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starting problem

Hi, i have a 3.0L v6 and always has problems starting after its been sitting for about 15 minutes or more. It takes about 5 to 10 seconds of cranking over to get it to start. If i leave it for acouple hours it starts fine or if it is just started and turned off. If anyone has any information about this i would greatly appreciate it.
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Sure.

Try turning the key to Run, listen for the fuel pump to run, key back to off, repeat 3x.

Then try to crank it.
If it starts right up every time when you do that, it could be the fuel pump check valve letting pressure bleed off or it could be the fuel filter, seeping from its disconnects.
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yea i have tried that test a couple of times and it still doesnt start any better is that how u would tell if ur fuel filter is clogging up?
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Is this engine carberated or fuel injected ?
Sounds like heat soak is heating the fuel as it sits , basicly causing vapor lock.
If it's fuel injected you may have a leaking fuel injector dripping raw gas into the manifold after the engine is shut off causing a flooded condition.
With ample time to sit the excess gas evaporates .
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so then i gota take apart my fuel injector to fix it?
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Change your fuel filter.
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i changed my fuel filter but it didnt do anything, i guess it must be my fuel injection
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Hey Shane:

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.
Didn't help.

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
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well i hope it isnt the fuel pump but if it is i can probably just go to a scrap yard and pick one up for cheap. My problem is a little bit differnt tho because it starts good when its cold but when it is warm it doesnt want to start. Usually i have to hit the gas too and it will fire up quicker.
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Shane- Look at my post "Turn Over Problem" One of the guys helped me with a suggestion of using Seafoam in the gas tank and turning the key from off to on three times before turning it over the fourth time. For some reason it's working for me.
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