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  1. #1 2000 Ranger very hard to start in cold. 
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    Hello i have a 2000 Ranger xlt 4.0l v6 with 80,000k on it. Whenever the temp is cold and i let the truck sit for more than 6-8 hrs it is very hard to start. Everything turns but it just wont fire up.

    When i try giving it gas with the gas pedal while i'm trying to start it, it will start and will continue to run, but the second i take my foot off of the gas pedal it dies. eventually tho it will always start on its own after about 20 or so tries if not more. Then it runs great.

    I've put Heet in it multiple times this winter and usually will not let the gas get much under a half tank so i'm ruling out freezing unless you guys know something i don't?

    any help or opinions greatly appreciated.
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    Well I used to have this problem with my Mondeo, and the way I got round it was by leaving it in the garage. It must be the damp or something because my garage is very cold! The car has 200k miles on it and this trick works every time.

    Hope this helps
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    no garage to park in, but thanks for the input.
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    Coolant temp sensor.
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    think its frozen or broken?
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    Maybe its not plugged in, maybe its bad, maybe its not getting any voltage.

    Chilton's repair manuals have info on how to check them.
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    I've learned that starting issues with Ford Rangers has something to do with engine turning over, but spark and injector firing are intermittent or the crankshaft position sensor that has gone bad. Other auto parts that you may check on would be your relays, fuse panel or your fuel pump.

    Hope this helps.
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    ended up being the "idle sensor" and some other sensor that works with that one. everything was turning over. but its fixed now, thanks for the help guys.
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