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Ford Ranger III

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  • read your owners manual, it should tell you the proper weight oil to use based on climate and driving conditions. the reason for the lighter weight oils is to lower the friction within the engine. therefore, it's supposed to improve gas mileage. using 5w-30 probably won't hurt anything.
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    I use 5-20 Motorcraft (Ford) brand in my 2000 4.0 Ranger with good results [I think it is made by ExxonMobil...but I cannot find the link where I read that]. It has been thoroughly tested by Ford. My gas mileage has improved by about 0.3 mpg overall, and most likely that would be more in cold weather (I live in Ohio). I also think that Havoline, and possibly Pennzoil, make oils in that weight now.
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    TSB from FMC:
    Veh. App. Listing Approved For SAE 5W-20 Motor Oil
    ^ 1993-1996 1.9L Escort/Tracer

    ^ 1995-2000 2.0L Zetec Contour/Mystique

    ^ 1999-2002 2.0L Cougar

    ^ 1997-2002 2.0L Escort/Tracer

    ^ 1998-2002 2.0L Escort ZX2

    ^ 2000-2002 2.0L Focus

    ^ 2001-2002 2.0L Escape

    ^ 1993-1997 2.3L Ranger

    ^ 1993-1994 2.3L Mustang

    ^ 1993-1994 2.3L Tempo/Topaz

    ^ 1998-2001 2.5L Ranger

    ^ 1995-2000 2.5L Contour/Mystique

    ^ 1999-2002 2.5L Cougar

    ^ 2001-2002 3.0L 4V Escape

    ^ 1996-2001 3.0L 4V Taurus/Sable

    ^ 1993-2002 3.0L (Vulcan) Aerostar/Ranger,

    ^ Taurus/Sable (Flexible Fuel and Gas)

    ^ 1995-2000 3.0L (Vulcan) Windstar

    ^ 1993-1994 3.0L (Vulcan) Tempo/Topaz

    ^ 2000-2002 3.0L 4V Lincoln LS

    ^ 1995-2002 3.8L Windstar

    ^ 1993-1997 3.8L Taurus/Sable,

    ^ Thunderbird/Cougar, Continental

    ^ 1994-2002 3.8L Mustang

    ^ 2002-2002 3.9L 4V Lincoln LS

    ^ 1997-2002 4.2L (SPI) F-150 (under 8500 GVW
    only), E-Series

    ^ 1996-2002 4.6L 2V Mustang

    ^ 1992-2002 4.6L Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis

    ^ 1991-2002 4.6L Town Car

    ^ 1994-1997 4.6L 2V Thunderbird/Cougar

    ^ 1996-2002 4.6L 4V Mustang Cobra

    ^ 1995-2002 4.6L 4V Continental

    ^ 1993-1998 4.6L 4V Mark VIII

    ^ 1997-2002 4.6L 2V Triton F-150/250 (under 8500
    GVW only), E-Series, Expedition

    ^ 1993-1999 4.9L E-Series, F-Series

    ^ 1993-1995 5.0L Mustang/Mustang Cobra

    ^ 1993-1993 5.0L Thunderbird/Cougar

    ^ 1997-2001 5.0L Explorer/Mountaineer

    ^ 1993-1996 5.0L E-Series, F-Series, Bronco

    ^ 2000-2002 5.4L Excursion

    ^ 1998-2002 5.4L 2V/4V Navigator

    ^ 1997-2002 5.4L 2V F-1501250 (under 8500
    GVW only), Expedition, E-Series, E-350
    Chassis/RV/Cutaway

    ^ 1993-1997 5.8L F-Series, Bronco

    ^ 1993-1996 5.8L E-Series

    ^ 2000-2002 6.8L Excursion

    ^ 1997-2002 6.8L E-Series, E-350
    Chassis/RV/Cutaway

    ^ 1999-2002 6.8L Super Duty F-Series 250
    HD/350/450/550 Motorhome

    ^ 1993-1998 7.5L All Vehicles

    NOTE FOR 1993 THROUGH 1998 MODEL YEAR FFV USE XO-10W30-FFV.

    NOTE THE "EXCEPTION 2001-2002 VEHICLES" SHOULD BE SERVICED WITH SAE 5W-30 MOTOR OIL
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    This is a TSB published AFTER the one I just posted. Sorry for confusion:

    Engine Oil - Oil Recommendations/Applications
    Article No.
    02-1-9

    01/21/02
    ENGINE - ENGINE OIL - RECOMMENDED
    APPLICATIONS FOR SAE 5W-20 AND SAE 5W-30
    MOTOR OILS - GASOLINE AND FLEXIBLE FUEL
    VEHICLES ONLY

    FORD:
    1992-2002 CROWN VICTORIA
    1993-1994 TEMPO
    1993-1997 THUNDERBIRD
    1993-2002 ESCORT, MUSTANG, TAURUS
    1995-2000 CONTOUR
    1998-2002 ESCORT ZX2
    2000-2002 FOCUS
    1993-1996 BRONCO
    1993-1997 AEROSTAR
    1993-2002 E SERIES, F-150, RANGER
    1995-2002 WINDSTAR
    1997-1999 F-250 LD
    1997-2001 EXPLORER
    1997-2002 EXPEDITION
    1999-2002 SUPER DUTY F SERIES, SUPER DUTY F-53 STRIPPED CHAS.
    2000-2002 EXCURSION
    2001-2002 ESCAPE

    LINCOLN:
    1991-2002 TOWN CAR
    1993-1998 MARK VIII
    1993-2002 CONTINENTAL
    2000-2002 LS
    1998-2002 NAVIGATOR

    MERCURY:
    1992-2002 GRAND MARQUIS
    1993-1994 TOPAZ
    1993-1997 COUGAR
    1993-1999 TRACER
    1993-2002 SABLE
    1995-2000 MYSTIQUE
    1999-2002 COUGAR
    1997-2001 MOUNTAINEER

    This article is being republished in its entirety to update the vehicle models, engines and years affected.
    NOTE PLEASE REFER TO THE VEHICLE APPLICATION LIST LATER IN THIS TSB FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF VEHICLES AFFECTED BY THIS TSB.

    ISSUE
    Ford Motor Company now recommends SAE 5W-20 viscosity grade for servicing most gasoline and flexible fueled vehicles.

    ACTION
    All 2001 and 2002 vehicles where SAE 5W-20 is specified should be serviced at the recommended oil change intervals using SAE 5W-20. This oil is an improved formulation to improve fuel economy.

    Testing has validated this viscosity grade can be used in many previous model year vehicles. It is recommended ALL vehicles on the following Vehicle Application Listing be service with SAE 5W-20.

    All 2001-2002 vehicles other than those listed in the "Exception 2001 Vehicles" or "Exception 2002 Vehicles" chart are being filled with SAE 5W-20 motor oil at the factory and should also be serviced with SAE 5W-20 oil.

    WARRANTY STATUS: INFORMATION ONLY
    OASIS CODES: 401000, 490000, 497000, 499000
    Copyright © 2002 ALLDATA LLC
    Terms of Use
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    ..includes 2001-02 Rangers. In other words, if you have a 4.0 2001 or 2002 Ranger, as of the time of this TSB, it recommends NOT using 5-20. CHECK WITH YOUR FORD DEALER for most recent info before doing this, IN MY OPINION.
  • nerdnerd Posts: 203
    5W-30 oil is specified for my 2002 Mazda with the 4.0L engine.
  • campoutcampout Posts: 22
    Hello to everyone on the list. My wife and I currently own a '97 Ford F-150 and we are thinking of downsizing to a Ranger because we just don't need that big of a truck anymore. After reading some of these post it seems like the 3.0 engine isn't the way to go. This truck we are looking at has this engine with a 4:10 LS rear end. We will be doing occasional towing and light duty hauling. The price is good, 19k and some change for this vehicle. Sorry for such a long post, but any info. would be appreciated. Thanking in advance.

    Sincerely,
    Paul
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    Proud owner of a 1998 Ranger 4x4 3.0 supercab stepside.. 70,000miles and still runs like new!!
    never a problem, just routine maintenance/upkeep.
    campout.. get the 4.0 SOHC.. the power diff/towing ability is better, mpg difference is not much either.. you won't be sorry.
  • brucelincbrucelinc Posts: 814
    Last week, I bought a 2001 4X4 Supercab with the SOHC 4.0, 5 speed automatic, and 4.10 limited slip gear. It only has 13,000 miles on it but had kind of a "lag" in the drivetrain. The dealer replaced the steel driveshaft with a new aluminum shaft under warranty and now the truck is smooth, quiet, and tight.

    I have had Rangers with the 2.9 and the 3.0 and never had problems with either of them. However, the SOHC 4.0 is a big step forward, IMHO. It is nearly as smooth as my Lincoln LS V8 and has good low end torque as well as plenty of punch at higher speeds.
  • doctdoct Posts: 20
    Has anyone changed their manual for power windows or locks? I am looking for a good aftermarket kit for a 2002 ranger.... thanks
  • My brother has a 2001 Ranger XLT, 5 speed with the 4.0 liter engine. He has about 18,000 miles on it and it seems like it needs some shocks.

    I was wondering if any of you Ranger owners could suggest replacement shocks. Should he go with Bilstein, Rancho, Edelbrock? Or some other type/brand? Any thoughts/opinions would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    Jim
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    ..skip the Ranchos [no comparison to Edelbrocks]. The premium shocks are well worth the extra money.
  • I will let him know. Edelbrocks are the most expensive though right?
  • Has anyone had their Ranger oil tested to confirm the validity of their oil change interval? I've been reading about engine wear testing that has indicated that the popular 3,000 mile interval for "severe" use may be too short. Oil testing can determine whether or not the oil is still useable. It seems that today's oils may have a longer life.

    How important is it to use a time interval for oil changes? In the past, I've had vehicles with less than 3,000 miles at six months and have put off the change. Does oil actually breakdown significantly over time when there is very little mileage accumulated?
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    From what I have read, one factor you should think about is water CONDENSATION in the crankcase of the motor during long interfals of time (regardless of mileage). Water invasion will cause signficant foaming and acid formation (from what I have read) and can degrade the lubricating potential of modern oils. High mileage motors may be more likely to incur this problem than new engines. That is one reason that oil change intervals are recommended, for example, at 6 months, even if you only have 1000 miles on the vehicle at that inerval. Just a thought, and my opinion. I will try to seek out links to confirm my post. I personally change oil at 3000 to 4000, regardless of time period. Just for my own peace of mind (i.e. oil is cheaper than rebuilding an engine).
  • Here's an article on oil change intervals and engine wear you might find interesting.


    http://www.xs11.com/stories/croil96.shtml

  • Took delivery of a new 2003 ranger with a 2.3 4-cylinder, 2-wheel drive about two weeks ago and couldn't be happier. Looks like about 30 mpg in mixed driving and about the same power-feel as my old 3.0 liter (kept to 267,000 miles)probably because of modern engine plus light weight. Noticed throttle sticking on idle, making for jerky starts and acceleration in town---easily cured by setting up the idle screw on the throttle body just slightly so throttle is cracked open a bit more on idle. Otherwise not a screw out of place. Happy with Continental tires--glad to get rid of Firestone.
  • Ford recommends a first coolant change at 45,000 miles, air and fuel filters at 30,000. These seem like long intervals. 45,000 miles could easily be 3 years for some vehicles. Is the factory coolant something extraordinary? Is fuel cleaner than it used to be? Why doesn't Ford use time intervals with their suggested maintenance schedules?
  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    Antifreeze is cheap. I change mine each fall, using distilled water to mix the 50% mix. As far as tranny fluid, I will change mine at half of the recomended interval (again, cheap inusrance). Thanks for the link to the CR article on oil; very interesting. They seem to think that ANY SAE certified oil is fine; they are probably right. Peace, bro.
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