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#2592 of 2986 2001 Ford Ranger Problems
Oct 07, 2007 (9:54 pm)
I bought my 2001 3.0 2wd xlt ext. cab stepside ranger about 5 years ago with about 36,000 miles on it. Now its around 85,000. In that time period, countless things have broken on it.
1. It used to make an awful high pitches squealing noise whenever I'd accelerate from a stop, and get worse the faster I went until i reached about 35mph.
2. I was coming to a stop sign one night, and it just died and would not restart. Apparently, a wire melted somewhere.
3. Both power window motors have gone out.
4. The driver door panel broke so I can't use the handle to close my door. They want $500 to fix that, so its probably going to stay broken.
5. Multiple problems with the brakes.
6. The button for my cruise control just fell of my stewing wheel.
7. CD player skips cd's like crazy, esp when I hit bumps.
8. AC went out and they want $900 to fix it. I can do without it.
9. Transmission is slipping like crazy. Had it serviced and it began doing it again 2 weeks later as I was merging onto the interstate.
Can you imagine how I feel about fords now? In the process of selling it now. Sharp looking truck but I just can't take it anymore. I'm sure there are few more issues I've had with it that I just can't think of. Any one else have some of these problems?
#2593 of 2986 Door Light Switch
Oct 08, 2007 (11:53 am)
99 Ranger XLT - extended cab w/ 1/2 doors
I get the "door ajar" problem with the passenger door occasionally, and the dome light staying on. From other posts I was going to try cleaning the door switch. I thought it was the black plunger located just inside the outside return bend of the sheet metal at handle level, but when I pulled the interior panel off all that it appears to be is a clip which is securing the lock cylinder. No electrical goes into it.
Probably a stupid question, but where is the sensor? I didn't see anything else that looked like one on the door jamb, but I know it's there somewhere.
#2594 of 2986 Re: Door Light Switch [allanj]
Oct 08, 2007 (1:55 pm)
the rangers have a relay for the interior lights i had a 97 and the relay went bad on it i never did replace it, i am disabled so not able to fix these things myself anymore i did get a differant truck with everything power. mainly for cruise control. if i remember correctly the relay is behind the speedometer cluster. hope this helps!
#2595 of 2986 94 Ford Ranger 3L 6cyl won't start turns over well.
Oct 10, 2007 (3:34 pm)
OK This is a weird one.
Starts maybe one in 10 times.
Turns over normally.
Runs rough when it does start.
Replaced distrib cap, button, coil, plugs, battery and alternator.
Battery tests good, alternator tests good.
No check engine light.
I can hear the fuel pump when I turn on the ignition.
Here's where it gets weird.
Everything works fine when hooked to charger. Starts and runs fine. Sometimes dies when charger removed, sometimes continues to run.
When a battery load tester is hooked to battery, truck dies when battery loaded. Checker shows 13.5 volts when running. 12 not running. Maintains 12V when loaded, and not running.
Any help would be most apreciated.
#2596 of 2986 Re: 94 Ford Ranger 3L 6cyl won't start turns over well. [cbgaloot]
Oct 11, 2007 (4:52 am)
make sure all cable ends are clean, check for a broken ground strap from the engine to the body if ground wires look ok run a second wire just in case one might be broken inside the insulation. i remember a long time ago i had a car with an amp guage it was going crazy, it was charging but battery would still go down after driving a while. turned out to be the ground wire going to the firewall. put a new one in worked great after that.
hope this helps!
#2597 of 2986 98 Ford Ranger
Oct 15, 2007 (10:39 am)
I've been having problems with my gears shifting manually on my truck, It's an automatic. I took it to Advance auto and they found out by the readings that I needed to have my speed sensor replaced. I'm of course trying to do it my self and have no experience with working on cars. I found and managed to get the old one off. However the part that I bought does not look the same. Waddle-I-do. Can someone help a lady out. Is there another name for this part. Maybe they gave me the wrong one.
#2598 of 2986 Re: 98 Ford Ranger [buddygal]
Oct 15, 2007 (1:17 pm)
the new speed sensors do not include the gear and clip the clip needs to be removed from your old sensor and the gear pulled out, install the gear in the new sensor then push the clip in place to hold the gear in the sensor housing. the clip will be u shapped with a lip on one side just place a small flat screwdriver between the lip and sensor housing to remove the clip
hope this helps you !
#2599 of 2986 Re: Hard Starting [girlluvstrucks]
Oct 16, 2007 (8:07 am)
I have a ford ranger 1994, it won't start, it tries to kick over but just won't. what can i do about it
Oct 16, 2007 (8:18 am)
My truck is giving me a headache, it tries to kick over but just won't kick. What could be my problem? I thought of changing the spark plugs, would that help?
#2601 of 2986 Re: 1994 ranger [indian7]
Oct 16, 2007 (10:52 am)
Lots of things might be the problem.
Don't 'throw parts' at the truck. Just changing the plugs is going to probably waste money you could be spending with a good mechanic that can track down your actual problem.
Wild guess - with absolutely no basis - Did you have a minor accident with the truck? Did you run it into something, and now it will not start? If so, there is a fuel shutoff that might have been triggered. This is under the carpet, on the passenger side, on the side of the tunnel. There is a pushbutton that needs reset, if the truck was wacked.
If you turn the key on, but do not turn it to 'start', can you hear the fuel pump (inside the gas tank) run. You should be able to hear it run for a few seconds after you turn the key to 'run' position. If not, the fuel pump may be burned out. Or there may be a bad fuel pump relay, which controls the pump. These relays are in the big fuse box under the hood. There probably are 2 or 3 of these relay, little black boxes, plugged into the fuse box. They usually are all the same, so you can swap these around, and if the one for the fuel pump is bad, maybe you will swap it with a good one, and the truck will start.
Actually, as I said, all these are wild guesses, from a far distance, with absolute no info to base anything on. If the two things above don't help, drag it to a shop.