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#962 of 1143 Ford Ranger Road Trip
Dec 12, 2002 (8:32 am)
I have a 1999 V6 XLT Regular Cab Ranger with around 40,100 miles on it. I live in Chicago and I'm going to be moving to San Diego, CA late February. The trips about 2085 miles. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I sorta maintenance I should do before I head out? What's the longest I should drive before giving my Ranger a rest?
Any help would make my move that much smoother. Thanks!
Dec 12, 2002 (11:27 am)
Start with an oil change, clean air filters, check belts, air pressure, tire wear, rear end lube, transmission oil level and condition, battery power and electrolite level, radiator hoses, coolant fluid level. Most of this is done during a full inspection at just about any car shop. You can also do all of it yourself, if so inclined. Just check your manual for the 3-5,000 mile scheduled services, and check the items listed in your next maintenance cycle. Either way I would perform any maintenance due during or after your trip now, so you don't have to worry about anything that is due to be replaced or maintained.
And you should need the rest before the Ranger ever will. Just keep an eye on the guages here and there, and check fluids on your pit stops for any changes.
#964 of 1143 travel tips
Dec 12, 2002 (8:22 pm)
#963 gives great advise, but "just in case" take a cell phone, and keep an emergency supply of food, water and clothing.
#965 of 1143 and just to clarify my previous post
Dec 13, 2002 (8:49 am)
I didn't mean to sound like you have to replace all items mentioned, just check them for wear and act accordingly.
Dec 13, 2002 (8:20 pm)
And if you take it into a shop to get midnight's list done, I suggest you leave a couple of days between the service and the big trip. Just in case they leave any little surprises for you. Like the oil filler cap my dealer forgot to replace...
#967 of 1143 shock ab. rec.
Dec 18, 2002 (6:55 pm)
Our 2000 Ranger Supercab 3.0 A/T is as we expected-- the compact pickup of choice. In 14,000 miles, the only problem has been a severe juddering in the steering system (solved per #13440, which attributes the complaint to "air ingestion into the power steering system [if] the wheel is turned when the engine is not running...."
Comment: Replacing the original Firestone Wilderness HT's with Michelin LTX M+S tires gave us a noticeable improvement in both ride and handling precision.
Question: I would appreciate a shock absorber recommendation. I want improved control (the originals are beginning to allow too much heaving on bumnps) and an increase (or at least no significant decrease) in ride quality. Oops-- just noticed post 946... but further info./opinion would be welcome
Thanks in advance for comments/suggestions.
Dec 18, 2002 (11:28 pm)
At 74,000 miles on my original 1994 Ranger shocks, I just lately replaced them. Because.... well, just because they were old. I put bottom of the line Sears Monroe on, and I really think the new shocks are no better than the 8 year old ones I removed. It was a Sears half price sale and all 4 were $50+ tax.
Do you really need new shocks at 14,000 miles?
If so, most of the gung-ho Ranger addicts recommend Blienstin (sp). I bet one will cost what all 4 of my Monroe cost. Or, they also talk about the Ranchero 5000. Think that is the model number.
#969 of 1143 Bad mileage
Dec 20, 2002 (3:40 pm)
It's a 95 4x2 rear drive 4 cylinder 5 speed, 92 thousand miles. I changed the fuel filter approximately 1000 miles ago. Since then mileage has gone down. I checked and rechecked the fuel line connections when putting the new one in and made sure the arrow to indicate flow pointed the same way as the old one. However, I have lost what seems to be about 40-50 miles in range. Used to be able to get about 375 miles before the needle was burued to the bottum line of the E the few times when I felt adventurous. Now it's maybe 330-340.
Is it possible fuel filters are like what I've heard about new air filters in that it needs to get slightly clogged to be its most efficient? Can I expect maybe once the new Pep Boys filter is broken in that my mileage will go back up? OR should I take it out and get one from the dealer?
#970 of 1143 94 Ranger w 241,000 miles - One great Truck
Dec 21, 2002 (12:43 am)
Bought this Ranger new in 1994, 4 banger 5 speed
2x4 Supercab. It turn 241,000 miles last week. It blew a timing belt so now I'm thinking it's a signal to go shopping. Thinking of maybe upsizing to a F150....however this Ranger has been so good
hard to decide. Got 103,000 mi on the first set of Firestone tires (on the 3rd set now),still has the original everthing water pump,alternator,clutch etc. except of course, timing belt serpentine belt, plugs. Diff. bearings got noisy about 150,000 mi. so had all replaced, and changed the shocks to Monroe gas shocks....OK, but definitely a harder ride.
Anyway that's a testimonial to the Ranger. I've had many new cars thru the years, this is the first new PU and it's been great. Surprising the durability of the 4 banger.
70% of the miles were Calif. mountains and freeway.
#971 of 1143 Thanks, dugie . .
Dec 21, 2002 (9:16 pm)
for your Ranger story. Good stuff.