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Ford Ranger 4x4 Problems



  • my 06 ranger does the same thing,have an appointment thurs. hope my garage is better at figureing this out.......
  • Good Evening vicc24,
    Let me Know what You Find Out. I had to use my 4x4 this week and it was still bucking or feels like you hit Bumps that are not there. I use the Truck for Work and I need to get there on the snow days. Keep me posted on what you find out. I have an 06 Ranger about 58,000 miles on it. PrayerHiker
  • fastgtfastgt Posts: 1
    I have a 4wd 93 ranger. my 4wd works but the problem i am having is when im in 2wd driving down the road the front diff acts like its trying to lock in 4wd. if i come to a stop it will grind and thump. when i take off it grinds, if i push the 4wd button it locks in and its fine, push the button to go to 2wd and its fine. it acts up every now and then. anybody have any suggestions or fixes.
  • i have a 2000 ford ranger xlt and i can turn it over to 4 high and low and and light comes on and you can hear noises to it like it kicks in but it dont kick in at the wheels i have to take the wheel caps off and take the boot off and lock it in myself its like its somethin with the suction not kickin it in and out..anyone know anything let me know plz..thanks
  • Im not the greatest with the knowledge of things so help me out. My ranger died today on the side of the road after a huge pope, it seemed to start to slow down then it poped and started to clank alot, i pushed clutch in and engine stayed running when i let clutch out it dosent go anywhere. any ideas? 2.9l 1991
  • I have a ford ranger xlt 2000. which way do you turn the tooth gear to tighten up the emergency brake..also is it opposite on each side or do you turn them the same way on each wheel???
  • sounds like you blew the clutch...sorry
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Emergency brake? Most have an 'turnbuckle' type adjuster in the single cable running back, before it splits into two cables.

    I think you are talking about the 'star adjuster' on rear drum brakes for the automatic adjustment? Where you put a tool or screwdriver thru a slot on the back plate and move it up/down? I never know which way to turn these, you just have to pull the drum off and mess with it to see which way tightens the bands (screws the adjuster out). Then remember after you put the drum back on. If this adjuster is 'close', backing the truck up and stopping it multiple times will make this auto adjuster put the bands into adjustment. If it's overly loose, you will not have any rear brakes and it would take forever backing up, so in this case you do have to do a manual adjustment/tighten thru the slot.
  • Want to hear a good story on my POS 02 Ranger XLT 4X4! Well I have been trying to fix my odometer for quit a while now. Put in new worm gear, put in new transmission speed sensor, and still not working. Today I am going to purchase a used cluster with about how many miles my truck should have on it. Also my timing chain guides need replaced(LOTS of chatter), my ABS breaks kick on when I am almost to a complete stop(needs new hub), and it needs new lower arm bushings on passenger side(LOTS of squawking!). Oh it is also stalling when I put in reverse(new spark plugs needed).... I LOVE my POS Ranger!!!!
  • the speed sensor on a 99 ranger is located in the rear axle,not sure on a 02 model hope this might help.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    10 year old truck. Give it some love, do the maintenance it needs.
  • I will, but all these parts plus labor is very costly. Even with a friend mechanic doing all the labor. It was $440.00 just for the timing chain kit at Autozone... I will fix it all and wait for the next thing to break on it. I could understand if I beat on the truck, but I baby it. My friend has a rolled over(not odometer roll over) ranger same year as mine and his runs like a champ and he BEATS on it, weird. I will not ever buy another Ranger. I think I am going to go diesel next and atleast get better gas mileage.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    And pay 20% more for diesel.
  • I would pay a little more for the diesel, but I would get better gas mileage than my Ranger Danger.
  • can any help me i got a 99 ford ranger and im not getting any response from my 4x4 selector on the dash and no power to the shifter motor when i plug the motor in the plug coming out of the cab.. i check every single fuse, and both my 4h an 4l indicators on my dash keep flashing . and im stumped. and after i check all the fuse now i have no turn signals and my key chime wont go off. so i could really use the help.
  • I would go through your fuses again to get the key chime and signals to work correctly. Possibly you mixed a couple of the fuses. They take the specific fuse for a reason. For your 4x4 I would check the 4x4 control module. Have a ford mechanic or someone with brains on fords to check it. Good luck
  • 06 Ranger 4x4, when driving in a straight line I get a whining noise that sounds like very bad tires, when taking a long sweeping curve to the left the noise ceases. A friend tells me it's the RH wheel bearing, someone else said they are a bear to replace. Any advice would be most welcome. I'm fairly good at auto repairs in general.
  • I would replace the whole right hub. Couple hundred maybe to do it. If you replace the whole hub you won'r have to worry about your ABS sensor or anyother sensor down there going bad for a longer time than just changing the bearing.
  • Thanks so much for the advice, so I take it you have seen this problem & resolution previously?
  • Ken, did you ever figure this out?? I have this same problem right now. Can you help? Thanks
  • My hub was humming, so I had Ford replace it when they were replacing my timing chain guides. I think it was about 300.00 for the part and them to do it. Not too bad, cuz Autozone wanted almost that much for a new hub... Good luck! Ranger Dangers bring Ranger problems.
    Oh but once I got timing chain guides fixed and new hub my Ranger is a champ again(knock on wood) and went mudding in October through the alleghany mtns.!!!! Ranger Danger impressed me with what he went through!!
  • 48ford48ford Posts: 1
    on my ranger 4hi and 4lo lights would come on and i could hear it click but no power i took the right hub off and manually put it in 4low it worked until i turn truck off it went back to 2wd i pulled both front tires off and found that the vaccun lines going to the hubs were dry rotted and cracked replaced tubes and now 4hi works great still no 4lo but i will figure it out soon. so check all your vaccum lines for cracks and dry rot if you replace one do both be safe
  • I have 98 Ford ranger and the same thing just happen to me won't shift in 4 wheel drive and the 4HI & 4LOW indicator flash 4or 5 time then stop then when i trun off the truck and restart dose the same thing didn't get a chance to run any test yet last year, in 2012 truck would't go in to 4 wheel drive so change out hubs to manual worked find and then put in new shifter box that goes to back of transfer case(forgot what that was call) any clue?
  • I have 98 Ford Ranger and am having the same problem that you described.
    I have checked the cab switch and transfer case motor they have both checked out good. I was hoping that you have found the problem and could help me out. Thanks.
  • My issue was the 4x4 control module(small black box) located on the passenger side under the kick panel(plastic cover) 200 dollars, 4 screws and 2 connectors and 4x4 worked great again, knock on wood... Good luck
  • hello, i have a 99 ranger 4x4 with auto locking hubs, sometimes when i go to put in 4hi to get up mt driveway it doesnt engage and the 4hi 4lo lights just flash. i unhook the battery and reset the system but it only works for about 4 or 5 times until te light flash again, i have read a few reviews but if anyone might have a better idea on trouble shooting it i would appreciate the input. id rather not spend almost $200 at a ford dealership to be told the problem
  • When I put my 98 ranger n 2 hi it does fine for a few and then it gets a bad vibration switch it to  4 hi it stops so I'm having to drive it n 4 hi any thoughts
  • I have a 98 ranger u can be driven down road n 2 high and all of a sudden it starts roaring and vibrating swith to 4 high it stops anyone ever had this issue
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