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Old 12-22-2006
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Trouble starting first try

Alright, I have one more "Grievance to Air" on my Ranger...

When I go to start it, it won't turn over the first try. This is only when the engine is cold. If it has been running for a while and I stop momentarily, it will turn over with no problem.

But normally, I crank it for a second and let it go. Then it will fire up the second time right away.

I have no idea why it does this, anyone else have this problem?
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your battery may be on it's last leg.........
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did you put the right oil in it?
does it crank slowly or not at all?
if it turns but does not start right away problem could also be fuel mix
have you cleaned your MAF recently or at all?
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I take it in for the oil-changes. I am assuming they did...

I clean the MAF myself every 2 months with the K&M Recharge kit. Also, I replaced the Fuel Filter a few months ago as well.

It cranks normally, just doesn't start. I usually also buy the "Medium" gas, not the regular unleaded.

Hmmm....
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so you clean the MAF when you clean the air filter?
not with the same product I hope
use electronic parts cleaning spray - I use the CRC brands
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Assuming that you have no other driveability complaints, a slow start could mean that there is a problem in the fuel pump or the fuel pump check valve.


Try this test:

Tomorrow, with a cold engine, turn the key to ON without trying to start the engine. Leave it in the ON position for three full seconds, then turn it off.

Repeat the above step 3 more times.

Now try to start the engine. If it starts fine after the above procedure, it means that the fuel system is coming up to pressure too slowly to support a quick start. It could be your pump is tired or that the check valve is not working.

If the test does not help, you will need to look elsewhere.
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I think I found the culprit, I went to check my fluids and found the #&%$! oil cap sitting on top of my reservoirs! Bastards...Surprisingly, there was no oil spilt and the oil level was fine. I replaced the cap and it fired right up, imagine that.

Thanks guy's!
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