Truck died, won't start. - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource

4.0L OHV & SOHC V6 Tech General discussion of 4.0L OHV and SOHC V6 Ford Ranger engines.

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-06-2013
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Northern, Wisconsin
Posts: 35
Truck died, won't start.

I have a 1998 Ford Ranger, with a 4.0L V6, automatic, 4WD, supercab.

I was driving it, last week, and it died; just like I shut the key off. There was a slight miss in it, for a while, but it got really bad, and shortly after, it died. I pulled the coil pack, had it tested,, and confirmed that it gave out. I ordered a coil pack and installed it.

After installing the coil pack, it ran great. The miss was gone, so I figured that I fixed the problem. After driving approximately 10 to 15 miles, it started to miss, again. It died on the way home.

I used a test light to see if my fuel initera switch was getting power. After 2 - 3 seconds, I'm losing power. I looked through Chilton Repair Manual, and it says that my camshaft position sensor needs to be replaced. The part was cheap, but it looks like I'm going to have remove my intake to get at this thing. Yes, I know that it was easy to get at before they put the engine in the truck. [rolls eyes]

Is there anything else I should be looking at? If my description is lacking anything, please let me know, and I do my best to get it for you. Thanks, in advance, for any replies.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2013
pearlkid9988's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Newnan Georgia
Posts: 828
not sure if the 4.0 has one but my sensor was mounted on what appears to be a modified distributor shaft my bearing in the shaft on my 3.0 went bad caused an occasional miss and every now and then it would hang a little and make it stall. just a thought.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-17-2013
evilclown312's Avatar
iTrader: (3)
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Logan ohio
Posts: 2,772
Yeah, camshaft position sensor makes since, or crankshaft position sensor if it has one?
Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2013
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Northern, Wisconsin
Posts: 35
Sorry to leave everyone hanging. Things have been really busy, around here.

I replaced the camshaft position sensor, which included removing the entire intake. Since I had the intake off, I figured that it would be a good time to clean everything.

It turns out that the camshaft position sensor was not the problem. Eventually, I found bad connection in the wiring, underneath the truck. After repairing that, the truck will start and run.

Now, I have another problem. The truck will start. It will run, after it warms up. The fast idle is not working, now. It also seems like it's idling too low.

What should the engine be idling at? Thankfully, I do have a tachometer, so adjusting it won't be hard.
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1988 Ranger Died Won't start westcoaststrokin SOHC - 2.3L & 2.5L Lima Engines 6 07-13-2014 09:54 PM
Incorrect jump start. Truck won't start now. Pilot General Technical & Electrical 3 10-27-2013 08:07 AM
Very weird! Won't start, won't shut off, flashing exterior lights fletcher969 2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech 4 01-14-2013 06:26 PM
Won't start, dome light dies when trying to start. Jerkstore General Technical & Electrical 4 10-02-2011 10:53 AM
Truck Died Now Wont Start! Roach2004 General Ford Ranger Discussion 21 06-12-2006 05:47 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:40 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.