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Slow starting 4.0 4x4 with 22,000 miles

Hi , my 4.0 ranger has been firing wright up till cold weather . this week it's below 20 an my ranger has been on cold starts winding a long time to start ? do i need plugs ? I've already added cleaner ,deicer fluid to the gas tank ! What do you think ? Thanks Bud
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do you just turn the key as fast as you can when you get in it. You know without letting the fuel pump pump fuel to the engine? only thing i can think of besides its really cold out side lol
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do you just turn the key as fast as you can when you get in it. You know without letting the fuel pump pump fuel to the engine? only thing i can think of besides its really cold out side lol
agreed, turn the key forward and let the fuel pump kick on, I usually wait about 3 seconds when it's cold out. I have been having a problem kinda like yours, I think it's just so really damn cold out! BTW I just had a full tune-up at 90,000 and your truck is new so that wouldn't be it.
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My truck starts real slow in the winter as well. I always let the pump run for a bit and it usually takes a couple extra seconds to start up. Nothing out of the normal.
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You may need a new battery, or one with more cold cranking amps.
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You can use a electric battery blanket warmer. The cold can rob alot of batt crank power. Regardless what battery you own. Replace your fuel filter too, if its been a while. Could be bunged up.
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Eh, that's only -5 C. I plug in my truck when it drops below -10 C. Doubt a battery warmer will help much, it sounds like the battery is defective.

I've started my truck when it was below -10 C without plugging it in and it took like an extra second of cranking to start.

When it gets cold I put methyl hydrate in the gas to get rid of moisture. Perhaps there's some moisture in the line causing the fuel pump to not deliver fuel fast enough.
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Sounds normal. Probably the battery. Take it to an auto parts store and have them test it to see if it needs replaced.
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New battery 11-5-10 from Auto Zone

Hi , I got the best gold battery A.Z. had . The last time I fueled up was september an I still have 2/3 of a tank left over . I put gas treatment in it after it wouldn't hardly start . I went out today it was about 45 an it cranked a lot better so I put octane booster in the tank an an ran till warm . Will summer time gas cause this problem ?? I,m going to try to start early in the a.m. tomorrow while it's 25-30 degrees . I'm a old man an can't hear the fuel pump run so I waited about 30 seconds today before trying to start an it was 75 % quicker starting . It normally starts instantly . I've got a caravan I drive mostly . I really appreciate the input from all !!!! Thanks Bud
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Wait, how old is the battery? Lots of sitting is hell on a battery, and what you describe still sounds like a weak battery to me.
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22,000 miles? what yr is the truck if its 3yrs or newer stop wasting your time and take that thing into the dealer...WARRANTY!!! LOL!!
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Hi & Thanks to all , After I put the dryer cleaner & octane booster in the tank I ran it till warm to mix the stuff & today it cranked right up . I still had summer time gas in the tank ?? I don't drive the truck often It sits in the barn covered .I usually pull a trailer for working ( hauling ) as I don't want any scratches .I guess I made a sissy out of it but , if you really get down on it hard this little red Ranger will get it on . Thanks so much . Bud
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First thing i would do is go find some fresh gas.Your fuel is almost 4 months old. Try topping off with premium gas and see if that helps.
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need to put some sta-bil in it if you plan on lettin it sit up for awhile..it help the gas from goin stail.
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