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Ford Ranger Maintenance and Repair



  • My 1994 ranger 5-speed manual gave up while on the freeway Sunday. When I get it home I noticed the reservoir had gone dry (I topped it off 3 weeks ago) Also, the clutch still disengages the engine as it should, but the transmission is locked in gear.In other words, the neutral position is ineffective. When I removed the stick shift I noticed where fluid had spewed from the cover plate where the stick is attached. The rubber seal on the cover plate is torn and one of the thin metal rings was severed in one place (I don't know the proper name for these parts).
    Does anyone have an idea what I'm dealing with here? Is this a question of replacing the necessary gaskets and gromets to reform the seal, or is there likely a deeper problem.
    Can anyone help me?
  • "Check charge" light came on on Friday, "Check engine" came on on Sunday, brought car in to be serviced on Monday. Told that anti-freeze was nearly empty, oil was overly full. Anti-freeze was leaking into oil. This is a major problem that will cost at least $1500 to fix, assuming the engine has not been ruined by this. Truck has about 70,000 miles on it. Is this a manufacturing problem? Is this something that should be covered under the 100,000 mile warranty? Does anyone have any answers for me?
  • I went to smog Ranger & failed.OBDll code po500
    vss,replaced sensor still thru code. Now shop wants to replace CT modual (GEM)$320 part $340 labor. runs great emissions were great,is CTM likely? Also speedo doesnt work.Tech. says CT dead,no reading, he's not even sure but wants to start there! SOS need info ASAP...
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    I'm confused. What went dry? Clutch or transmission? If the hydrolic clutch master cylinder fails, the clutch doesn't work any more. I would think, with the engine off, you could still pull the shifter out of gear. If you have this torn into, I would have the clutch replaced also, not just the hydrolic cylinder.

    There are rubber plugs in the top of Ranger transmissions that rot out and fluid comes out. These can just be replaced.

    If the transmission has a problem, I've read that they don't take overhauls very well because if the bearings fail, they chew up the housing itself.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Are they telling you it is a failed head gasket? Has the truck been (or ever) run hot (overheated)?

    Coolant getting into oil is a symptom of head gasket problem. Overheating an engine can cause the head gasket to fail. A failed head gasket can cause overheating. And yes, this could have ruined the head/heads from the heat and/or motor from lubrication problems with water in the oil.

    I have no idea what kind of warranty you have. I thought Ranger has only 3 year/36,000 miles overall warranty. Only thing warrantied to 100,000 miles may be some of the emission equipment and safety equipment (sear belts, etc).
    If you have an add-on after market warranty, start reading it or contact the company that issued it.
  • I have a 94 ranger with a 4.0 4X2 5 spd and I want to know if the F87A-CA transmission matches this truck as a replacement.
  • Sorry for the confusion. I've never had a transmission problem before, so I thought something was seriously wrong when I first saw the fluid leakage coming from the top of the shift plate. You are right about the worn out rubber plugs though...they're trashed. There is still fluid inside the transmission!
    So I guess my question can be refined a little. Apparently, the clutch fluid reservoir went dry suddenly. The shifting always becomes sluggish when the fluid level gets a bit low....thats when I know to top it off. However, this problem happened all of a sudden, without any sluggish shifter warning. So I guess I need to figure out where the "clutch fluid" went. I can't find any sign of it. I looked inside the little viewing port on the bottom edge of the bell housing....nothing came out. The clutch still disengages the engine, but the stick apparently will not change the gears. It's still stuck in 5th gear.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Well, if the 'clutch fluid' went away, you have a large leak at the clutch hydrolic cylinder. And probably need a new one. I don't know if they are rebuildable or not...

    I've read these are tough to replace, mainly tough to bleed the new one to get the air out. As I said in another message, if you have a significant number of miles it, I would consider doing a clutch job on it at the same time.

    I still would think you could pull it out of 5th gear when the motor is not running.... If not, there might also be transmission problems.

    Unless you have mechanical experience, tow this sucker to a shop.
  • I have a 2000 Ranger V6. I have ran out of gas with it 2 times this winter only because I am very bad at keeping my tank full. When your engine light comes on for low gas, it comes on just under a 1/4 tank. after that you can still go a good 50 miles on it til it's time to fill her up. but its not a good idea to do this, i know!! Hope this helps!!
  • sam26sam26 Posts: 2
    I have a 1989 Ranger XLT 2.3 distributorless ignition system. The left hand coil (intake side) is not firing. I have reversed the coils and get the same problem. I have also replaced the ignition module and it did not fix the problem. Can anybody tell me what would cause one side not to fire and what to do to fix it.
  • i have a 2000 ranger with white face gages. it has 68,000 miles and i am in need of a good tune up including fluid changes and filters. i am not drviving it right now because i have either 3 problems (or more) that could be wrong and i dont want to drive it around and ruin it more. 1. my transmission could be slipping 2. my tranny filter could be clogged 3. my drive shaft could have some screws loose. but then again, i've let my gas tank run dry 2 times so my fuel line could also be clogged!! anyone have any suggestions for me?? when i give it some acceleration it winds up and then has a kick to it just like the tranny is slipping. can someone please help me figure it out cause i am missing my truck. i am driving a big chevy thats nothing but a gas hog!! thanks
    oh yeah my gage lights on my dash are half out so its hard to see at night when driving. im guessing i blew a bulb and its just a pain to fix
    ok thanks
  • 351w351w Posts: 1
    Hello can anyone tell me what kind of signs/noises come when a rack&pinnion problem occures.. We have a 2000 Ranger 4x4 53,000 miles and am getting noises from front left side...can't tell what it is squeaks over bumps and makes noise when turn left...
  • Rotor replacement on 89 4x4 Ranger. How do you get the rotor off. Auto parts store said to us a four prong removal tool to disengage the springs that hold the bearing in. There is a 5-6 sided piece of metal that looks like you should be able to screw off however there is a tongue that fits into a grove on the drive shaft so the tool is useless. On 4x4 you can not just slide off the rotor. Chiltons is of no help.
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    What types of cam and/or crank signal devices does that engine have? I would check for signal there.
  • Not sure what you mean?
  • wijocowijoco Posts: 462
    On a distributorless system, there's no distributor to fire the plugs, so electromechanical parts are needed to tell the PCM where the engine is in its rotation and when to fire the ignition system. I have no idea what or where that stuff is on your 2.3 Ranger engine, so you need to pick up a shop manual or a Haynes with full wiring diagrams so you can diagnose it.
  • anibalbanibalb Posts: 193
    Hello all,

    I have a 99 ranger 4x4 with the 3.0L engine. It is automatic.

    The big question, does the transmission have a filter or a screen?

    I just got it back from the dealer and after they told me that they did the Flush I realized they never touched the pan. That really bothers me. The service advisor said it probably has a screen and would not need removal. Even if it had a screen wouldn't you remove the pan to clean it and replace the gasket???

    I would really appreciate help on this. Thanks
  • day1day1 Posts: 4
    I have a 1999 3.0 automatic. Transmission problems like you describe at 50,000 miles.
    Really made me angry. This is not a Chrysler.
    Major repair. $2000
  • day1day1 Posts: 4
    I need to replace some dash lights on my '99 Ranger. Is there any free advice on the web or do I need to buy a repair manual?
  • gonzo2gonzo2 Posts: 1
    when my truck gets hot it will not start until i let it sit for a while. when i turn the key on i don"t hear the fuel pump turn on.
  • sam26sam26 Posts: 2
    If anyone is interested I found the problem with my 89 Ranger! It was the timing belt. Thanks for trying to help
  • stacey25stacey25 Posts: 11
    i believe that the screen is the filter but YES you would dump the pan and scrape the gasket off and replace with a new one

    hope this helps
    go onto it will help you with some stuff
  • i Have a 2000 ford ranger and it has a rough idle at times worst than others . i recently hooked it to a code reader/computer and it does not say that the truck is missing any suggestions please help
  • 3.0 L FLEX FUEL V6
  • hutch5hutch5 Posts: 3
    i have a 91 ford ranger with a 2.3l that has the eight plug set up. my problem is when the truck is ilding it run fine to a point,then all of a sudden it will start to act up. the rpm's jump up and down for a few second then stop but the rpms are runnin low. then when i take off i have no power at all. feels like i lost half the power. i've took it in and they could't tell me what was for sure wrong. they said it could be a engine coolant sensor. so if anybody could help me i would really appreciate it thanx
  • I have a 2000 2.3 liter Ranger. Intermittent but almost always after sitting overnight or several hours the engine will not start. I hear the fuel pump running for 4 or 5 minutes, when it finally shuts off the engine starts, runs great at any speed. After starting in the morning it's usually fine for subsequent starts during the day as the fuel pump only runs a second or two then shuts off. I've changed the relays, fuel filter, pressure regulating valve. when I remove the line at the filter the pump appears to have good pressure. Any clues
  • clove_23clove_23 Posts: 1
    Looking for some advice/help with this one. I have a 99 Ranger XLT 3.0L 6 cyl. The engine makes this high pitched whine anywhere from 0 to around 50 mph. If you give it gas the sound usually disappears. However if you are stopped and the whining starts, it usually result in the rpms dropping so far down that it sputters out and stalls. It's been getting worse over the past 5 months to the point where it does this almost 50% of the time I'm driving it. Any ideas what it might be?

  • this is a 1990 ranger, where was my head at??
  • dajudgedajudge Posts: 2
    I have gone through the replacement, now it's doing again issue as well. Can you tell me where you found the info. on the Ford recommended grease? Thanks!
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