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Aug 21, 2001 (10:45 am)
I had my tranny worked on back in 1999 for the ball bearings. They had it for about 2 weeks once I got it back I noticed that I was sticking in 1st and 2nd gears on the truck. The Ford house told me it was normal and it would evently wear off. Now in 2001 I have a medal to medal sound when shifting and using the clutch. This truck only has 27,000 miles on it and I ran over the 3 year waranty on it in May of 2001. I am gonna go and battle FORD AGAIN, with another found on road dead product they sold me. if any of you have any advice or similiar problems plse email me at tlc88bellsouth.net
#617 of 1143 1998 Ford Ranger XL Tranny's
Aug 22, 2001 (9:28 am)
I went and took my ranger to a independant tranny service place. The man told me that my front bearing main shaft gear was going out. He also told me that the ford people should not rebuild these tranny's cause they arent rebuildable you just invite more tranny problems down the road. he told me the ford people should be putting new ones in instead of rebuilding them.
I am persuing ford to replace my tranny seeing their mechanics overhauled my manual tranny assembly.
#618 of 1143 96flea, goldranger
Aug 22, 2001 (9:53 am)
The 4.0 engine is a Kolone 60 deg V6 engine. I thought it was built in Germany.
I think your fuel filter problem was the lack of a special tool to remove the fitting.
#619 of 1143 '96 Ranger Lifter Noise?
Aug 22, 2001 (10:13 am)
I have a '96 ranger 2.3l w/ a 5 speed, 54,000 miles. Seems like a lifter noise, similar to a diesel engine sound on startup. This lasts until the engine is warmed up. Sometimes it is more noticeable than at other times. Seemed like it started after an oil change. Using the same model of oil filter. Using 5w30 oil. Not sure if it is related to oil change. Any others experience this?
#620 of 1143 dano101
Aug 22, 2001 (4:22 pm)
I had a 1987 dodge slant six that did exactly as your 96 ranger is doing.I replaced the lifters and all was quiet on the western front.It seems like not many miles for a lifter replacement.Try a K+N oil filter first and see if this helps.
#621 of 1143 Rear end clunk?
Aug 22, 2001 (11:20 pm)
Whenever i shift to reverse it takes about 3 seconds for it to actually grab. This does not happen all the time. Also, i am now getting a shimmy around 65-85mph. Its not felt in the steering wheel but more towards the floorboard. I do all preventive maintnance so what could it be? I have noticed it leans towards the front drivers side. Maybe a balljoint or cv joint, i don't know.
#622 of 1143 2.3L vs 2.5L - which would you choose?
Aug 23, 2001 (4:21 pm)
I am looking at buying a 4 cyl Ranger XLT this week and when I went to the Ford lot I saw lots of XLTs with the 2.5L engine and a few with the 2.3L engine. These two engines looked completely different under the hood - 8 vs 4 spark plugs etc. The 2.3L is rated 24 and 28 for mpg while the 2.5L was 22 and 26. Trucks seemed identical (including price) except for the engines. My question is: Which would you choose? Which engine do you think is more reliable?
I had been leaning towards a Tacoma, but I don't think I can pass up the discounts on the Rangers.
Any input would be appreciated.
#623 of 1143 If knowledge serves me right
Aug 24, 2001 (5:32 am)
The new 2.3l are 4 valve engines. I have a 1993 2.3l SOHC with 137 thousand miles and it's still running like new (with a little help from zMax). Ford has been making great 4 bangers for a while, so either will perform well, but since the 2.3l has all the newest technology, it's supposed to outperform the 2.5l I'd recommend it.
Edmunds says the 2001 2.5l has 119 hp5000 and 146 ft/lbs torque 3000. While the 2001 2.3l has 135 hp 5050, and 153 ft/lbs torque 3750.
Like all 4 valve engines, you gotta rev it a bit more to feel the power.
#624 of 1143 96flea...i also posted to you on Ranger Problems
Aug 24, 2001 (10:53 pm)
that "clunk" sounds suspiciously like a driveshaft yoke problem: either you got a defectively machined spline-mating surface, or, perhaps it is DRY and needs lubed (Ford specifies a specific type of grease for that purpose). try going to
www.alldata.com to look for TSB (technical service bulletin) that addresses that problem. (it is interesting to note that Ford went to an all ALUMINUM shaft in their 3.0 liter Ranger extended cabs, but not in the 4.0....is this an admission of a long-standing problem >???? i don't know, but it sure sounds fishy to me). i cannot speak to problem that REGULAR cabs have, as their driveline dimensions and psrt numbers are obviously different than my extended cab. i think the "vibrating Rangers" is one of Ford's dirty little secrets... good luck.
#625 of 1143 Thanks frey44!
Aug 25, 2001 (1:10 pm)
Thanks for the info. I don't think i have to worry about it too much cause it only happens once or twice a month. The vibration comes and goes. It was riding like a Caddy today, i don't get it.