Strange thing going on

ford
ranger

#1

I have a 88 Ford Ranger that is acting really strange. I will be driving along and all of a sudden it starts to bog down and Shake, spit and sputter. It also starts smoking a little. Here is the strange part, If I turn the key off and on real quick it starts running fine again for about a quarter of a mile and then it starts doing the same thing again. Things I have done are: replaced the fuel pump, cleaned out the gas tank. changed out the fuel regulator. Something else is that some days it runs fine and other days it does not. Turning a corner really sharp also seems to cause it to happen.


#2

Where does it smoke from? “Smoking a little” can mean a lot of different things. What color smoke? Smell?

You replaced the fuel pump & regulator - filter? Have you actually checked the fuel pressure? That’s the only way to know.

How old are those plugs & wires?

Any signs of coolant in the oil or vice versa?


#3

I believe the smoke is white.
Yes, I replaced the fuel pump, regulator and filter.
Fuel pressure was tested.
Replaced plugs and wires recently.
No signs of coolant in the oil or vice versa.


#4

Ok the smoke is white - and coming from where?


#5

Have you lost any coolant?


#6

My bad, I’m assuming it is coming from the tail pipe. I can check on that to make sure.
I do have a leaky radiator.


#7

Also note the smell of the smoke when you find it.

I think that you should check the compression.