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#10 of 1143 cpousnr; blyndgesser1
Jul 04, 2000 (6:53 am)
It said Japanese and German manufacturers, it did not say "engineered". So what if the Ford 4.0 and 3.0 60 degree V6 are German engineered, Ford was never German. Oops! You know you are nitpicking just to make a point even if it is a bad one at that. Plastic intake manifolds are on the 4.0 not the 3.0. The Vulcan 3.0L will continue through the 2002 model year Ranger, although some production might spill over into early 2003 models. 2000 will be the last year for the 3.0L FFV Ranger. You drive whatever you want to drive, I could care less but please argue a better point and get your facts straight--considering you know where Ford, the domestic manufacturer engineered their geriatric OHV engines. If these engines where great, Ford would have put a bigger version of these engines on their best selling F150s, not Tritons.
Jul 04, 2000 (10:23 pm)
Whats wrong with the plastic intake manifold.I replaced mine with a K&N fipk and guess what thats plastic,the reason K&N goes with plastic is for reduced heat,I have the 5.4 triton and there's not a thing wrong with it,as a matter of fact www.wards.com rates it one of the worlds best 10 engines.
Jul 05, 2000 (6:24 am)
I think your confusing the air intake with an intake manifold. If you hurry up and scribble your post no one will see it!! LOL.
#13 of 1143 modvptnl
Jul 05, 2000 (9:26 pm)
sorry you are right,for some reason I was thinking about something else.Thanks though, maybe I'll stay out of this topic for a while.
#14 of 1143 jcc6 - 3.0 L
Jul 08, 2000 (7:47 pm)
I have had my 2000 Ranger 3.0L for about a month now and haven't had too much of a problem. I do have a few questions about it for those who care to respond:
1. I have noticed that ~3 to 3.5rpm is the powerband for the 3.0L. I can get sufficient power when passing on single lane highways when I run 3rd gear up to ~4 to 4.5rpm. Will that hurt my engine, even if it is only for a few moments?
#15 of 1143 jcc6 - 3.0L
Jul 08, 2000 (7:50 pm)
Two other things I have noticed:
1. When my windshield wipers are on, my engine really loses power. Does this happen to all 3.0L or is my engine faulty?
2. The safety-belt alarm is driving me nuts! My dealer says that it can't be disconnected....Is he telling the truth?
#16 of 1143 disconnecting the seat belt warning
Jul 08, 2000 (9:52 pm)
The best way to keep that pesky alarm from dinging all the time is to WEAR THE SEAT BELT. It also does an excellent job of keeping you farther away from those high explosives in the airbag mechanism. So unless you want a punctured aorta next time you hit something, just wear the belt. (It saved my life in 1995.)
#17 of 1143 running 3.0 engine at 4000-4500 rpm
Jul 08, 2000 (9:57 pm)
It shouldn't matter much so long as it's not all the time. My automatic 3.0 kicks down on hills at ca. 60 mph, so I can't see that there's anything wrong with running the manual version at the same rpm for short periods.
Top-end wear (valves, valve guides, camshaft bearings) would be the major long-term concern, and as long as your oil passages are reasonably clean (from regular oil changes every 3000-5000 miles) there shouldn't be any real danger (assuming the engine is put together properly to begin with. . .)
#18 of 1143 power loss with wipers on???
Jul 08, 2000 (10:01 pm)
My first guess would be that when your wipers are on, you're also running the defogger, which automatically engages the a/c compressor to dry the air inside the truck. If that's true, then I'd expect a little "drag" on the engine. (I haven't noticed it on mine, but here in Georgia I haven't run it without the a/c since I bought it )
Other than that, it could be that there's some sort of electrical problem that causes the alternator to run full-time when the wipers are on--maybe a faulty voltage regulator???
#19 of 1143 thinking about a '98 Ranger
Jul 10, 2000 (1:03 am)
I currently own a 2000 Ranger ext. cab with the 3.0 but will be selling it to my dad so that I can get something cheaper to take to school with me here in Georgia. I have a friend that is selling a 98 Ranger with 70k miles on it. I know that the mileage is very high but he is offering it for a really good price. What problems should I look for? Is there anything I should be concerning about? Thanks for any info.