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#2272 of 2995 My Ford Ranger Gas Gauge
Jul 13, 2006 (1:00 pm)
Ok my gas gauge in my 1990 Ford Ranger STX doesn't work right. The needle on my gas gauge is at the line before the E when the truck is not running but when i turn the key on and start the truck up the needle goes down to E but its not really empty. I don't when to put gas in thats why i lose money so fast cause i ran out of gas one time already idk when to put gas in because my gas gauge doesn't work right. Does anyone have a solution to this?
#2273 of 2995 Re: Here is the new place to discuss... [pocahontas]
Jul 17, 2006 (2:12 pm)
i was thinking on buying a 97 ford ranger with 240,000 miles is it a smart thing?
#2274 of 2995 Re: fuse box [midnight_stang]
Jul 17, 2006 (2:14 pm)
i am thinking on buying a 97 ford ranger with 240,000 miles is it a smart thing?
#2275 of 2995 2001 PISTON ROD KNOCKING
Jul 17, 2006 (11:27 pm)
OK..so heres the situation. Im in the Army, and my neighbor is deploying to Iraq in 4 days. He has a 2001 Ranger Edge that he will sell me for $1000. 75000 miles. The problem is, there is a loud knocking when the the truck is running. We think it is a piston rod but not sure. We are over here in Hawaii, so everything is a little more expensive, but on average, how much should this cost to repair? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
#2276 of 2995 Re: brakes [clintonjohn]
Jul 18, 2006 (8:52 am)
Run away! Can you say rip-off? there is no way a 5 year old vehicle needs a complete replace of all brake components. there may be some corrosion of tubes and seals on the calipers. but you must get a second or even a third quote and NOT from their "recommended" shops...
Jul 18, 2006 (10:18 am)
2.3L 5 sd, 196K miles. This is a new one to me. The other day while accelerating onto the freeway my engine bogged way down. I couldn't get any speed increase and a noticeable low drone. After about 20 seconds it just released and started running fine, then it did it again and released again. After that was fine until the next morning when it happened again. I have changed the usual tune-up parts, fuel filter and the muffler. Any ideas?
#2278 of 2995 Re: 2001 PISTON ROD KNOCKING [commonko]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 18, 2006 (11:02 am)
Well it'll be the price of a new engine or used engine installed.
This is a close call, because running well the truck is worth maybe $6,000.
Generally if there's a bad knock you haven't got much choice---it's not as simple as a valve job.
I figure you'll be in the hole minimum $1,500 (old used engine found locally, installed by shade tree mechanic) to $4,000++ (remanufactured engine) + whatever shipping costs.
#2279 of 2995 Re: 2001 PISTON ROD KNOCKING [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 18, 2006 (2:04 pm)
WOW...theta a little too pricey. So even though it still cranks I would have to get a whole new block? I might have to reconsider.
#2280 of 2995 Re: 2001 PISTON ROD KNOCKING [commonko](NOT THE HOST)
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 18, 2006 (2:39 pm)
Well if it's a real KNOCK...you have a collapsed piston or a bad rod or main bearing. This means internal damage of some sort. it's not a matter of just replacing a few pieces inside, you have to re-bore the cylinders or re-grind the crankshaft.
You might bring it to a bonafide mechanic and have him/her listen to it...maybe you'll get lucky and it's just a broken crankshaft pulley (this is an external part).
#2281 of 2995 Re: 2001 PISTON ROD KNOCKING [commonko]
Jul 18, 2006 (3:23 pm)
What motor is this?
Just to complicate your life - For 4L (the older 4L motor) Rangers in the years of this truck (2001-199?), many had the 'marbles in a tin can' knock/rattle. Especially noticable at idle, going away off idle.
In all my major reading on Ranger boards, I never found a definitive cause for this. "Piston slap" was one of the big quesses.
Ford, in general, resisted doing anything under warranty fro this problem. But some people did get a new motor or short block. With the problem, I think, even coming back in the new motor. I think it is some kind of known design problem that Ford did not want to fix. And they brought out the 208hp OHC 4L, which was a totally different in 2002 (I think), and I never heard the 'marbles in a can' problem with this motor.
The storm of postings about this problem seemes to have died out a lot. (And, I read far fewer message boards about Rangers lately.) And people were posting that they had had the knocking for 30, 40, 50,000 miles and the motor was still running strong.
Anyway. If this is the 'old' 4L motor, and the knock goes away off idle, I might give it a try at this low, low price.