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#1319 of 2995 HELP!!! 94 Ford Ranger xlt overheating
Jun 11, 2005 (3:24 pm)
This is my first time in a chat room so I hope this goes where it is supposed to. I have a 1994 5 speed Ford Ranger xlt. After having a cd player installed a few years back the water temp guage started reading HOT but the engine was cool. I had it looked at but none could find anything wrong with it. It only does it occasionally now and I stopped worrying about it until today when my truck actually did overheat (some white smoke came out of the drivers side of the hood) and my guage read normal. The smoke smelled like burning tires but also somewhat electrical. When I popped the hood the smell seemed to be coming from the fuse box. I could smell this burning tire smell soon after starting my car up and driving a few blocks, it stopped after I drove for awhile so I assumed it was an outside truck but when I had the car stopped (on a hill with clutch engaged) it started smoking. I turned it off and switched over to the radio instead of the cd (I am paranoid about the cd player since my temp guage started acting up right after it was installed). When I started it up 5 minutes later it wasn't smoking any longer but I turned on the heat full blast (I heard that this will get the heat out of your engine) and drove home. After it cooled down I started it up and ran it for awhile but did not see more smoke. I bought this truck new and it has been a great little truck. So far I have just had to replace the brakes and the serpentine belt otherwise everything is original on it. The clutch has been acting up a bit when I first start the truck otherwise it seems to be running good other than the smoke. Is it time to replace something in my truck. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it. I love my truck and don't want it to blow up. Thanks!
#1320 of 2995 Re: Need help with tailgate latch, shifter knob, front wheel bearing diagnosis [bulldog3732]
Jun 11, 2005 (4:21 pm)
Use epoxy for the shifter knob. I used it and my knob has not come off for 3 years and is still strong.
#1321 of 2995 Re: 96 ranger clicking, won't start, but not the battery!! [warpup]
Jun 11, 2005 (4:26 pm)
Check all the related wiring. There is a loose connection or contact somewhere. Look for oxidation on any copper contacts or connectors.
#1322 of 2995 Orange glowing cat, loss of power intermittently
Jun 11, 2005 (4:47 pm)
I have a 97 Ranger with a 2.3L and 100,000 miles on it. I did a minor tune-up including plugs, wires, coil packs and PCV. I used Bosch Platinum plugs and wires the first go around. After this job there was a slight miss on idle. Something that was not there before. So I replaced the wires with Belden and the plugs with Bosch Platinum 4. The idle problem remained and then while driving about a week later, the truck lost almost all power and there was a popping noise from the cat area of the exhaust. It instantaneously regained power about 3 minutes later. All was fine until the next day. This time the loss of power remained. Luckily there was a NAPA parts store in my vicinity. I pulled in and and when I looked at my cat, it was bright orange. Too much unburned fuel. The guys told me the Bosch plugs were garbage and suggested I replace them with Autolite to see if that fixed it. It seemed to work for a week. Loss of power came back. Not as bad though. Are the O2 sensors bad. Is my cat ruined? What do I do next? Please help
#1323 of 2995 clicking but won't start
Jun 12, 2005 (6:01 pm)
I had a problem with my ranger not starting and it turned out to be a little wire down on the starter or solenoid or whatever that thing is but it gets dirty and corroded and the solution was to wiggle it around and spray it with WD-40 which on my 4-banger can be done from the top with a little bit of stretching and concentration.
#1324 of 2995 92 2.3L Power breakdown in hot weather
Jun 12, 2005 (6:30 pm)
When driving in high 80's or 90 degree weather, motor starts bogging down and loses power. There is a strong burning smell of electric motor overheating. This also happened when driving my 90 Ford Ranger. I have since had to replace the motor and replaced it with a 92 2.3L motor. HELP!!!!!!
Jun 13, 2005 (12:41 pm)
I have a 2000 Ranger XLT with 91,000 miles on it. The truck shakes and is loud from 50-70miles per hour then gets quiet again. I've been looking at the forums and I can gather that it is probably in need of tie rod replacement. Any help out there?
#1326 of 2995 Re: Fuel problems? [maryjoh]
Jun 13, 2005 (5:55 pm)
have you gotten any help with your no start problem?
i have 93 2.3 have the same problem.... seems to be worse in warmer weather.
if have gotten any info wouild really like to know about it.
#1327 of 2995 Re: Warm weather fuel pump problem [bolivar]
Jun 14, 2005 (4:40 am)
will follow your advice to pull codes and test unit voltage output across temperature range. will post results after tests.
had a similar problem years ago with a toyota celica; temp sensor that mechanically regulated vacume advance system "cruded up" and stuck in cold position. you could start but once warmed up car ran VERY badly. then it was easy to test. take unit out and put in pan of hot water. if you couldn't blow air through the Hot bypass inlets when warmed but could still pass air through the cold, you knew you had a defective unit.....
#1328 of 2995 Re: 96 ranger clicking, won't start, but not the battery!! [brysue]
Jun 14, 2005 (11:48 am)
I had the same problem on my 93 ranger....its your battery cables to your starter...changed mine and whoop there it is...