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Ford Ranger Maintenance and Repair

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  • mharnischmharnisch Posts: 11
    I need to replace the cruise control switch that is located on the right side of the steering wheel. I can see the two screws holding the switch in place. They are located under the steering wheel padded cover that covers the air bag and horn switch, but I cannot reach them. Does anyone know how to remove this cover? I don't see any visible screws or other fasteners.
  • cougancougan Posts: 1
    My ranger will go through the motions of starting, but it has no fire. I had one of the power packs checked and it was fine. Also I have no power going to my fuel pump. More specifically, I have no voltage on the safety switch on the passenger floor board. I think that my problem is either the ecc relay or the emc. My question is, where is the ecc relay? I found one relay behind the glove box, which I think is the fuel pump relay, but I am nor for sure. Can someone please tell which relay it is behind the glove box and where is the ecc relay so I can test to see if it supplying voltage to the ecc. Or if you have any other recommendation that will help me troubleshoot the problem, I would appreciate it.
  • I started my truck this morning to head to work and foun that I am unable to shift it into drive, or shift in general. It has locked up. My truck starts fine without a problem, but I just cant get it to shift. Where should I start looking?
  • tdanieltdaniel Posts: 1
    i started it up and teaching my son how to drive, he killed it, went to start it and it would not turn over, i thought simple enough, the starter relay was bad, i got out and used a screwdriver to start it on the relay., went and bought a new relay and replaced it, still wont turn over, i thought it might be the clutch sensor, changed it, nothing, took apart the dash to get to steering wheel switch tested it, it is fine, is there a fuseable link somewhere im missing, run out of ideas here, driving me crazy. thanks in advance for the help.
  • dtheman42dtheman42 Posts: 1
    hey i have a 93 Ford Ranger and i'm trying to take my dash out to repaint it how would i talke it out i can't figure it out.
  • burnselkburnselk Posts: 6
    My "Check Engine" like came on one day and has been on for at least a year now. When this light came on it did not seem to change the way the truck runs nor did it seem to effect in the gas mileage.

    What could have caused this light to come on and what can I do about it short of taking it to a repair shop? I'd prefer to fix it myself for obvious reasons if at all possible.

    I like to work on such things myself (to save the trouble and $) and would appreciate hearing back from some of you about this. Thanks a million. :confuse:
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Most auto parts houses, Autozone, etc, will read out codes and tell you the general info for the code.

    They do this in support of selling you parts to fix it.
  • My 2000 2.5L starts good and runs great until it warms up. Once warmed up it begains to backfire and has no power under load. Sometimes if I feather the trottle off the start (standard tranny) it goes away till the RPM's drop. then it goes back to backfiring and running like crap. Changed the fuel filter, helped for a while, then the plugs, no help. Air filter new but cant get her to run right. Any ideas?.......Jim
  • Hi,
    I can not lock/unlock my passenger side car door with a key anymore. I opened up the door panel and found that the lock tumbler was not attached to anything and a long metal piece with a plastic and metal clip attached to it fell down. What I need to know is how to reinstall the metal piece so that I can lock/unlock my door from the outside again?

    Thanks!
  • burnselkburnselk Posts: 6
    Your best bet would be to stop by your local Ford dealer and talk to the "Parts Department". They can look it up on their computer and show you a picture of what you need and tell you how to do it. They can also sell you the parts you may need. Good luck on that. My drivers side lock is giving me trouble.....takes me a couple of minutes to get it unlocked.....people think I'm trying to steal my own truck....I have to wiggle and jiggle the key just right to get it unlocked.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Open up the door on the other side and look at the linkage there. It should be a mirror image.

    It probably just came loose, or the clip on the end broke.
  • I have had to replace 3 coil packs, they keep shorting out.
    This happens the moment that I install it and try to start it up.
    It will start but it will short out the number 4 cylinder and
    get no fire to number 4 and miss-fire on the rest.
    Any help would be greatly welcomed.

    Thanks
  • sethmandysethmandy Posts: 1
    I am wondering what is going on with my cruise control... It just stopped working...
    I last used it about 6 months ago and I tried to use it recently and it just wont turn on. It used to work and there arent any other problems with the truck...I checked all fuses and they all seem to be working fine.I heard about this recall, could it be related to this??? I need some help thanks :cry:
  • rangerboyrangerboy Posts: 36
    My truck ran and started fine all day. I have noticed that my positive cable will corrode lately and I've cleaned it dilligently. Well, tonight when I took my wife to the tanning shop it wouldn't start when we were ready to leave. All it does is click once. I cleaned the battery cable ends and posts. The battery is new. I messed with all the relays in the power distribution box and still nothing. I had a buddy come over and we tried arcing across the solonoid, but still nothing. When I keep turning the key over and trying to start it the locks will engage and disengage??? Is this something to do with the anti theft? Where is the anti theft relay? :confuse:
  • rangerboyrangerboy Posts: 36
    I started out the negative cable needed a new connector. Then I swapped all the relays around in the power distribution box. Still nothing. Guy at the Autozone said there might be some more relays underneath the dash. I found them and swapped them around and got nothing! I got to looking at the starter relay and figured it would be easy to change so I changed it. The truck still wouldn't start. I found my remote and changed the batteries to try and mess with the alarm system. I would hit the panic button and lock and unlock the doors. Next, I decided that I would tackle the starter since there is nothing open this weekend. Well, I finally got it off and had it tested. It failed! I put the new starter in and it fired right up! :)
  • My truck wont start I have a 96 ford ranger 2.3 i try to start all I get is clicking..Some times i get lucky and it will start. I replaced starter and starter solenoid but still wont start> even tryed bypassing the clutch saftey switch and no start. Wierd Plz help. :mad:
  • I have the same problem..i replaced the solenoid and starter and i just get a clicking noise. If u find out the problem let me know plz :sick:
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Bad battery or cables. Corrosion inside rubber insulation of the cables.
  • My '93 3.0 liter has intermitant fuel pump failure. This has gone from every few months to a few times weekly. Originally it was only at start up (would fire but immediately shut down and not fire again) then it started shutting down sometimes at idle and now it may shut down anytime while driving. This happens if the engine is hot or cold and if weather/humidity is wet or dry. letting the truck sit will cause the problem to go away but this has gone from a few minutes to hours to days.

    I have changed the fuel filter, swapped relays and finally changed the fuel pump,but the trouble remains.

    I now believe the problem is in the power distribution box. If the contacts are dirty/corroded or loose changing/swapping the relays won't solve the trouble. Also could be a poor ground to the box.

    I'm going to try cleaning the contacts with electrical contact cleaner and oxy-acetylene torch tip cleaners. I will post if this solves the problem.

    If any one knows/has any other ideas of possible solutions or problem areas please reply. This seems to be a fairly common problem. Thanks and get dirty.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    And buy new relay/s? Swapping might not work if all of them have a problem.
  • cdemapancdemapan Posts: 1
    I have a similar problem with my Ford Ranger 2000. The odometer stopped working, the windows won't open, and the windshield wipers won't turn on. Did you figure out your problem? Any advise? Thanks.
  • I HAVE A '04 RANGER XLT SUPERCAB THAT HAS A BAD VIBRATION AT BETWEEN THE SPEEDS OF SAY 55-80 MPH. I HAVE JUST PUT NEW TIRES ON THE TRUCK AND HAD IT BALANCED TWICE. I DO HAVE THE SINGLE PIECE DRIVE SHAFT AND NOTHING UNDERNEATH SEEMS TO BE LOOSE. I DO HAVE A SLIGHT LEAN TO THE DRIVER SIDE OF THE TRUCK BUT I DON'T THINK THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE VIBRATIONS. I ALSO TOOK THE TRUCK TO NTB HERE RECENTLY AND THEY INPESCTED THE SHOCKS AND SAID THEY SEEM TO BE OK. SOMETIMES THE VIBRATIONS SEEM TO BE LIKE A SHOCK STARTING TO GO BAD AND HOPS FROM TIME TO TIME. LIKE IS SAID IT SEEMS LIKE THIS BUT I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THIS VIBRATION COULD BE. THE TRUCK ONLY HAS 24,000 MILES ON IT RIGHT NOW. I RECENTLY BOUGHT IT FROM AN ELDERLY MAN.
  • xlt2x2xlt2x2 Posts: 2
    I hooked a diagnostic reader to my ranger after getting the dreaded CHECK ENGINE light......It is stating evap sysytem pressure high........Any ideas as to where I should begin my quest? Something plugged? Causing high pressure? Many thanks for any help.......
  • xlt2x2xlt2x2 Posts: 2
    Evap Sys High Press--code??? HELP........ASAP
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    WAG (Wild a** guess). Your gas cap is off or loose or doesn't seal?

    When functioning correctly, vacuum is applied to the gas tank vent hose, to pull fumes into the charcoal recovery tank. If the vacuum cannot be pulled, it sees 'high pressure'?

    Bad gas cap. Bad vent lines. Bad canister. Any or all of the hoses of this system. There may be relays and vacuum switches also in this system that have failed.

    P.S. This is another reason to not run the vehicle when you are fueling it, you may set a check engine light. Main reason, is you may blow up.

    P.P.S. This also shows that having a code reader, and know the definition of the code set in some cases may not give you much of any hint at all as to what is wrong. You need a factory service manual, which has procedures to run for error codes.
  • I drive a 1988 Ranger XLT 2.3L 5 Spd 2wd with 104,000 miles. At 1,800 rpms a vibrating/buzzing noise starts and goes away after about 2200 rpm. It does this regularly through all gears. The sound is like a piece of sheet metal vibrating against another piece of metal. The truck is fine other than a noisy power steering pump. Thought it was the shiny aluminum rim pieces but they seem pretty snug. Any help? Its very annoying/embarrassing.
  • I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT 4WD w/ a 4.0. I am wondering if it is normal to have your power steering pump constantly whining as if it is low on fluid,(even though itis full), or is there a deeper problem such as pump going out? Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance :)
  • I went to the auto parts store the other day to get filters for my 1999 Ranger with 3.0 flex engine. The parts person looked up the filters that I needed and asked if I wanted a cabin air filter. I told him I didn't know I had one. He said that he showed one listed for a '99 Ranger, and he showed me on his computer that it was indeed listed. When I got home I checked my owner's manual and my Haynes manual and neither mentioned a cabin air filter. I then checked behind the glove box as well as in the engine compartment near the firewall, but I could not find one. Does anyone know if there is one on a '99 Ranger and where it would be?
  • USUALLY THE AIR CABIN FILTERS ARE LOCATED OUTSIDE THE CAR UNDER THE WINDSHIELD WIPERS. THERE SHOULD BE VENT HOLES AND UNDER THAT VENT IS THE CABIN AIR FILTER. USUALLY U CHANGE IT WHEN U NOTICE UR A/C OR HEAT SMELLS OLD OR MUSKY LIKE. HOPE THAT HELPED
  • I have a 96 Ford Ranger with 125,000 miles. 2.3L engine. When I accelerate, regardless of RPM, the engine will cut out. If I baby the gas pedal, and I mean really baby it, I can get the truck up to free way speeds without too much coughing and choking. But accelerating normally is totally out of the question at this point. The problem seems to be getting worse and worse as time goes by.
    I have replaced the plugs and wires, and the EGR valve. I have cleaned the MAF sensor with MAF sensor cleaner. Nothing has helped. A mechanic buddy of mine told me to change the fuel pump. That is expensive, so I don't want to do that unless I have too. Your thoughts please. Thanks!!!
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