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#1216 of 2995 Lost in the sauce
May 12, 2005 (6:16 pm)
Hey ok i uh have a question. Ok i bought a 2001 Ford Ranger Edge, my first vehicle ever purchaseing, and this is my problem. Now im not to savy when it come to this kind of stuf so bear with me. The truck has a 3 inch lift on it and 35 inch tires. Its a 6 cylinder, and thats about all i actually know about the engine. I have no problems with it except when i hit about 75-80, then i just don't go any faster, and if i'm going up hill i loose power like its cool. Depending on the grade of the slope determines whether or not i have to shift to 3rd gear or not. Its a 5 speed but i might as well consider it 4 becasue unless im on a flat surface or going down hill, 5th gear is toatally out of the question. I asked a buddy why this is, he seemed to know what he's talking about and mentioned that the tires i have for the truck are too big... the truck not being made to have tires that big will naturally loose power. Is this true? i havent gone to a mechanic yet because i dont wanna spend money that might not need to be spent if i can ask people who im sure will know what they are talking about... It just seems a little strange to me that the truck will loose so much power because of the tire size. I can understand a little power, but seriously, on a flat surface i wont go no more than 80, and lets not talk about uphill. Can anyone out there help me... Thanks
#1217 of 2995 Re: Lost in the sauce [lunchbox]
May 12, 2005 (10:43 pm)
Your buddy is right. Big tires take more power to turn.
And I think attempting to drive 80mph, and even more, is extremely dangerous on 35inch tires and 3inch lift. The tires and lift have changed a lot of the suspension alignments and make the truck handle worse than the stock setup.
Plus, any Ranger is speed limited by the computer to something in the range of 92mph.
My god, a truck is a brick on wheels. And you have one lifted and huge tires. Take it out in the mud if you wish, but don't drive this thing fast.
#1218 of 2995 Re: Probably should not say this again, but [kit1404]
May 14, 2005 (10:40 am)
I wonder if you could tell me how you resolved the problem with the 4.0 engine. I recently bought a rebuilt v6 4.0 engine from Ford. The problem is oil consumption. I put 4 quarts of oil in in just 3500 miles between my last oil change. I went back to Frod and they told me under Ford policy it is considered normal if an engine burns a quart of oil every 800 miles. I am trying to find out what their policy really is before I take the fight to them. Please let me know if you know where I can find any info on it or if you or any one else knows.
#1219 of 2995 Re: Rough Idle [bobhoh]
May 14, 2005 (10:46 am)
Ford will always tell you it is nornal. When dealing with warranty work you really have to push them. I am going through the same thing with a rebuilt engine. I am using a quart of oil every 850 miles and they told me that too is normal.
#1220 of 2995 Re: Lost in the sauce [bolivar]
May 14, 2005 (10:53 am)
Hey thanks Bolivar, i appreciate the input. Now my question is what can i do to make up for some of that lost power... not to drive fast or anything but so i can get up these slopes. As i said before im not to savy on the whole vehicle knowledge but is driving 50-55 in third gear safe? I mean for the truck and all. Thats usually what i have to do when i hit up hill roads.
#1221 of 2995 2000 Ford Ranger headlight switch
May 14, 2005 (4:29 pm)
I have a 2000 Ford Ranger and the other day the knob on the headlight switch came off. The switch itself, behind the panel, fell away from the hole and so even with needle nose pliers it's hard to grab the post and turn the lights on and off.
There's a fuse panel just to the left side and I opened that and managed to pull the light switch out (still wired) and noticed that it seemed to have been attached to the back of the panel by screws into a couple of posts. Those posts have broken off of the back of the panel.
So, now I'm wondering how to fix this. I don't actually know much about cars. I'm thinking if I can get the panel off maybe I can glue those posts back on or jury rig something - but I don't even know how to get the panel off.
Anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions for fixing it (short of plunking down a couple of hundred bucks at the dealer)?
#1222 of 2995 Re: Lost in the sauce [lunchbox]
May 14, 2005 (8:12 pm)
hey pal drop a tire size and you will get you power and you will be able to make it up your hills,even 33's will still look cool or even 32's will look cool,I would say 32's would be the best bet.,thoe everything has to do with the gearing thoe.
#1223 of 2995 anti-theft light
May 14, 2005 (8:56 pm)
my 1999 3.0 4x4 ranger has recently had a new pcm installed and now i am having a problem with my truck stalling out alot and being very hard to get resarted. It seemed like a fuel problem so i changed the fuel filter and it seemed to work but was short lived. now i beleive it has something to do with my new pcm and the chips in my keys. 1 of the times it was acting funny my anti theft light came on and was flashing very fast and then started giving me a code of 1 6 then went away. the next time i stalled i did not get this same light on. has any1 ever experienced this problem b4 or have a repair manual that lists this code in it? also when i am stalled and trying to restart my engine seems very jerky and will shake the whole truck pretty bad but under normal starts is very smooth. thanks
#1224 of 2995 Re: Lost in the sauce [lunchbox]
May 14, 2005 (10:36 pm)
Put 4.11 rearend gears in it.
Course, driving in 3rd and 4th gear does the same thing.
Or, as the other poster said, reduce the size of the tires.
#1225 of 2995 Re: 96 ranger clicking, won't start, but not the battery!! [bnballison2]
May 15, 2005 (9:14 am)
My daughter is having the same problem with her '94 Ranger. I've thrown a little money at the problem with a new battery and then a new solenoid. It started twice with the new battery, nothing after that. Same thing with the solenoid. It now sits in my driveway, it only clicks with the turn of the key. Can you help?