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Ford Ranger 4.0 Engine Problems

ckitchensckitchens Posts: 70
edited March 9 in Ford
Am I the only one out there? Have you ever
listened to your 4.0 V-6 engine (1998 Ranger 4X4,
driven easily and dealer maintained) - with the new
5-speed transmission (this may matter, not sure
yet) at idle - no load on engine - not in gear, no
a/c on? You just might here a noise you don't want
to hear - uneven piston knocking? So far, that is
the best my dealer can figure out. And, so far, a
truck that is only 15 months old with 17,500 miles
is truly not like new. The engine has been
totally rebuilt - about 2 weeks in the shop, mostly
waiting on parts from FORD. (The dealer wanted a
new engine - FORD says no, try to fix this one
first.) And, it still is not right. The dealer
has rebuilt the engine back to what I think is
better than factory specs - it feels like it was
when it was new and maybe better. BUT - now I
know the noise! And, I already hear it again - not
loud, but less than 100 miles since the rebuild!
So, just letting others know - I have a dealer
doing all they can, but FORD did not go along with
the proper fix. After over 20 years of buying Ford
trucks - this may very well be the last. Thank
you Toyota for finally braving the world of our USA
dominated trucks and building a truck that we may
all consider usable. Does Ford not care that we
spend a lot for their trucks, many have been
incredibly loyal and now I have to be without mine
again for who knows how long? At this point,
before the inevitable e-mail - I will pursue
arbitration.
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Comments

  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    Not all of us consider the Toyota usable.

    Shame on Ford though.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Better check www.carpoint.msn.com before claiming Toyota the king of reliability. Also, are you not familiar with the headgasket problems with Toyota's?
    I own a Ranger just like yours 4.0 5spd. I only have 15K, not one problem.
  • ratman1ratman1 Posts: 1
    I currently own a 1993 Ford Ranger XLT LB 4x4 with a 5 speed transmission. I have 125,100 miles on this vehicle and it runs like a dream. It has plenty of pep even with the age and the mileage on the truck. The only noise that I hear when it is idling is the exhaust system which is pretty much standard. I owned a 1990 Ranger prior to this one and it made the same noise. I do a lot of deer hunting in Tennessee and the mountains and brush are rough on the underside of any 4x4. I'm just so glad it doesn't drive 'like a rock'.
    As far as the Toyota is concerned, check the sheet metal thickness and the bracing compared to the Rangers. At 75 mph, the Toyota's hoods really vibrated and shook badly on the ones I test drove. I drove the Tacoma and the T100. The metal thickness is less than the Ranger. It makes you wonder if a front end collision would end your driving days. Check the safety records on these trucks before purchasing a Toy. I believe the Ranger is the compact truck to drive.
    Rat
  • fquinnfquinn Posts: 1
    I currently own a 1998 2wd Ranger with the 4.0L. I hear that noise you are talking about in my engine and the service dept. said there is nothing wrong. Yeah right. I'm going to keep trying. This will be my last Ford
  • delta2delta2 Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Ranger,2wd,v6 4.0, but with the 5speed automatic trans. 50k mi. and so far runs like a champ.
  • scralfscralf Posts: 1
    I plan to purchase a Ranger with the 4.0 V6. I have had my heart set on it for months. Now doing research it seems it may not be a good idea. And if i do follow through with buying the '99 model how much should i spend? I don't care about power windows or locks, cruise control, or any of that business, I just want a truck that looks good and can beat a Chevy and roast a dodge.
  • sushisushi Posts: 99
    Without those options, A B4000 might be cheaper in the end than a Ranger. B-series come standard with some things that the ranger does not, and lets you build your truck.
  • frankc55frankc55 Posts: 9
    I bought a Mazda b3000, it has been great. I paid a little over 16,000. The truck is an auto, xcab, with air and a bedliner. People rave about how nice it looks.
  • cpousnrcpousnr Posts: 1,611
    My 99 Ranger, 4.0, upgraded radio, Air and add on cruise was $17,400 in January but I also got whole amount +tax/license financed at 2.9%(saved $1,500). Could have gotten truck for 16,400 but finance myself (7.9%). I didnt want the prower windows/mirror. I broke a mirror on my 94 Intrepid and it was $275 +140 to install. Had a lock go bad on my wifes LeBaron and it was $700 to replace the motor. It is nice to have but I just didnt need that stuff. Personal choice.

    14,000 mile no problems and seems to run fine. First alignment at 13,000 miles, 3 offroad 10,000 foot 4X4 passes in the rockies and it was still within specs, just minor tweeks. DO BE PREPARED TO SPEND $40 A SIDE TO GET CASTOR ADJUSTERS. Suppose to eliminate drift.
  • bepnmbepnm Posts: 1
    My 1994 Ranger 2WD XLT (110K miles) has been having an intermitent fuel system problem. Not getting any fuel to the engine on start-up. It doesn't stall or cause any other problems. Runs like a champ once it gets started.

    I've replaced the fuel pump and all filters. Vacuum lines are good. Relay is good.

    Anybody have another idea?
  • deltoid1deltoid1 Posts: 26
    My '97 Ranger has had it's share of problems and it's out of warranty.My dealership doesn't care.I've had it buying General Motors and Ford products.I'm going to buy a Nissan Frontier.
  • cindyscindys Posts: 1
    We just test drove a '98 4x4 w/4.0L and 5 speed manual transmission. The truck has 19,000 miles. My first comment was on the engine noise. We currently own a 91 Ranger 4x2 w/4.0L automatic. The Chitti Chitti Bang Bang noise just started a few months ago. No problems before that. This '98 has the exact same noise. Any tech bulletins from Ford on this? It seems to be a '98 problem. It was enough of a concern for us to avoid the '98 and look at the '99.
  • slussmanslussman Posts: 1
    I have the chitti chitti bang bang noise in my 1999 Ford Ranger, 4x4, 4.0L engine. It sounds more like a diesel engine than a gas powered engine when cold. Almost as if a few valves need adjusted. After the engine warms up, though, it is not so bad. It sounds more like a sporty gurgle at that point. In any event, I'm planning to go back to Klaben Ford to have it checked out ... and to drive another 4.0L 4x4 to see if the same noise exists. I'll give my findings after that for those interested.
  • paulj1paulj1 Posts: 1
    EXTREMELY HELPFUL TECH INFORMATION ON ALL FORD RANGERS. EVEN 4.0 AND 5.0 ENGINE SWAPS.
    ADDRESS IS WWW.FORDRANGER.COM HOPE IT HELPS

    PAULJ
  • jimmcdjimmcd Posts: 16
    I had a 91 Ranger XLT 4.0 automatic. No problem until my son took it from me. Bought a new 95 Ranger 4.0 XLT auto. No problems except #2 son needs it more than I do (according to him.) I've been happy with Ranger 4.0s. I'm going to a Silverado this time and hope I have the same luck.
  • piersonpierson Posts: 1
    I just bought a 99 Ranger XLT 4x4 4.0 Manual 4-door Supercab with all the goodies. I only have 159 miles on it (yes, brand new). I haven't experienced engine noises yet - when have you noticed them showing up? Anything else I should brace myself for? So far, I really enjoy my truck!
  • cpousnrcpousnr Posts: 1,611
    Hope your still listening on your fuel pump issue.

    I was reading a guys post elsewhere. He had the pump cut out every so often. Had pump/relay changed.

    He found a build up of corrosion or something on the fuse in the engine compartment. Changed fuse and off it goes so he says.

    Try that.
  • Have a loaded 99' w/4.0 5spd man. Has 28,000 miles. Engine runs strong and sounds great.
    Had a 93' that with the four cyl. that is still going after 187,000. Does not burn a drop of oil and has never had anything more than new brakes, tires, shocks, and the occ. tune-up. I'd won't be
    switching from the ranger line-up anytime soon, and would highly recommend them.
  • jhaasjhaas Posts: 1
    I have a 92 with 79000 miles, and it started a lifter noise at about 64000. It comes and goes, and I have a friend with 130,000 miles on his, and it still makes the same noise.

    I wish we could get a better description of the noise, because it sounds to me like there is a Dealer problem rather than a Ford problem. I have had a problem with a 3.0 litre V6, and a 3.8 litre V6, with piston slap in the first couple thousand miles. Ford put another motor in both of them, and I ran them both to 80k with no problems
  • DaveDave Posts: 5
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
  • I have the 3.0 V6 FFV and had pings around 2500 miles. It went away when i put in 89 octane. I haven't returned to 87 yet but i'm afraid the ping will sound again. That's all the dealer can recommend for now. I'm also disappointed to find out that these engine doesn't use conventional motor oil and that FFV oil cost $9.00 a qt.
  • stew4stew4 Posts: 1
    I purchased my 98 Ranger (4x4, 4.0,5-speed, ext. cab) in May of 98. This being the third Ranger I have owned, I had certain expectations. My old Ranger (87 4x4,5-sp,ext.cab and 180k miles on it!) would not shake, shimmy, or howl at speeds up to 85 mph. My new truck will howl and vibrate like it has a bad or dry u-joint, or something is afoul in the rear differential at speeds of 75mph and up. Ford doesn't just refuse to fix it, They won't even look for a problem because it is happening at speeds higher than posted speed limits! It seems to me some state speed limits are 75 mph. The only solution the local rep. had was for me to buy a Cobra Mustang...that must be some car at 55mph.
  • chml90lchml90l Posts: 1
    97 extended cab with 4.0 5-speed. I blew the #2 Piston @ 48000 miles. Cracked the block in 4 places. Thank God for extended warranty. This makes 4 warranty repairs in a little over 2 years. New engine runs OK but come 75,000 miles, I'm a Toyota man.

    Jason C. Lake Charles, LA
  • irish65irish65 Posts: 1
    I have 149,000 on my 1993 ext cab and have had no problems with the engine or vibrations ( yes I have done 80-85 mph
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    chml, better watch those headgaskets on those Toyota's!
  • A ticking or "diesel" noise when engines first start up is NORMAL. Its abnormal when it continues after the engine is warmed up and still ticks or makes a diesel like sound. dont worry if it makes noises while it starts up. Wont hurt the engine in 99.5% of all cases ( unless EXTREME.) our chevy 3.1l with 57k miles ticks like while it starts up, our ford 5.0l with 50k does too. a tip, rislone, or "ATF treatment" will quiet the engine down.
  • Wrote the original problem - review it. This is not a start-up noise. It is only apparent after the engine warms up and (auto) transmission is left in park. My first experience with the noise was at about 5,000 miles after running pretty hard on the freeway for about 160 miles. And, then you'll most likely not hear it unless you are parked against a wall with the passenger window down, at least in my case. It is not a repetitive noise - like a lifter. It is an irregular knocking. If you put the vehicle into gear or even load the engine with the a/c, the noise is almost undetectable. Maybe you think I am a picky female. But, when I finally got the dealership to pay some attention to my "little noise" - the shop foreman and technician came back pretty fast. The engine would not even run proper diagnosis due to the irregular mechanical motion (noise). The engine was eventually rebuilt (the technician thought it was most likely a loose rod) and I promise - the noise was still there, just not as loud (yet).
  • hi, i know, i was just reading people saying how their rangers ticked/made noises when it started up.
  • I am looking at buying a new ford ranger and I have a 2,000lb boat to tow. Should I buy the 3.0 or 4.0 L engine??? What is everybodys experience
    with towing and these engines?
  • Hi I have a 98' XLT 3.0 V6 5 spd. I have the ticking sound at startup and and during almost all excelerations soft to hard. When I tool it in for service I had mentioned the problem and when I got it back they could not hear it! Anyway I think its the valves and the war with the delear is on full lilt!!!
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