'84 Ford Ranger, 2.31 liter, Manual transmission
I am having a problem with my '84 Ford Ranger. When you turn the key to
the "start" position, it starts right up. The second you release the
key to the "Run" position, the engine DIES. All the panel lights remain
lit. The panel lights go out when the key is turned to the "off" position.
I have checked all fuses and fusible links. I have also replaced the
ignition switch. I burned out the starter working on this problem and
had to replace it also. I do have the service manual for this truck,
but cannot find anything in it that has helped fix the problem.
I am very handy with engines and have kept this truck running well until
this current problem.
Any suggestions from you as to what the problem is and what I should do
to get my truck running again would be greatly appreciated! The
holidays without wheels just ain't no fun!