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#599 of 1143 Ranger oil leak
Jul 29, 2001 (10:29 am)
I have a 1999 Ranger 4 door 2WD with the 3.0V6 and automatic transmission. The truck has just over 40k on it, which puts it out of warranty. I recently noticed a small oil leak, and asked my favorite local repair shop (a Goodyear ASC) to take a look at it while the truck was in for an oil change last week. They inform me that the leak is coming from the main seal between the engine and transmission, and that the transmission will have to be removed to replace the seal. In addition, they tell me they have seen this frequently in Rangers, most recently on a 2000 model with just 15k.
Has anyone experienced this problem before? If it is a common problem, what are my chances of getting Ford to fix it even though the truck is out of warranty? Are there any known Technical Service Bullitins or recalls for this problem?
I am going to fix it regardless, but I think it is pretty absurd that this kind of problem is occurring on a truck this new. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
Jul 29, 2001 (6:08 pm)
If it's small, just put a dab of silicone on it. Unless you like spending money.
#601 of 1143 Re post 593....dle01 oil leak
Jul 30, 2001 (8:11 am)
Why don't you try the dealer anyway. Talk to the service manager and state that its just out of warranty and maybe they can help or meet you half way. If you have been going to them for your routine service or just odd jobs they may look at you as a good customer.Its a shot but take it if not try calling Ford cutomer service and explain the situation.
#602 of 1143 This might make you laugh
Jul 30, 2001 (9:17 pm)
Just a small joke here for you guys. You think a '99 Ranger with 40k on it has a bad problem with that oil seal, try a '98 Suzuki Sidekick Sport with 35k on it and the rear end is gone, and no warranty. Also, local dealer has been a pain in the keester to talk to, so, I went for an out of state dealer, who was a lot nicer to me. Good luck getting your ranger repaired. If it proves costly, and its not under warranty, call Ford and/or write them, just might work.
#603 of 1143 it could be worse
Jul 31, 2001 (10:55 am)
1badsidekick -- you are right; one small oil leak does not look like that big a deal compared to your problems. Good luck finding a new vehicle. I have a fairly good relationship with the dealer so I will try there first.
I would still be interested in hearing from other owners who have experienced this problem, or from anyone who knows of any recall or TSB on the main seal. Thanks.
#604 of 1143 Where can i find the TSB?
Aug 02, 2001 (8:20 pm)
I noticed someone metioning the TSB's but want to know what web site its on. Also, how hard is it to change plugs on a 96 4.0 w/air?
#605 of 1143 Superchips! Whats your opinion?
Aug 02, 2001 (8:23 pm)
Just wanted to know if these thing are cracked up to what there supposed to be. I've heard a 10-16 hp increase, better tranny shifts and better mpg's. It also looks like Superchip is the best according to one of the Ranger web sites.
Aug 03, 2001 (11:00 am)
www.nhtsa.com is the TSB site, I believe.
Don't know about the chips, but it shouldn't be that bad to change out the plugs.
I do know that my '93 2.3l with dual spark head is a chore. It's a 4 cylinder with 8 spark plugs, two for each combustion chamber. The intake side is a snap(10 minutes tops), but the exhaust side takes about 3 rachet extensions/elbows to get the job done(Takes about 45 minutes). It also sucks paying v8 tuneup prices for a 4 cylinder. Especially when I ran platinum plugs.
So if I can do that, a V6 shouldn't be as bad.
#607 of 1143 Help! Can't get my fuel filter off.
Aug 04, 2001 (2:18 pm)
I trid getting my fuel filter off and no problem w/the left tube but the right tube will not budge. What do i have to do?
#608 of 1143 2001 Ranger 2.3 5sd. auto gas mileage
Aug 05, 2001 (7:06 pm)
To anyone who has the 2001 Ranger 2.3 w/ 5 spd automatic, I'm interested to hear what kind of gas mileage you're getting. Thanks.