We have a 2004 Ford Ranger Edge with the 3.0 V6-65,000 miles approx. Ours is fuel injected.
This little truck has run like a champ up until 2 weeks ago. Now, it takes about 5-10 seconds of cranking with two quick pumps, then a third pump to the floor for a couple of seconds- then it starts running. After that, it runs fine. It seems to start better after its warmed up---but not really...
1.) First thought-Bad Gas
So we ran higher octane with trusted gas and additive for 3 tanks-no helpee.
2.) Second thought-Fuel FILTER (did this AFTER we took it to a shop)
Fired right up and then went back to having trouble starting.
3.) Tried turning key to on to get the fuel pump primed and going to injectors.
Get ready to not feel so good:
We took the truck to a trusted repair place and also checked the Dealer and another repair shop to check the results and cost:
- They say it is the fuel pump. Cost:Almost $700.00
- The diagnostic test they ran to check it was fuel pressure to the injectors.
- They claim there is no doubt and it will fail soon and be on the back of a tow truck. The reason it costs so much is that the gas tank has to be dropped and the repair parts have to come from the Dealer (only one around here that has them). It may be a minor fix inside the pump but the labor to get to it and close it up is what is the killer.
Just to be on the safe side, we did number 2 above after we took it in to the shop- it wasn't the fuel filter.
We don't have the money for this and I came on here to see if anyone had any ideas before we eat the big one and have to pay this much money-probably 3 paychecks from now.
So..if anyone has had this issue and can either confirm the pump issue or steer us to an easier to handle $$$ fix, WE WOULD SURE APPRECIATE IT!
THANKS GUYS-Good luck Shane