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hesitates in 1st gear

01 ranger edge 2wd V6 3.0, hesitates in first gear when i take off. I am going change oil, plugs, plug wires and air filter. But was curious if i should check my fuel injectors as well, if so how hard are they to get to and how can i check to see if they are bad??
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Injectors are not easy to get to on the passenger side and IMO that is completely useless. On modern vehicles injector rarely go bad. Does it hesitate in only first? or all gears but first is most prominent? Most problems with ranger hesitation out of idle and first gear are due to gas problems (filter, pump, etc.) or air intake (MAF, throttle body, etc). I wouldnt play with your injectors, never known anyone that has needed too
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Just first gear, well ill start with spark plugs, wires and air filter then see where im at. How hard is it to replace fuel filter, ifits easy maybe ill just do that too
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I wish people would describe their problem a lot better. Hesitates doesn't tell much about what the truck is actually doing. Does it only happen in first gear from a stop or while your rolling and kick it in the ***. does it happen when it's cold when it's hot. does it have a lack of power when you go to pass someone. Is it automatic or manual? What kind of mileage?

The better the description of your problem the easier it is to help you narrow down or even zero in on what is causing it. Every detail helps even things that might seem irrelevant.

Go ahead and do the plugs, wires, a/f, f/f and oil change. Sometimes a little maintenance will do wonders.
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^ if that aint the truth idk what is. Your fuel filter is real easy to do. Ive got a 2000 ranger same motor and your filter is on the inside of your driver side "fuel rail" or the driver length of the frame. You can google pics. The part is relatively cheap. But like Scot said: just simple maintenance...a good solid 1+ hour oil change (the last few drops are the worst), changing to a good purolator or decent brand air filter, getting a new set of plugs (wouldnt do the coil or wires...the stocks rarely go bad except after wrecks), heck even sea foaming (I recommend) all of this will positively affect your vehicle in ways you wouldnt realize. maybe even a tranny fluid change. or rear diff change as well. idk your money situation but a front to back fluid change is great
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just keep up on the maintenance of your truck do the correct changes at the correct milage and things should be fine. i've got a 94 4.0 that only has a lifter tick. and i do everything within a 1000 miles or so of what the owners manual recommends. every once in a while throw some Fuel injector/system cleaner in your tank with some 93 octane and seafoam your engine every once in while about 50 or 60 miles before you change the oil and plugs and you'll be good to go.
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I changed the spark plugs, wires and changed the oil and the air filter, def running better. I guess it was just lacking some maintenance, i guess i need to start being a better owner lol. But thanks for the help guys..
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Change the fuel filter too. glad to see it was just lack of maintenance.
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Keep the maintenance up, and if ever in doubt.....the skinny pedal...more of it.
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^ gosh this thread is full of honesty.

two rules so far:
1. keep good care of your truck internally as well as externally
2. The better pedal is the smaller one to hit...i like to think of it as heaven...few find the small pedal but many find the big pedal...
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