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#2667 of 2986 Air Sensor Problem On 1999 Ford Ranger
Mar 27, 2008 (12:16 am)
I took my 1999 Ford Ranger (4 CYL.) into FORD the other day for it did not run right, the timing belt was bad and they changed the Plugs and wires on it.
It still is not running right, so they are changed the Air Sensor. They believe that my K & N Air Filter left a piece of dirt into the Air Sensor and caused it to go bad.
They believe that the New Air Sensor will make it run like a New Engine once again.
Has anyone had this problem?
Could it be because it was in a accident before I brought it, that is all I know about it. But I found out that it had a Stainless Steel Exhaust system on it when it was NEW. But when I got it no longer had it on. So could the dirt got into the Air Sensor than and when I brought it 4 years ago? I never noticed it run bad until this Winter. Yes it has 85,000 miles on it.
My question is : The K & N Air Filter a bad filter?
Ford thinks they are, and feels that the K & N Filter was the cause of the Air Sensor to go bad. They feel that the paper filter is the best, and that it would not have let the dirt go through it, and caused the Air Sensor to go bad.
#2668 of 2986 Re: Air Sensor Problem On 1999 Ford Ranger [udayasooriyan]
Mar 27, 2008 (9:11 am)
K&N is not a bad filter. It's just that many think that some oil is good and more oil is better when oiling it after a cleaning. Most of the problems are cause by excess oil.
That said I've removed the K&N filters out of all my vehicles as they have shown no sign of improving over stock.
#2669 of 2986 Re: Air Sensor Problem On 1999 Ford Ranger [udayasooriyan]
Mar 28, 2008 (8:08 am)
K&N is a fussier filter. I used to run them on carburetter engines. It's more likely that the sensor was contaminated with K&N oil. That causes it to give a false reading. I read that aerosol solvents can be used to attempt to correct this. I think liquid ether (quick start) was suggested. Be careful with ether, it's highly flammable and not particularly good for the piston rings if over used. IMO
#2670 of 2986 Re: Maintenance on 1999 Ford Ranger 4 CYL. [udayasooriyan]
Mar 30, 2008 (2:04 pm)
Use Ford factory replacement parts as much as possible, wires, plugs (it has wires), air and oil filters. All after market parts are substandard from a factory specs perspective and long term, will not outperform the factory parts. But other than a good fuel rail flush, that's all you should need to do.
#2671 of 2986 1996 Ranger will not turn off
Apr 13, 2008 (7:08 pm)
I have a 1996 Ford Ranger which starts and runs fine..but will not turn off? Once the engine is started, turning the key back toward the off position, will not dis-engage the ignition. I replaced the key and ignition core, but that did not change the situation. Could there be a problem with the device that locks the steering wheel when the ignition is off and the key is removed ? I can only get the engine to stop when I dis connect the battery and pull the fuse for the ignition.
#2672 of 2986 Would '83 Ranger parts fix '89 Ranger's dash problems?
Apr 13, 2008 (8:35 pm)
I just bought an '89 Ranger to replace an '83 Ranger, which I need to retire because it won't pass the CA smog test. The '89 has a weird gas gauge. It goes to 5/8 full when you start the engine, which might be right, but then quickly fades toward the F, as if gravity is pulling the needle down. The seller said the gauge works when you get down toward 3/8 full, which might be a different variation of my "gravity" observation. The battery charge gauge reads on the negative side all the time, and the windshield washer, although full, doesn't work.
What, if anything, do you think I could pull out of the '83 truck and put it the '89 to make it this dashboard stuff work better?
(I already swapped seats; bed liner and slider rear window are coming up. )
#2673 of 2986 Re: 1996 Ranger will not turn off [sb11469]
Apr 14, 2008 (4:54 am)
did you replace the ignition switch itself? it's located under the dash on top of the steering colum
#2674 of 2986 Re: 1996 Ranger will not turn off [sb11469]
Apr 14, 2008 (5:08 am)
my bad i was thing of GM, the switch is located inside the cover on the colum just below the steering wheel there are 2 bolts that hold it on they are torque that require the type bit that has a hole in it
#2675 of 2986 Re: 1996 Ranger will not turn off [sb11469]
Apr 14, 2008 (9:19 am)
This is a great post. This just happened to my 95 Ranger the other day. I replaced the cylinder lock with a new cylinder lock & key but it still won't shut the ignition off. I replaced it because the old ignition core (cylinder) was broke and allowed the key to be turned all the way around but when lucky if caught just right it would shut the truck off!
There is a wire harness with four wires, one wire is connected to the ignition core (via a metal clip) I am told that this wire is for the chimes when you turn the ignition on? The other three are connected to a plastic ring behind the steering wheel which I believe is for the air bag. The harness is still avaiable from Ford for $133.00 bucks. I have the part #.
Could it be the device that locks the steering wheel?? Please help I too have to disconnect the battery and am getting very tired of it. I want my truck back
Thanks for any help.
#2676 of 2986 Re: 1996 Ranger will not turn off [wookie1]
Apr 14, 2008 (9:23 am)
Check out my other post. Could that switch be stuck on not allowing the ignition to turn off when the key is in the off position?
I too have put a new cylinder lock and key in my 95 Ranger but it won't shut off.