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Old 05-16-2016
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I have a 1997 ranger when i start it, it will run for about 2 seconds. If i hold the throttle down it will run at a high rpm. I've replaced the masair flow sensor, Egr valve, and the exhause is working good. Any help would be appreciated.
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Does the CEL(check engine light) work?
Does it come on when key is turned on, it should?
And it should go off after engine starts, even for 2 seconds

So it will stay running at high RPMs, correct?
But won't idle

IAC(idle air control) valve may be stuck closed.
Remove the IAC Valve, two bolts
Plug in its wires
Turn on the key
The valve should open all the way for starting.
If it doesn't move then unplug the wires and try to clean the valve
Google: clean Ford IAC Valve

Doesn't matter what model they all work the same


Cold Engine won't idle with IAC Valve closed all the way.
When key is off IAC valve will be closed all the way
When key is on IAC Valve will open all the way, allowing extra air for starting.
That is why you will often hear engine RPMs go up on starting, IAC Valve is open all the way.
After starting computer closes IAC valve a bit to set idle RPMs, higher for cold engine and lower for warm engine.

When you hold the throttle open, higher RPMs, you are getting enough air into the engine, even with IAC Valve closed
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Old 05-18-2016
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Welcome to the forum

Does the CEL(check engine light) work?
Does it come on when key is turned on, it should?
And it should go off after engine starts, even for 2 seconds

So it will stay running at high RPMs, correct?
But won't idle

IAC(idle air control) valve may be stuck closed.
Remove the IAC Valve, two bolts
Plug in its wires
Turn on the key
The valve should open all the way for starting.
If it doesn't move then unplug the wires and try to clean the valve
Google: clean Ford IAC Valve

Doesn't matter what model they all work the same


Cold Engine won't idle with IAC Valve closed all the way.
When key is off IAC valve will be closed all the way
When key is on IAC Valve will open all the way, allowing extra air for starting.
That is why you will often hear engine RPMs go up on starting, IAC Valve is open all the way.
After starting computer closes IAC valve a bit to set idle RPMs, higher for cold engine and lower for warm engine.

When you hold the throttle open, higher RPMs, you are getting enough air into the engine, even with IAC Valve closed
thanks RonD ill try that and hope it works.
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Thanks RonD i will try that hope it works out. Thanks for the info.
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