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Ford Ranger Maintenance and Repair



  • Hello - Help Plz,

    Have a '00 Ranger 3.0 v6; oil gauge reads zero until engine warms.
    Probably sending unit; get new one.
    Unable to find location of sending unit on engine to replace it.

    2000 ranger 3.0 V6, a/c, automatic tranny,

    Can anyone help?

    Plz & T. Y.

  • Same problem on my 2002 4.0L. Replaced the EGR valve but the check engine light still comes on. Blew out the tube. No sucess. How does one know if it's the sensor or the solenoid? I too hate to throw new parts in without knowing the cause. Symptoms on the road are slight stumbling at 20-40 mph with light throttle and occasionally idle does not drop down. That suggests something sticking?
  • i have a 2000 ranger that i love to death. i've got 82000mi. on it and never changed the trans fluid,rear-gear fluid,transfer-case fluid in it but i have babied it as much as a truck can be. i only use 5w30 penzoil every 3000 and fram filters. its only a 3.0 but i've pulled boats and jet-skis with it. i recently put brakes on the front for the second time but with rotors. i also did rears for the first, no drums! i have no thunks, missed shifts, etc. but i do have this annoying noise coming from either the serpentine belt or the idler pulley but i have changed both, belt twice. any suggestions before i take it back to ford which if i'm not working on it, it won't go anywhere else but ford, will be appreciated. a few more things, i love to go 4wheelin :) with it, i've got a 3"body-lift on it that a buddy and i did one sat. and it has 31"kellys on it. i have pics of it but not for the pc....yet!
  • hi there. first of all some of the problems seem to be mediocre(not a big deal) but i hate annoyences as much as anyone. the dome light deal depending on how long it stays on is supposed to do that but only for certain length of time. some times my ranger is hard to get out of park also but i have two of them and they do the same thing but not all of the time, they are autos is yours?i'm guessing it is not.with the new technology ed driveway mechanics are stumped by the most stupid things but i love my ford dealer and you'd be suprised, they won't rip you off like some back-door mechanic! i have had nothing but good experiences with those guys and i never have to go back for the same problem which have been few!
  • i'm thinking you can find a schematic of some kind on the internet for the loc. of the sending unit.
  • in my 98 Ranger, had same problem, I sprayed wd-40 into the part of the door that turns dome light on/off when door opens/closes about 3 or 4 years ago
  • Ok, here goes. Got a great price on a used 1987 Ford Ranger. Problem is, it has a very rough start, and wont stay started without holding the gas pedal for a long time. Once it is running, it runs great. Motor is healthy, was rebuilt in 2001. Can anyone help diagnose this before my husband spends way to much time and money. Not really sure about the mileage on it.
  • Have a 2001 4.0 4x4 standard cab and speedo last two weeks is intermitant. Have seen it quit while driving. Was told that sensor in rear end is bad if ABS light is on or sensor in trans is bad if not. Where is it located on trans? Is it next to shifter lever? Hard to replace?


  • I am having a similar problem with my Emiss warning light on my 1987 Ranger XLT 2.3L fuel injected engine. I know it comes on about every 60,000 miles, but it has only been about 25,000 since I replaced emission devices. A friend once told me there is a button to push to shut this light off. Any ideas how to turn out this annoying warning light?
  • HI,

    I have a 2000 Ranger 3.0 V6.
    I went thru the same thing that you did.

    I replaced the serpentine belt with one from a large auto parts store as well as the idler pulley.
    A knowing mechanic advised me that it was the serpentine belt. (although new) he advised me that it was a 'cheap' belt that was causing the problem.
    I replaced it with a more expensive belt (Large Brand Name)
    Result, no more squeel or weird noises.
    PS the "big' parts store did refund my money.
    Hope this helps - good luck

  • 2001 ranger edge regular cab short stepside bed yesterday started jerking and lurching at any constant speed. itis fine under acceleration and idles smooth when stopped. it has 36000 miles. could it be something in the rear end? the universal joints seem to be fine. thanks!
  • my 2001 ranger edge 2wd reg cab short stepside bed has developed a jerking or lurching problem at crusing speed. it is fine under acceleration and at idle. any suggestions ? thanks.
  • Hi guys and gals: Question-Does the 2.3 L, 2006 Ranger engine have a timing belt which will have to be replaced after x-number of miles, or a timing chain?
  • Have driven an 88 Ranger, 2 WD, 2.3, 5 speed, for 260,000 miles, valve cover never removed, still get 28-29 mpg hiway trip mileage at 60-65 MPH. Just bought a one owner 97 ranger, 60k miles, meticiously serviced, same 2.3 motor, tranny, but get 22-24 mpg, exact same hiway trips as with 88. No check engine light on 97, original owner says never got hiway trip mileage above 24 mpg. Any ideas on what is causing the 20-25% reduction in mpg? Would be interested in what hiway mpg other 2.3 Ranger owners are getting.
  • Both my rear brake lights went out ! I tried replacing the socket on the driver side to see if that helped it didn't. Any suggestions on fixing the problem! much appreciated
  • Have you checked your Brake Light Switch on the master cylinder? Samething happened to my kid's 98 XLT Ranger and that is what it is was, which is what I told her to look for. Just a thought anyway. BB
  • i have a 97 ranger xlt 4*4 and i have a new create engine from ford with 25000 km on it and just recently i notice that it is running rough at ideal and seems to be missing? changed all the plugs, wires,o2 sensor and put a new coil pack in it and nothing helped? does anyone have a fix for this because my dealer cant find it.
  • my kid just got an 86 ranger, we've been fixing things like the wasted rubber tie rod ends and the shocks with no oil left. The mirrors on the doors are loose, the pass one just flops in the breeze. I took it off and after thinking about it a while, decided to just whack on it with a hammer...on the plate that retains the ball pivot. I hit it at the peened retainers, and just inside them, and it tightened it right up. No more loose mirror! if you do this, you might want to protect the finish, I just put it in the bench vise (opened up about 1.5") and the outside of the bracket got some small dings in it.
  • I have a wonderful 95 Ford Ranger (4 cylinder, manual) and it is my baby. The problem is that I don't know poop about trucks and have been kind of trying to learn as I go. Anyway, being a girl, I have had a bit of a rough time of it. Recently my poor truck has started making a clunking noise whenever I give it gas while changing gears. It's not a consistant noise which has baffles me and if I ride the clutch, it's less noticable. I've poked and proded around the undercarriage, with no luck. Any ideas what this may be? Now a second noise is occurring much to my consternation, it sounds like a belt problem...that tell-tale high-pitched "whee whee whee" noise, but it was my understanding that the serpentine belt was the only belt and I just replaced the goofy thing a couple of months ago, also the noise appears to be coming from somewhere other than under the hood. Can anyone help me?
  • There are many factors affecting miles per gallon, but after reading your post, the first thing that came to mind was the trucks have a different axle ratio--3.55:1--3.73:1--4.10:1, etc.
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