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You can google that firing order question. I did with my 2.9. The one I found was correct.

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Oct 06, 2017

Put a draw meter on the starter lead to see how much juice it is taking to turn the engine. Sometimes bad injectors or even a leaking carburetor can flood cylinders and in effect hydro-lock the cylinders. Was the water level constant or can bad head gaskets drain into the cylinders?

Add a ground strap to the block. Could be that frame ground fails and it affects starter. The strap is not that expensive to try.

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Aug 22, 2017

ummm maybe the ignition switch???

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Jul 22, 2017

could be the crankshaft position sensor or cam position sensor failure or immobilizer problem
the wiring to those units is susceptible to failure over long time use

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Jul 01, 2017

It is possible that too much oil is in the engine, check dip dtick to make sure oil is at correct level. Other possibilites include some sort of blockage inside the engine, this is likely to be shown if an oil presure gauge is fitted and reading high. Sorry can't be more helpful.

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Mar 11, 2017

Sounds bad. Where is the transmission fluid going? I hope it's a leak and not getting into your antifreeze. DO NOT just run water.
Of course,change oil and filter to a good 10W30 synthetic to resist the heat (Pennzoil Platinum is good.
Now as to overheating.Change your thermostat(you need a thermostat in there) to make sure it isn't a problem.
Now as far as the leak...........you could pull the trans and fix the freeze plug(which is probably leaking) OR if it were mine and I wanted to postpone the expensive repair, I'd put a can of the liquid copper stop-leak in it(BAR'S LEAKS, I believe is the brand),then when it seals,drain the coolant out and after it cools, add pure concentrated antifreeze to achieve a 60/40 ratio. When you test your antifreeze it should show at least 45 below zero.
Do you think your radiator is plugged up? Could the fins be blocked with dirt or debris in front?
If you were running just water,it was probably boiling on you and that can ruin your engine because of air bubbles,voids.
If it IS a head gasket,you should see steady bubbles coming up the neck of the radiator,or the expansion tank even before it warms up.

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Mar 11, 2017

I thought I sent you pictures of the pick-up coil this morning, you set the timing by the distributor what is wrong now

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Nov 14, 2016

If you want to word it that way, it's inside the distributor. It's also called a pip sensor. It sends a signal to tfi module.

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Nov 14, 2016

Ok when the truck is cold start it and feel around the manifold with your hands for air escaping where you think the noise is if you can't find it that way try this when the motor is cold again spray the nanifold with a high concentration of soap in water and use an old window cleaner bottle that has a stream setting on it if there's air you will see a bubble the places to spray will be where the flanges bolt to the head and where the catalytics bolt into the manifold if nothing go under the truck and check the flanges at the back of the catalytics that bolt to the exhaust pipes do this also with the feel test described first in the post most times its a flange gasket at the back of the convertor but it pays to check everywhere GOOD LUCK Stephen

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Nov 14, 2016

The ignition system engine controller uses a distributor sensor with a sector wheel to provide the ignition timing. This distributor pick up coil provides the (CKP) sensor function.

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1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Nov 14, 2016

Is the hot water entering the heater core? Check the valve that regulates this.

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Oct 10, 2016

No it just has a distributor pickup coil, that in a sense is the crank sensor. These were a part that failed often.

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Sep 12, 2016

Depending on what uear...yes it has one. If it runs at all it would run very poorly. The engine timing is determined by data from various sensors including the crank sensor. Without that data the computer cannot correctly control fuel injector and spark timing.

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Sep 02, 2016


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1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on May 27, 2016

Most likely the starter. I worked on a vehicle where to access the bolt I had to get it from the top

1987 Ford Ranger | Answered on Apr 12, 2016

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