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Icon5 88 Ranger Dies And Then Starts Again

Starts and runs fine for awhile-all of a sudden it dies (no warning before it dies - no electrical at all when it dies it is as if the battery cable was pulled) wait a couple of minutes and it starts right up and runs fine again. was only happening occasionaly but now happening more often. always able to restart after a couple of minutes 1988 5 speed 2.9L V6. any ideas. Does this model have a computer that I can have fault codes checked? thanks

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Will it stay running if you give it gas?
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will not run if you give it gas! there is no electrical at all.Like you cut power cable!
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Im betting you have a bad ground. Its the only thing i can think of.
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Hey Puffy63,

I've got the same problem on my 2000 B2500.
Battery tested bad, got a brand new one. But still it died the next day.
Did find a solution to this problem? --Was it a bad ground as suggested?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Pulling my hair out over here,
Dan
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I'm having the exact same problem, my truck is a 1988 ford V6 XLT automatic 150,000 mil 4x4 battery was old, but was running fine.. I would be driving along on the free way and it would just be dead, I'd pull over try to start it up and it would crank over but would not start.. after sitting 10-15 it would start right up and run fine for miles.. until the next time it did it..

What I've changed
battery new
Alternator New
Ignition mod New
starter Selnoid new
Positive battery cable new

Ground looks good from what I've seen on visual inspection..

What I'm going to change

ignition Coil
Dist magnetic pick up..

what I noticed last time it died the hazard flasher or turn signals did not work.. but head lights did work interior dome light worked..

Mine has alway stared up after about 10 min sitting

I'm at a loss as well as what to do next..

I'll change those other parts and see what happens..

If I figure it out I'll post it here ..

My mec said it's likely the ignition modulator ,distr pick up or coil..

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although your ground cable may still look good

chances are that they are corroded underneath the insulation

with a vehicle that old i would start with replacing all of the positive and negative cables including the alternator to battery positive cable , as well as the engine to firewall ground strap

but the 2 main ground straps to replace are the engine to firewall and body to frame ground straps

they are ground straps that are exposed aluminum and corrode quickly if not sprayed with some type of spray grease to protect it from the elements

also run a new 4 gauge power feed cable from the alternator to the back of the engine , back along the firewall , then along the inner fenderwell to the battery

routing the cable that way will no longer expose it to the high engine heat , the original factory cable was exposed to

( word of advise , buy a length of synthetic rubber hose with the proper inner diameter , and place the new cable inside the rubber hose for extra anti-short circuit protection )

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that is good advise.. I'll look into the ground issue.. I know the positive line was corroded some under the rubber I replaced that with a new cable,, but I didn't see any corrosion on the negative cable.. at all the ground strap from the fire wall to the engine block has some grease/ grime on it but looks intact maybe need replacement anyway .
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I replaced the ignition coil.
removed the braided block to firewall ground strap it's fine shape, but I cleaned it off with a degrease solution....going to replace the neg battery cable if I can find a replacement. OEM..style hope it fixes the problem..
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Also the same case on my neighbor's Tacoma, it was bad ground on his case chewed by a rodent.
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engine dies restarts 1988 2.9 v6

Hi everyone; I am new to the Forum; 1988 2.9V ranger Their is a black wire on the neg. lead, with some type of connector on NEG. battery cable (looks like a fuse holder ??; it has a square on end of wire if unplugged engine will die ; had corrosion ; does anyone know what this connecter is for?
been sitting for many months; would start & run; now only starts when primed; no noise from High pressure fuel pump I thought was low of fuel(also fuel gauge not working) changed in tank fuel pump years ago; put in & it ran out top; so FULL tank; will I have to drain tank or just plug line with rubber plug or wrap something around it so fuel won't run out; seems like I used to hear humming noise on front fuel pump a few seconds, but now no noise; relay clicks tho; any help or advice is appreciated; Thanks , steve
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88 ranger runs & dies

check the smaller NEG. lead wire on battery it has a funny looking connecter looks similar to a fuse holder if corroded or unplugged engine will not stat or will die
see my new post below, stevie

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