Repair guides and support for the 3rd generation Ranger, a compact pickup truck manufactured by Ford.

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only starts by popping the clutch [AKA] push start

Starts with the key sometimes but, wont take a jump. has a new battery a alternator

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Sounds like a bad starter/solenoid. Check for corrosion, bad wiring.

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I'd take it to AutoZone for a free computer check first and see if they can diagnose the issue before spending any bucks.

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Check the ignition switch and/or relay. If the relay is intermittent, the current will only be passed when it's cool.

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disconnect the positive battery cable while car is on if it shuts off the alternator is no good

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