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Push starting

Hey it's my first time posting here. I just got my Ranger on Monday!
I've found that one of the greatest things about driving a manual transmission is you don't have to worry about get stranded with a dead battery in the wilderness, since you can just push start it. But I was looking at the manual for my 2000 Ranger (4-cyl, 2wd) and it specifically says not to push start it. I'm tempted to ignore the warning. Anyone know why we shouldn't push start these things, and what damage could be caused by it?
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I don't know if our newer trucks will start without the clutch pushed in since there is a safety switch built in although I have never tried it with the ranger but had with my '69 and my '91.
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Ive gotten my 98 to do it once but it took several pulls with another truck to do it.
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i used to do this with my '93 ranger, and my aveo when i had it last year. i thought it just wore your clutch down, which isnt a good thing, but it was fun going down a hill and popping the clutch at the right RPMs
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I just found this: http://www.cartalk.com/content/colum...bruary/02.html
If Tom and Ray say it's okay, then it's okay.
Though I'm still curious why the manual says not to.
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I think someone on here snapped a U-Joint trying to bump start it. I guess you have to pick the right gear.
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I thought I had read at one time that the newer trucks, mainly the 4.0 SOHC, couldnt be bump started because the electronics wont allow it to start. Is there any truth to this?
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could be rember starting mine when the starter died for about a week never caused me any problem have a 96 thou
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ive done it on mine once or twice.
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My 2004 is a manual with a 4.0 and I've push-started it...never an issue. Remember, though, that our cars are electronically fuel injected and, without electrical power, the car's fuel system will not work.

I don't know why the manual says not to push start it. The worst thing I can say about it is that it's a huge pain since the truck weighs so much. I push started a Mazda3 a few weeks ago with just me pushing it...the Ranger takes 3-4 guys pushing real hard to get enough oomph to drop the clutch and get it going and that's only if you don't have a friend with a tow strap and a truck to pull you.
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Remember, though, that our cars are electronically fuel injected and, without electrical power, the car's fuel system will not work.
Thats what it was. I couldnt remember exactly.
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I now remember something about my now-dead 1999 ford escort - most of the times that I push started it, the airbag light would go on and stay on until the next time I started it the normal way. So maybe in Fords there's some electrical signals that don't get sent if it's push started. Hopefully that's what the warning in the manual is about and not some risk of mechanical damage.
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I did it plenty of times with my old 87 Chevy Blazer, I did it
in second gear much easier than first gear.
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My 4.0 is push startable. That or rolldownthehillstartable
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i roll start my truck every once in a while just for ****s and giggles
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