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Experience:  23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
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1998 ford ranger: runs fine..starts fine..engine is warmed up..shift

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1998 ford ranger hard to start when engine is cold, runs fine and starts fine when engine is warmed up. The engine is a 1.5 L 4 cylender 2wheel drive 5 speed straight shift transmission.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  JContin replied 7 years ago.
Hi, welcome to JA.
The hard start you refer to means that the engine turns for more than a couple of seconds to turn on ? or do you have to crank it a couple of times for it to turn over ?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Have to turn engine for long time, when it cranks it will sputter for a while, after i rev the engine a few times it begins to idle fine and run fine. After driving and it runs fine, if I crank it again before the engine cools down it will crank fine and drive with no problems.
Expert:  JContin replied 7 years ago.
have you noticed that after you start it and its still cold you get some bogging from the engine if you accelerate hard ? Or have you noticed pinging or a small amount of lost horse power when pulling hard ?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
There is no bogging when I accelerate hard and no pinging , no loss of horsepower, runs fine after I get it cranked. Can accelerate up a hill with no problem. also it idles smoothly after I drive it.
Expert:  JContin replied 7 years ago.
Well what you have are either clogged injectors or a clogged fuel filter. Have you had a tune up done lately or maybe spark plugs replacement to address the situation ?
Expert:  JContin replied 7 years ago.
in the description of your truck you put 1.5L engine but you meant 2.5 right ?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
It is neither of these, it runs fine after it is cranked. Don't have any mort time to keep replying to this, Yes it is a 2.5 motor the 1.5 was just a typo error. Have not had a tune up recently either. No need to reply any more