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#1578 of 2988 Re: 1996 Ford Ranger 4WD. When to use it. [mrchris1]
Aug 23, 2005 (9:37 am)
Rule number one...never drive it on a dry road and take corners, you damage the system. I have driven straight forward and reverse in my driveway in the summer months to engage the system to allow for lubrication of the system.
the 4hi is the system you will use the most. In snow mud and such and for 4lo you use that to drive slow on old tank trails and rocky trails that you will manuever slowly. I have driven in 4hi in heavy rains for the safety and traction but you have to be careful in taking corners, nice and wide and not sharp as the system will bind on you and it will let you know. by the way you can engage the 4 hi while driving below 35-40 mph as well as disconnecting it. For 4lo you must be in park ( or neutral not sure its been a while since I used it) and your foot n the brake to turn it on and you must come to a stop to turn 4lo off. Hope this helps
#1579 of 2988 Re: Running Problems [ioldsmbl]
Aug 24, 2005 (7:18 am)
Not sure if you got this fixed or not. But, it could be a couple of things, it could have died and blown the timing belt because of a stuck open injector. That inj. could have filled the combustion chamber enough to have hydrolocked the piston and that could have blown the timing belt. Sounds crazy but, seen it before. You would have noticed bad fuel economy, smell of raw gas, and the oil would have probably been loaded with fuel. Also having a dead plug in that cylender could have done the same thing almost or added to the problem. Maybe that will help send back if you got it fixed with what was wrong.
Aug 24, 2005 (1:00 pm)
Strange Issue - After being engaged in 4low my rear wheels want to drag, a short drive free's them up, but I find it strange, any ideas? Any concerns?
#1581 of 2988 92 Ranger Restoration
Aug 24, 2005 (9:34 pm)
New to the message boards and I find all the information and insight very rewarding. I just bought a 92 Ranger from a guy who got it for his 19 year old son. It was used as a farm truck which means they beat the daylights out of it fortunately I came along and now I'm turning it into a street cruiser. I replaced the windshield rims and tires with 245/45ZR18's Vetus Sport low profile tires with Monroe shocks I'm going to replace the bumpers and I am yet debating on pulling out the 16 points of impact around the body or replacing parts. Previous owners replaced the 4cyl engine after 103,000 miles with a 6 cyl. So far all I've had to do is change the oil, oil filter, and air filter. A/C needs work and the rear window needs to be replaced I don't like the rear window opening. Thinking of repainting it blue with black racing stripes. It's brown with beige interior that will be repainted black and blue. All she needs is a little TLC and a tinted sunroof. I'll also put in a spray on bed liner to carry my scuba equipment. My first car was an 82 merc capri and my second was an 83 Buick Riviera, this is my first truck and I think it's better than anything I have owned to date.
#1582 of 2988 ABS Light and Hard Shifting Transmission
Aug 25, 2005 (7:47 am)
'99 Ford Ranger--My ABS light recently came on and at the same time my truck started shifting real hard between first and second. Are the two issues related and what can I do to correct the matter? Thank you to anyone that can help.
#1583 of 2988 98 Ford Ranger Clicking Gurgles Noise
Aug 25, 2005 (1:26 pm)
Hi, I have a 98 ford ranger, 2.5liter, 4 cylinder, 5 speed, with 85k . I drive through a lot of country roads that curve up and down only slightly and not every long. When I try to just keep it at 55 or 50 depending on the speed of traffic the engine will start to make this terrible gurgling and clicking noise. It makes the noise in both 4th and 5th gear. I'm not mashing down the pedal, I just push it in a little more then if I were driving on a level surface. The truck is able to keep up the speed but it sounds terrible. I usually put in 87 octane gas and I tried to see if it was bad so I put in full a tank of 89 octane gas from a different gas station but the problem still exists 4 days later. I drive this truck every day about 45 miles.
I would appreciate any help or advise.
Thanks in advance Dan
#1585 of 2988 94' Transmission Leaking
Aug 25, 2005 (3:59 pm)
I have a 1994 ford ranger with a 3.0 V6. the truck only has 69,500k, I'm leaking transmission fluid from the front seal, SOMETIMES.... I only leak fluid when i'm driving on the interstate and the automatic trans. has to downshift to get up hills or speed up. I'll pull over and let it cool, and go again and it will stop leaking for awhile. if i'm on a normal road going 55 or so it will not even leak... I don't want to replace the gasket if it's not leaking all the time like a bad gasket should. I'm stumped
#1586 of 2988 Re: VSS Speedomter [rmarlow]
Aug 25, 2005 (5:08 pm)
The VSS is on the top of the rear end housing. It is held in place by one 3/8" bolt. The VSS is about $8.50 at the parts store and $30.00 at the Ford Garage.
#1587 of 2988 Re: Ford Ranger Problems [coloneldan]
Aug 25, 2005 (9:05 pm)
#1584 of 1586 Replacing a 99 Ranger Drivers side mirror by 17684 Aug 25, 2005 (5:51 pm)
I was unlucky enough to find out that I could not access the mirror assembly through the door...I have already bought a replacement drivers side mirror and would like to know how to go about replacing it?
Do I need to cut through the metal inside the door, or can I go at it through the outside?
Any help is appreciated..