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#2706 of 2986 flooded ranger i mean under water flooded
Jul 24, 2008 (4:57 pm)
I lent my 1998 ford ranger 4x4 to a friend who sunk my truck in the river it was completely submerged for about an hour. we let it sit for 2 weeks or so to dry out before we attempted to start it. I drained the power steering fluid, oil and gas. it now starts okay but when i put any load on the engine it seems to bog right down and has no power. It is a 5 spd manual and i'm hearing what sounds like the flywheel or a throw-out bearing noise as soon as I start it. the odometer is not working neither is the speedometer. also when i put it into 4wh drive the indicator light on the dash fails to illuminate and the 4wheel drive does not engage, all the other indicator lights on the dash work. Any suggestions on where to sart with any of these issues. thanks oz
#2707 of 2986 Re: flooded ranger i mean under water flooded [ozzie3]
Jul 24, 2008 (5:19 pm)
It's a tribute to
Ford that the truck starts at all, but sadly, I think you're fighting a losing battle. The problems with this truck will be endless, and probably culminate in engine failure, and likely rear end and transmission failure as well. The electrical gremlins will never end. I'd trade it in on something else as soon as possible if it were me.
#2708 of 2986 Re: flooded ranger i mean under water flooded [ozzie3]
Jul 24, 2008 (11:56 pm)
Offhandly, what you missed:
I too am amazed it started at all, or even moved.
You might have one hope. Buy a similar wrecked truck, and start transferring things. Electronics for sure. I would think that in 2 weeks, the areas that you did not flush started to rust up big-time. And if you continue to have not opened up these things, the damage is daily getting worse. The differentials and transmission probably are gone. Remember, oil and all lub fluids are lighter than water and probably started coming out of these things. And they all have openings, even if only small vent holes. You got water into all of them.
In a Cadillac forum, a guy documented bringing a 2000 Deville back to life after a flood. He bought a wreck. He did extensive flushes of the engine and transmission. Also all electronic modules had to be switched out or replaced. He pulled all the electric wiring and cleaned all connectors. Of course the Deville had much more than your truck. He worked all one winter on this. Even then, the car set multiple 'check engine light' codes that he had to work one by one.
Have you learned not to loan your car? But, maybe, your friend is stepping up and paying for the damage?
Jul 25, 2008 (5:28 pm)
My 1996 Ranger's serpentine fan belt fainally busted after 120K miles. The instructioners describe using an open end wrench to release teh automatic belt tensioner.
Can anybody walk me through this?
#2710 of 2986 Re: Fan Belt tensioner [soonerscarl]
Jul 25, 2008 (8:03 pm)
there should be a diagram on the fan shroud that shows the correct position for your belt as far as the tentioner an open end wrench is not the best thing to use either a boxed end wrench or a breaker bar with a socket is safer
best of luck!
#2711 of 2986 Turn signals not working
Jul 28, 2008 (5:49 pm)
I have a 92 Ranger 4 cylinder 2.3L. My turn signals stopped working. I checked the fuse and all the bulbs. The horn, the headlights, highbeams, hazards, radio all work. Is there a relay I need to know about? Any Ideas? I checked the inertia switch as well as the fuses in the motor near the battery.
#2712 of 2986 Re: Turn signals not working [jherr]
Jul 29, 2008 (8:27 am)
your flasher unit will also cause the turn signals to stop working. i would say thats what the problem is. hope this helps!
#2713 of 2986 Re: Turn signals not working [jherr]
Jul 29, 2008 (10:29 am)
Yes, and your flasher unit is usually attached to the fuse panel, a quarter sized round aluminum plug in unit. Find and replace that, and you are probably back in business.
#2714 of 2986 98 Ranger elecrical problem
Aug 03, 2008 (3:25 am)
the speedometer,wipers,domelight all quit at the same time,they work when the key is in the on or acc position but will not work when truck is running.When I unplugged the RABS sensor on the differential they would not work at all so i replaced that sensor but still they dont work when truck is running. Its a 1998 ranger 2wheel drive manual trans 4 cyl please help
#2715 of 2986 Re: 2004 transmission fluid [bolivar]
Aug 03, 2008 (5:58 am)
I know my '04 Ranger uses Mercon V, DO NOT MIX Mercon with Mercon V.
There is no cabin filter in these vehicles.