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Ford Ranger Maintenance and Repair

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  • larcrillarcril Posts: 1
    I have a 1992 ranger. I just had a rebuilt motor installed and now I have other problems. The re builder installed a new starter solenoid because the truck would not start. After the installation the truck still does not start but can be jumped out at the solenoid, sounds like the ignition switch is shot. Then last night before I could change the ignition switch the headlights would not work but the cluster lights came on. I turned the high beams on they worked just fine until I tried to turn them off! The switch operated but he lights stayed on. I had to pull the fuse to get them off for the night. Since the ignition switch and the multifunction switch are in the same column could they have burned up together or do I have other problems? Please help! :confuse:
  • I have a 98 Ranger 3.0 liter that has started to run rough and now the check engine light has come on. Any ideas?
  • I was having a similar problem with my 94 Ranger and the mechanic suggested replacing both the Fuel Pump Relay and the PCM Power Relay. It has only been a couple of days but I haven't had any problems since. They are the bottom two relays on the right side of the fuse/relay box...
  • Okay i have a 1993 ranger 2.3L and the fuel injectors are not getting currant HELP!! its driving me insane i need some satisfaction
  • lostwrenchlostwrench Posts: 288
    Hi guys and gals: Can anyone tell me the year that the current 2.3 L Mazda engine was first put into the Ford Ranger?
  • i think the first year was '93
  • I have a 1998 ford ranger 4x2 extended cab, and I have been having a problem with a noise that sounds like a foghorn or a deep humming noise from the intake near the air filter, that is intermittent at idle. Occasionally, the engine will surge when I accelerate while it is humming, but usually not. I thought it might be my mass air flow sensor, but it does not look bad at all. There are no air or vacuum leaks in the intake, the seals all seem good, and there is nothing caught in the intake that would seem to be causing it, also it is completely random. There is no rhyme or reason to when it occurs. I did recently move to Houston, TX (HOT and HUMID) from Colorado/Wyoming. This started as I pulled into town. Any Ideas?
  • This has happened before on my 1998 Ranger 4.0L, I replaced both purge solenids, checked the wiring, and could find no leaks in the hoses that are part of the system. The light stayed off for several months, but now is back on. Stll no obvious problems upon inspection, but my mileage seems to have dropped 5 MPG. Any ideas?
  • My 1998 Ranger 4.0L keyless entry does not work. I replaced the batteries in both remotes and reprogrammed them to the truck. But I cannot get them to work at all. The one remote is sort of old, but the other is pretty much brand new. They used to work fine, and then they slowly started not working. For a while, they would do everything except what you requested. Any thoughts?
  • 1993 ford ranger is not getting currant to the fuel injectors the radio also will not work i was thinking it is possibly in the ignition switch?
  • It was introduced mid year 2001. I remember this well since I waited and waited and waited just to find out that they were only going to offer it on the striper trucks. All I wanted was the 2.3 a/c and the hinged rear doors.

    I had to get a loaded truck with the 4.0 to get those darn doors.

    Don't get me wrong I love my 4.0 but the 2.3 mileage sure would be nice now.
  • hciaffahciaffa Posts: 454
    Are you sure you reprogrammed it correctly. You have to turn the ingnition from off to on without starting the engine 8 times and then the doors should lock. You then push the unlock button on the fob and then do the same thing for the other key fob right after the first one and they should work. I believe the instructions are in your owners manual.
  • hciaffahciaffa Posts: 454
    I really believe that it was introduced before 98 Maybe 94-95 my friend has a 97 and complains about haveing to have 2 plugs per cylinder. I know you can't get the 2.3 with the 4 doors. As far as the doors go I think you got taken as I have a 98 3.0l Super cab with the four doors this was the first year. In fact I was just looking at a new 05 super cab with the rear doors with a 3.0l engine.
  • okay so now i know its not the ignition switch now i am thinking it could be the powertrain control moduale
  • jdyergjdyerg Posts: 1
    I have an 87 Ford Ranger that I just bought. It has a fairly new clutch, but the master cylinder ran out of fluid. I filled it back up, and have repeatedly checked it over and over, and it is not leaking fluid. My problem is that now the clutch will work perfectly until about an hour of driving. When the truck heats up the clutch pedal gets soft, and it begins to slip. Do I have air in the system? What can I do? Please help!?!
  • heideheide Posts: 2
    no there is no a/c on the truck just revs at intermitten times not always but just sometimes.. revs from 2 to 4 on stand still stays at 2 then goes up on own to 4 .tried kicking down but doesn't make difference, no idea any ideas what is wrong? :confuse:
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    The IAC Idle Air Control valve is bad, probably just needs cleaned.

    This is a cylinder, usually silver and black. About the diameter of a 35mm film cartridge, and about twice as long. On left side on intake. Has a couple of wires going into it.

    This is just a solnoid and valve which meter air into the intake for idle control. It can be removed (2 bolts) and cleaned, use car cleaner on the valve part. Do not get carb cleaner into the electronic end, it will eat up the coil in there. Be careful removing and do not damage the gasket.

    If cleaning does not fix it, you need to buy a new one. About $60??????
  • Actually there are two 2.3 liter engine. The first one was introduced in the 80's and was placed in Ranger until 1997. In 1998 the engine grew to 2.5 liters. Ford introduced the current 2.3 liter mazda developed engine half way threw the 2001 model year.
  • hciaffa wrote:

    (I know you can't get the 2.3 with the 4 doors. As far as the doors go I think you got taken as I have a 98 3.0l Super cab with the four doors this was the first year. In fact I was just looking at a new 05 super cab with the rear doors with a 3.0l engine.)

    Nope atleast not in the 2 wheel drive models. I've owned a 2001 and currently have a 2002 and in both years if you wanted the 4 doors in a 2 wheel drive you basically had to get a loaded truck with the 4.0 liter. Atleast in 2002 they added limited slip though because it was kind of scary driving the 2001 in the Washington rain sometimes
  • I haven't checked the IAC yet. That is a good idea. Sounds like you have seen this before. Thanks for the advice. I will take a look at it.
  • Yes. I programmed it right. I followed the instructions in the owners manual, but no luck. I was just wondering if anyone had seen the problem before and whether it is simply a bad remote key control module/reciever or if maybe there was something simpler and cheaper. Thank you though.
  • my 1996 ranger is doing the same thing , so no i dont think it would be the fuel pump because i just put a new one on my and it still does it,
  • I have not removed the bed, but my 1991 4WD Ranger fuel gauge also stopped working. I estimate fuel level by the trip odometer. Let me know if you fixed the fuel gauge and what the problem was...
  • My 1991 Ranger 2.9L 5-speed manual has the same problem, though I have never replaced the clutch. No warning signs, just one day the pedal will not disengage the clutch. I can start in neutral, hot shift (grind a gear) and go. Or I can start the engine in gear and go. The clutch is definitely staying engaged at all times. Reservoir at the fire wall has fluid, no signs of leakage or broken line. Not sure if it is a slipped pedal linkage, or problem with the master cylinder, or something else... let me know if you solve the problem and what it was.
  • My battery cables were corroded worse than I thought although I scrubbed them with a solution of baking soda. The corroded cables weren't allowing the 8 yr. old battery to be recharged by the alternator and the battery went dead. Ended up, I had to sand paper the cable terminals till they were a shiny copper, as well as, buy a new battery.
  • I could use some advice. I'm looking for a pick up. I just looked at a few Rangers. The 96 has a 4WD High and a $WD Low. Since there is no manual I want to ask a stupid question. When do you use the High and when do you use the Low?
  • oldman1oldman1 Posts: 1
    My son wants to know can you convert that 2.3 ford motor that has 8 spark plugs back to one that uses 4? and, while Im asking...is that motor going to fit in his 90 model mustang...it also had a 2.3, only it had the standard 4 spark plugs.
    thanks in advance for the help.
    Carolyn Oldman
  • brysuebrysue Posts: 35
    Clean the MAF sensor with electronic cleaner. If this does not work then it may need to be replaced.
  • brysuebrysue Posts: 35
    The IAC may need to be cleaned or replaced. Get yourself a Chilton manual. You can get the manual at an auto parts store. It will give you problems and possible solutions. They cost about 13 to 15 dollars and are worth every penny.
  • Hey All, I just bought this Ranger, and it runs great until I "pound it" a little and then it begins to blow black smoke, won't idle and won't sustain a steady speed - as if running out of fuel. I read some of the other posts, and there was the reference to the "feeling of it running out of gas". There was also a reference to the MAF sensor - like I said, just got the truck and I don't have a manual, so the question is: Does it sound like the same MAF issue? if so, where is it located?? Much thanks for any help! Have a good one!

    FYI... Gasoline in our area has recently hit a $1.00 a litre - a litre is slightly smaller than a quart. that would be about $3.80 a US gallon.
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