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#2238 of 2995 2000 Ranger 4x4 ABS light
Jun 24, 2006 (7:12 am)
This is just for the good of the order. I experienced the infamous "ABS light" that wouldn't go off. This is often due to a failed rear axle sensor that works by magnetic inductance off of the ring gear of the differential. This light being on means that the ABS braking system has been disabled, pending a repair. I obtained the ABS sensor from my Ford dealer (about 25 bucks). I gambled that this in fact was the problem (and, voila, it WAS indeed !). This sensor is located on the very top of the rear differential, held by a single 10 mm bolt. Because I don't have a lift, it was easier for me to get access to it by removing the right rear wheel (I was then able to get my left arm through the frame/spring area to help position the ratchet). First, disconnect the connector (DO NOT damage the wiring !), then remove the bolt (first soak it with WD-40). Then, GENTLY insert a thin pry bar under the molded plastic flange on the sensor, and pry up (on both sides if you can). It will resist coming out due to an integral O-ring seal. It should then pop out. Simply reverse the procedure, and your ABS system will hopefully be back online ! This will save you about a 100 dollar bill from your Ford dealer.
#2239 of 2995 Re: Problem with interior light [btaggart]
Jun 24, 2006 (9:32 am)
My friends and I have had this problem. Spray WD-40 in the latch on the door. The sensor gets sticky and the WD-40 will free it. I haven't had the problem in 2 years after applying it.
#2240 of 2995 '97 Ranger 5spd Auto 4x4 system
Jun 24, 2006 (10:31 am)
I have a '97 ranger, with the auto 4x4 hubs. the system is acting up on me. the right front hub will neither engauge, or diengauge completly. because of this, i never use the 4x4 to aviod damaging the front hub, it is still in excellent shape. but if i use it, it bangs and grinds while i turn. i looked at the system. and i have figured out that there is not easy way to find out what the problem is. I DONT NEED TO BUY NEW HUBS. the old ones are fine. i took it to the dealer under warrenty, and they wouldn't fix it because,"There is not a thing wrong with it." this is bull, because the trucks front end shouldn't be flying up into the air when i try to use 4wd and turn at 20 mph without hitting anything that would launch me into the air. The problem is really annoying, because, the one time i had it stuck, i couldn't engauge 4wd, which would have cleared the problem. intead, a murcurey sable pulled me out, now with a damaged pride, i ask you. HOW DO I FIX IT?
#2241 of 2995 Re: '95 Ranger 4.0 Having Trouble Starting [rangerboy]
Jun 24, 2006 (10:47 am)
The relay your looking for is next to the 2 diodes and a resistorit's reather large, and is on the passenger side. it's the only relay without relays next to it. if that helps.
#2242 of 2995 Advice On A "Mod" Painting Idea....
Jun 26, 2006 (12:59 pm)
Hope I'm on the right board; if not, I'm sure someone will re-direct me!
My 06 Ranger (Sport) has the raised "power dome" hood, with a tapering crease down the middle. I'm thinking of painting that area, both for looks and to break up the all-white hood, in a flat black finish.
After prepping properly (masking, degreaser, etc), is it necessary to use a fine-grit sandpaper to rough-up the existing paint so the paint I want to apply with adhere better?
I'm not experienced in paint/body work, but I believe this is something I'm capable of with a bit of advice.
Thanks to all in advance!
#2243 of 2995 Re: Advice On A "Mod" Painting Idea.... [randyace]
Jun 27, 2006 (12:07 am)
Not familar with automotive paint but have experience with painting speaker enclosures, kitchen appliances, etc.
For sure you will need to abrade the glassy surface you're planning on painting. If it were me, after carefully masking the area with the shape you want, I'd try some steel wool first (buy different grades of coarseness); if this takes too long to dull the finish, then try sand paper. The tricky part will be near the edge of the masking tape -- you want to roughen-up the paint without deteriorating the line of the masking tape. Vacuum, move vehicle to enclosed area, wait ~half-hour for dust to settle, then while trying to not raise any dust carefully wipe area with a tack cloth (sticky cloth that will remove any remaining dust, available where paint is sold), and spray paint with good quality paint (Rustoleum "Stops Rust" in the white cans works great for speaker enclosures but not sure how well it would stand up to UV and washings; check-out an automotive paint supply house to see if they have anything in an aerosol) (if it were me I'd lean toward a semi-gloss instead of a flat). Remove masking tape right after painting and leave area until paint is dry.
Also consider taking a photo of the truck with a digital camera and use photoshop to simulate the paint job to see if it seems to look ok (or just get a Ranger brochure and use a pencil or pen to shade the appropriate area).
#2244 of 2995 Re: Advice On A "Mod" Painting Idea.... [randyace]
Jun 27, 2006 (6:54 am)
Sand the area, first a dry sand, then a wet sand, down to the primer. Then apply two coats of the paint, let it dry wet, sand again (lightly, not through to primer), and apply one or two more coats.
#2245 of 2995 Re: '97 Ranger 5spd Auto 4x4 system [teh_joker]
Jun 27, 2006 (6:55 am)
Bum For a reply.
#2246 of 2995 Infamous P0171 & P0174 Codes are Back!
Jun 27, 2006 (9:46 am)
Somebody throw some idea's my way this time please!!
I took my '01 V6/4.0L SOHC Ranger to a local service shop. He used the ol' snap on to read what was going on with my check engine light. Got the codes above for lean fuel mix. So, we replaced both 02 sensors. Cleared the codes and hoped for the best. No change, light came back after roughly 22miles. It actually is running worse now than before. It idled very low and rough for a sec then stalled on me twice while going thru a drive-thru.
I just purchased an MAF sensor and will be replacing that myself when it comes in(don't trust the mechanic that much if it isn't Ford itself...but very expensive!).
Is there anything else this may be? The truck runs fine once going and is 90% running good at idle, but runs rough and stalls once in a while.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#2247 of 2995 Re: Advice On A "Mod" Painting Idea.... [teh_joker]
Jun 27, 2006 (1:00 pm)
Many thanks for the two answers I received. Why didn't I think of using photoshop and take a picture first???