2002 3.0L Ranger, with 36k mi, occasionally refusing to start, but more
than happy to turn. Problem solves itself when tank is filled (problem
occurs only at or under 1/4 tank so far) or when left alone for a few
hours. Reading other posts, I'm thinking it's a fuel pump problem, but
what I can't figure out is why it's intermittent and not a problem when
the tank is full. Could I have a sludge issue? If so, then what? I
had the fuel filter replaced at 33k...so I don't suspect that.
One final paranoid question: I recently found the truck looking like
it'd been siphoned (gas-like residue on the side, the little metal flap
in the filling neck bent back...). Can that damage the fuel pump?