Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Learn Something Every Day

I drove the truck to work today, as you know, because I had some errands to run.

So, you know, kill a few birdies, as it were...

I noticed that my doctor appointment was for the 10th, not the 4th, so I didn't have to go do my labs today. So cross that one off the list.

I chased everyone out of the library early and went out to the truck.

It didn't start. Cranked fine, but no ignition. What's up with THAT?

I let it sit for a while. Maybe I flooded it.

Not with fuel injection, I didn't. But I let it sit.

It still would not start.

I opened the hood. Vapor lock? I'm not even sure what vapor lock is!

It didn't start.

I called the dentist to let them know I wouldn't be there. Probably a cancellation charge there!

I walked home. Even though my working hours weren't QUITE up yet.

Saw kid riding a BMX type bicycle. No helmet, of course. Wrong side of the street. And he didn't seem to have any brakes, he was dragging his feet to stop. Must be hard on the ol' sneakers!

An hour later, I got home.

I finished reading "Slake's Limbo", by Felice Holman. What an excellent little book!

I fired up the computer, did the Google on "Ford Ranger won't start"

Found out about the Fuel Shutoff Switch.

Got a ride back to the truck.

Tried it again, it would start.

Push the reset button on the Fuel Shutoff Switch.

Started right up.


Looked in the owner's manual. The information about this CRITICAL COMPONENT is on page 160!!! Who knew?

Here's a picture of it:

Now YOU know, too!

The reset button is inside that red ring at the top. I thought it would be popped up or something, but it wasn't. This may be the first sign of it going bad. At least it will be easy to replace, if so. Probably costs a fortune, though!

Walking mileage today: 3.5 miles (estimated)

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