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Ford Ranger Maintenance and Repair



  • Any experts who can help with a rebuild on a 2004 Ford Ranger and living near Orinda, California, able to come by to give some advice on what it would take to reclaim the truck or whether it is a lost cause? Below is a description.

    Black Ford Ranger 2004 - Tow Away
    Vehicle does not start as is. It needs to be towed away, car was towed to residence in a normal tow truck (flat bed not necessary). We used AAA.
    --Vehicle was involved in a rollover accident down a hill.
    --Damage to all sides. Doors do not open. Driver's side window broken
    --Passenger compartment appears intact. Engine compartment mostly intact, with the exception of some buckling in one corner which has displaced the battery.
    --There is a leak (maybe transmission fluid).
    --May be useful for parts only (all four tires look good) or as a project for someone who is knowledgeable. Welcome to come by to look at it.
  • wookie1wookie1 Posts: 98
    the 215/7/R15 or 205/75/R15 s the normal tire size for the ranger trucks
    i have owned a few and all of them had a sticker with this size
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    I have a 2008 Ranger 3.0L V6, automatic, extended cab, Sport. It was a cool day so I adjusted the vent so to blow a little bit warmer, but nothing. It doesn't matter how far I adjusted the temp control knob it never warmed up. The engine temp is running normal, indicator is halfway between C and H on the dash board gauge. I couldn't find a fuse in my manual that sounded like that would cause this.

    Any thoughts?
  • lacrossesoakedlacrossesoaked Posts: 80
    edited July 2013
    this advice is from a not-so-skilled shade tree mechanic wanna-be: when the vehicle is warm, feel the heater hoses as they enter and exit the heater core--this would be under the hood at your firewall. if both are warm/hot, then the problem is NOT a blocked heater core. If the hose leading into the core is cold, may be a blockage leading from your block to core. If the hose coming out of the core is cold, may be a blocked core. OR, your problem may be related to a faulty switch on your control panel and have nothing to do with hoses/water circulation. If your controls are activated by vacuum, you may have a broken vacuum line or a bad switch. you can do a visual check under the hood for vacuum breaks: look for small rubber tubing leading here/there and check for holes/breaks (sorry, that is the best I can do). If your controls are not run by vacuum, then probably a faulty switch/relay/wire. The controls operate a damper. When you ask for heat, the control should divert heat from the heater core into the passenger compartment.
  • tgoebtgoeb Posts: 1
    edited July 2013
    I have a 97 Ford Ranger 3.0 I'm trying to replace the water pump seems to have trouble with the boat on the air conditioner side can you help me find on the boat on the inside what I have to do to access them
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    The failed part was the air temperature door actuator. There's a good video on youtube that shows how to change it.
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