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Q: Sputtering. 1998 Ford Ranger

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My truck sputters and cuts out

A: Hi there. This vehicle had a few different ...

Hi there. This vehicle had a few different problems that could cause the symptoms you have. A common reason is the vehicle losing the fuel pressure from the fuel pump going bad. Additionally, the ignition module, distributor, starter in the distributor, or the ignition coil are all possible causes. Only a diagnosis when the sputtering problem happens will narrow it down to one or more faults. The fuel pump is the most common cause but this is not always the case.

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