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Ford Ranger Maintenance and Repair



  • swankerswanker Posts: 1
    I have a 1995 Ford Ranger that the engine light is always coming on. I have taken it to six different places to check and they all give me a different answer we have replaced everything they have told us and still it keeps coming on. Does anyone know what is going on with these trucks
  • brysuebrysue Posts: 35
    I have 97 Ranger that is chattering also. A Ford dealer told me that there is problem with the crankshaft belt and pulley. I guess the pulley gets oblong. This information was reluctantly given to me. And it was also "unsure". 300 dollar possible fix. Why can't dealers be honest? I understand the grey area, but huge corporations? I guess that is how they get so big. :mad:
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    6 places can't repair a 'check engine light'?

    You need to find better mechanics.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Never heard of 'oblong crankshaft belt and pulley'.

    'Chatter when accelerating' is ping. I bet you have the 3L motor. Many of these ping, and the only solution is to use higher octane gas. These 3L have pinged for the last 15 years and Ford seems to not want to re-design them to stop it.
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Ok, Let me check.....nope, crystal ball isn't working today.
    What codes have shown up?
    What have the different places told you?
    What has been replaced?
    Did the different mechanics do the work or did you do it?
    Does the light stay on constantly or just flicker on and then off?
  • How big of a tire can i get on a 97 Ford Ranger 4X4 reg cab, without it rubbing. I have stock 15X7 rims. I have read i can go with a 265/75/15 and it will fit on the rim. Will it rub???

  • My 03 Ranger 4X4 has about 32k miles on I had my truck inspected at the NJ Inspection Station...the truck failed inspection because the right rear brake operated with only 1/2 the stopping power of the left rear bake. Any ideas as to cause? Fix? thanks, Steve G.
  • mluckmluck Posts: 2
    my 94 3.0 ranger sometimes won't fire,no spark replaced the ignition module and coil..worked for a while,the again won't fire..removed the battery ground,put back on,and it another module to see if i got a junk one first..what could it be if not the ignition only seems to do this when engine has be running for a while and is warm..
  • i have an 02 ranger that the cargo light does not work when i open either door. i changed bulbs . how hard is it to find the problem, any help is great. thanks ahead of time.
  • i have an 02 ranger that does the same thing at about 92mph. i have a feeling it may be a factory installed govenor. the tires are only rated for 109mph. safety feature i think.
  • jake4379jake4379 Posts: 2
    I have a 1999 Ranger. Recently I started to get a rubbing sound from the right front tire (I think). I took the tire off and the sound went away, after I put it back on it came back. Does anyone have any ideas
  • leonardcleonardc Posts: 1
    my trans is starting to wind out. fluid doesn't look or smell burnt. i changed it anyway and it didn't help. any suggestions? thank you.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Not really want to nag at you, but you replied to a message from Nov 20, 2003, about 2 1/2 years ago....
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Well, I grew up in the sticks (still live in the sticks), and I don't know what 'wind out' means in your question.

    'Wind out' in my youth meant to accelerate to high rpm's in a gear before shifting. Do you mean your automatic transmission will not upshift until it reaches high rpms?

    If this is so, this sometimes can be caused by the vacumn line to the vacumn modulator valve on the transmission is unplugged. Without vacumn to this valve, the tranny will not shift at the usual speed and must be over-reved before it shifts.

    This is something you can rather easily check. On my 95 4L, this valve is on the right side of the tranny, toward the front, rather high up and behind a shield or something. But you should be able to get to the line and check to see if it is still on the valve. Follow the line back to the motor to check that end also.

    If this valve has a hole in its diaphram, you will be sucking tranny fluid up the vacumn hose and into the intake, burning the fluid. Your truck should smoke, a white smoke, and your tranny fluid should be low. These valves seldom go bad.

    If this line is ok, I think it's time to take it to a tranny shop.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    A badly out of balance tire, or front end out of alignment can cause a tire to 'cup', and/or wear excessively on one edge. This, especially cupping, can cause a rubbing sound as the vehicle is driven.

    Internal problems in a tire could also be the problem.

    Let a good alignment shop look at the tire. They should be able to tell quickly if there is balance or alignment problems.
  • bob110bob110 Posts: 3
    This on-going problem is frustrating. I have replaced the sensor, solenoid and hoses. Have good vacuum readings and have changed the gas cap. The code reappears each time. Has anyone run across this problem and have an answer?
  • I have a 1998 Ford Ranger Extended Cab 4X4 and recently the anit theft alarm has been constantly going off and I have not found anyway to disable the system. I have spoken to the service department at the local dealership, and automotive electrical specialists and no one has been able to help me. Does anyone know what could/is causing this, and please tell me how to fix the problem. I appologize if this has been posted before and I have missed it. Any help is apreciated, please email me if you can help. :confuse:
  • hodsh10hodsh10 Posts: 1
    I also have a 2000 Ranger, 3L motor, that mattering sound when accelerating or when parked. I have read what you had to say about the high Octane gas, but was told just today that this sound was caused by a spun bearing on the crankshaft. It was further explained that this particular year the crankshaft was aluminum and that there was a service bulletin saying that this motor was prone to have this issue. It was suggested that I have the engine replaced entirely, or rebuilt. Does anyone have an opinion on what I've been told, or can you confirm the validity of this information? A compression test was done and the engine is otherwise fine.
  • jnealjneal Posts: 247
    Yep, I have an opinion on what you were told.........
    Whoever told you that the crankshaft was aluminum:
    1. Is either ignorant beyond belief
    2. Is lying to you
    3. Or you misunderstood what they said.
  • my mistake , i`m new here, did not bother to look at the date. will be more alert in the future. thanks
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