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Ford Ranger Maintenance and Repair



  • I bought a 98 Ford Ranger with/ 70,000 miles on it about a week ago. It passed California smog test and everything seems to be fine until after I took it for an oil change two days ago. Now every time it starts up, excessive white smoke comes out from exhaust pipe, and it smells awful. I have also noticed some oil deposit in the exhaust pipe. Can anyone give me some suggestion on what's the problem? I also hear running water sound under the hood after engine stops. Is this normal? Thank you for your help!
  • I have an 84 ranger with a 6cylthat is doing the same thing, specially when going up hill.
  • I thought for my first post someone might help me know whether 96 Rangers' ABS is 2whl, 4whl, or could it be either? I bought mine just recently and original owner still had the scraped off dealer sticker stating just "Anti lock brake system" under "Preferred equipment pkg. 856B". Thanks in advance for any possible help!
  • I have an 84 ranger 6cyl 4wd that has a cluncking sound when moving until I push in on the clutch and just recently the brakes are starting to lock up. I checked the master cylinder and it has full fluid, any help or advice would be appreciated.
  • I just bought a 2003 Ranger with a 3.0 v6. The vehicle has a salvage title but appears to be repaired well. It idles and runs smooth. Heres the problem, once it's warmed up, at around 3500 rpm's it hesitates and drops between 200-500 rpms. As long as I shift at 3000 rpms and keep it at 3000 rpms or less, it runs perfectly. So far I've changed the fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs and wires with no success. The check engine light does not come on. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • Sounds like a bad head gasket. Is your coolant level dropping as well? Other possibility is that you are sucking brake fluid into the intake manifold, but I don't know your vehicle well enough to suggest how this happens on your engine.

    Might be time for a cylinder leakdown test and also keep your eye on coolant level and brake fluid level. Was this car smogged on a dynomometer type of testing machine?
  • mrp1mrp1 Posts: 3
    My 99 Ranger has developed the following problem: it will drop out of 4wd after a minute or so of use. It behaves the same whether in 4wL or 4wH, high or low speed. It does this under all conditions, even when driving in a straight line on a snow covered road (this past week). The tires are in good condition and have been rotated regularly. When it drops out, the dash indicator lights do not change. I had the automatic locking hubs replaced this past year. It may/may not be related, but the ABS will also fail periodically. Especially, when the truck is first used on a snowy or rainy day, the brakes will be very sensitive and it is difficult to brake and not lock the left rear wheel. No ABS dash indicator light will come on. Perhaps the wheel rotation sensors are the culprit for one or both of the problems??

    Hope to hear from someone. Thanks, MP
  • i have a 1988 carburated 2 liter ranger that drains power and wont idle at all dont know where to begin
  • Has anyone experienced jerky clutch engagement and or short clutch life on their 88 Ranger 2.9 5 speed?
  • Desperate for an answer! 1992 Ford Ranger extended cab,4x4, 6cyl, 4.0. Woo is me, my poor truck. First, my air conditioning unit kept running every 5 seconds then turning off, causing the motor to surge. My husband disconnected it. Now, lost power. Battery drained, battery light did come on. Replaced the battery, still lost all power. Replaced the alternator. Still lost power after driving it 66 miles, engine quit. I read somewhere that the positive battery cable can cause this by corrosion. If anyone is out there that can give a bit of advise, please, I am desperate. Gotta go to work! Hubby thinks it's the voltage regulator but we just replaced the alternator! :cry: :sick:
  • I read somewhere that I may need to purchase a motorcraft Idle Air Control Valve because it may be tuned specifically for my truck and one from Auto Zone my be tuned to fit many applications. This seems like it could be logical in that my problem is not to severe. Any opinions out there? I may try it. I just need to find out how much one cost.
  • I am rebuilding a 1985 2.8 liter V6 (Carb not fuel injected) I am looking for diagrams or photos which show how the alternator & air pump brackets mount to the timing gear cover
  • rudy8rudy8 Posts: 1
    My 1996 2WD Ranger 3.0l automatic transmission shift lever does not engage. Truck apparent remains in neutral. Any suggests as to what the problem might be?
  • Hi
    I have a 1995 ford ranger XLT, v6, automatic, 4L. I has 169,000 miles.
    Had transmission rebuilt last year.
    Problem is first thing in morning when i pull out the trans. slips and "spins" for 2 to 5 seconds then catches. It does it in the afternoon also. Only does it once maybe twice in morn. and in afternoon, then no problems rest of time.
    Took to local shop, of course would not repeat problem even sitting overnight. Mechanic said 1 band was too loose(I think the between 1 and 2nd)another too tight(3 and 4th) and adjusted them. Saw no other problems ,fluid good etc.
    Problem is still happening. Very annoying because I can not pull out if any vehicle is within 200yards.
    Any info would be appreciated.
  • pbowpbow Posts: 1
    Bent the harmonic pulley trying to pull a balencer off a 93 ranger 6cyl . Any reason it's so stuck on? Is there a heavier duty puller on the market? My knuckle's hurt!!! :mad:
  • I've got a question. Has anyone had a problem with their 3.0 liter flex fuel engine clattering at speed, pulling trailers,going up hills ? Mine has been doing it since I bought the truck with 27,000 miles on it, and now with 98,000 it's sounding worse. I've tried injector flushing, high octane gas and it will still clatter. Just wondering if anyone had a solution to the problem.

  • If you mean "pinging" I(sounds like a chain dragging), you'd better get that checked out really quick if it's getting worse. If high octane fuel didn't cure it, there's either a lot of carbon buildup in the combustion chambers or you may have an engine timing problem or knock sensor problem.
  • I am having a problem with my motor right now. I get a high pitch noise that i can feel vibrate in my air filter box and air intake hose. This noise comes and goes. When it starts i put in neutral it goes away, but as soon as i put it in drive it comes back. anyone have an idea what this might be? help would be great
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    3L's are well known to 'ping'. Even when new. But mid-grade or top-grade gas usually reduces or eliminates this. You might have something else wrong. On 4L's, if the lower intake bolts are loose, they will ping. I've never heard of this problem happening on 3L's, but you might see if these bolts are loose.

    Ford sometimes replaces the coil pack with one that is supposedly more powerful (or something). On many motors this doesn't help much. There is also a SPRUG connector, or something like this, that can be unplugged to help. This basically retards the timing, which also reduces power. (I don't know where this connector is at, can't help with doing this yourself.)
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    You IAC (Idle Air Control) valve is causing this. It is a chrome and black canister, the diameter of a 35mm file canistor but longer, on the left side on the intake manifold. With a 2 wire connector going into it. This controls the idle RPM of the motor. If it is bad it can cause this hum/vibration. It will also cause the idle to 'surge' up and down.

    There are 2 bolts that hold this on. Be careful with the gasket behind it, do not mess it up. Remove the electric connector. This basically is an electrical solonoid valve that bleeds air into the intake manifold. The valve part gets clogged with carbon and gas gunk. It can be carefully cleaned with carb cleaner. DO NOT GET CLEANER INTO THE ELECTRICAL END OF THIS, it will eat up the coil and ruin it.

    If you don't want to try to clean it, aftermarket parts houses sell these. About $65 or so?
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