it has many years left in it.

Just for the record, I had to take the skid plate off, take a metal shield off that is around the reservoir(filter housing). Taking the fuel pump assembly bolts out does help in getting the lines loose. That metal thing around the filter is not going back on by the way.

Get ready when you take one of the lines going to the rear loose, fuel is going to go everywhere and down your arm from the fuel tank. A mechanic where I work says he takes the gas cap off and puts a plastic bag over the fuel inlet, and then puts the cap back on. He says this slows down the fuel running out when you pull the line loose. I ended up quickly kinking the line to stop the fuel, and then taping it in that position. It didn't seem to cause any permanent damage to the line.
 
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Not one of FORD's "better ideas".
 
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The filter in my truck has lasted the life of the truck so far. I bought it in 1984.
I tried to buy a replacement filter element once, and could not find one. There is a pump mounted on the frame just about under the driver seat in my truck. It is protected behind a metal plate. I took it down once thinking the filter must be in there. Nope, it's a pump.
I actually don't have a clue where the filter is, and I don't think it is even mentioned in the shop manual.
I guess it will last the life of my old Ranger.
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On the short cab it is just under the back edge of the cab, on the frame rail inside, for the long cab people it is back about the rear edge of the drivers door. From what I've seen and heard, the 85/86/87 2.9's are the ones with the filter, the 88's just have the cannister, which is apparently there only for low tank fuel levels.

YUP the transfer case is in the way, but fortunately the two 10 MM attach bolts are on the outside of the rail.
 
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All of the 2.9 Rangers I have experience with, (86, 87, 88), have a fuel filer just forward of the HP pump and the accumulator rear of it.

Best practice is to start your engine then disconnect, or trip the roll over switch under the glove box and let the truck run out of fuel. It makes the mess a bit less when working with those lines.

The shields are over those components to protect them from debris and heat.

I have one of those reservoir/accumulator if you need it.

PM me if you are interested.

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Your epoxy trick didn't work - started leaking 2 days after selling it. Ordered part online.

thanks for the post with part number whoever posted it, was having troubles finding one.
 
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