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#449 of 2987 TSB on "klunk" and vibration may be HELPFUL:
May 04, 2002 (8:49 am)
Driveline - Thump/Clunk Noise
NOISE - "THUMP"/"CLUNK" HEARD ON LIGHT
ACCELERATION FROM A STOP OR WHEN
BRAKING AND COMING TO A STOP - SLIP/STICK
SENSATION AT REAR DRIVESHAFT SLIP - JOINT
SPLINES 4X4 SUPER CAB ONLY
DRIVESHAFT - "THUMP"/"CLUNK" NOISE HEARD
ON LIGHT ACCELERATION FROM A STOP OR
WHEN BRAKING AND COMING TO A STOP - SLIP/STICK SENSATION AT REAR DRIVESHAFT SLIP - JOINT SPLINE - 4X4 SUPER CAB ONLY
This article is being republished in its entirety to update the model year applications for the service parts required.
Some 4X4 Super Cab vehicles may exhibit a low frequency "thump" type noise/vibration on light acceleration from a stop, and/or when
coming to a stop with light to moderate braking. This may be caused by axle wind up during acceleration or deceleration and creating a
stick/slip condition at the rear driveshaft slip-joint splines causing the "thump"/"clunk" sensation.
Replace 3.5" steel driveshaft with 4.0 "aluminum rear driveshaft. This requires installation of a revised fuel tank skid plate. for vehicles built
before 1/15/2001 equipped with the 4X4 Off-Road package. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.
Reference yellow balance mark on existing steel driveshaft. Using chalk, paint-pen or equivalent, index a mark on the rear axle flange
in-line with yellow mark on driveshaft. This will enable the new driveshaft to be reinstalled in an original balanced state.
Remove existing steel driveshaft from vehicle.
Using the previous reference mark on the axle, align the applicable revised aluminum driveshaft yellow mark to the axle flange mark.
This will assure correct orientation of the new service driveshaft.
Install new service driveshaft and t6rque all eight (8) fasteners to 88-119 Nm (65-87 lb-ft).
Remove fuel tank skid plate for vehicles built before 1/15/2001 equipped with the 4X4 Off-Road package.
Replace with new service Skid Plate (1L5Z-9A147-AA).
Torque fuel tank skid plate fasteners to 34-46 Nm (25-34 lb-ft).
Verify condition has been corrected by accelerating from a stop, and/or with light to moderate braking when coming to a stop.
OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: NONE
WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under the Provisions Of Bumper To Bumper Warranty Coverage.
OASIS CODES: 597997, 702000, 702200, 702300, 703000, 703200, 703400
#450 of 2987 ..MORE SAE 5-20W Oil specs from Ford TSB
May 04, 2002 (8:52 am)
Engine Oil - Oil Recommendations/Applications
ENGINE - ENGINE OIL - RECOMMENDED
APPLICATIONS FOR SAE 5W-20 AND SAE 5W-30
MOTOR OILS - GASOLINE AND FLEXIBLE FUEL
1992-2002 CROWN VICTORIA
1993-2002 ESCORT, MUSTANG, TAURUS
1998-2002 ESCORT ZX2
1993-2002 E SERIES, F-150, RANGER
1997-1999 F-250 LD
1999-2002 SUPER DUTY F SERIES, SUPER DUTY F-53 STRIPPED CHAS.
1991-2002 TOWN CAR
1993-1998 MARK VIII
1992-2002 GRAND MARQUIS
This article is being republished in its entirety to update the vehicle models, engines and years affected.
NOTE PLEASE REFER TO THE VEHICLE APPLICATION LIST LATER IN THIS TSB FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF VEHICLES AFFECTED BY THIS TSB.
Ford Motor Company now recommends SAE 5W-20 viscosity grade for servicing most gasoline and flexible fueled vehicles.
All 2001 and 2002 vehicles where SAE 5W-20 is specified should be serviced at the recommended oil change intervals using SAE 5W-20.
This oil is an improved formulation to improve fuel economy.
Testing has validated this viscosity grade can be used in many previous model year vehicles. It is recommended ALL vehicles on the
following Vehicle Application Listing be service with SAE 5W-20.
All 2001-2002 vehicles other than those listed in the "Exception 2001 Vehicles" or "Exception 2002 Vehicles" chart are being filled with SAE
5W-20 motor oil at the factory and should also be serviced with SAE 5W-20 oil.
Exception 2001 Vehicles
Exception 2002 Vehicles
NOTE IF VEHICLE IS NOT LISTED IN THIS APPLICATION, SAE 5W-30 OIL IS RECOMMENDED. REFER TO TSB 99-8-16.
OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: 99-8-16
WARRANTY STATUS: INFORMATION ONLY
OASIS CODES: 401000, 490000, 497000, 499000
#451 of 2987 Contact your FORD DEALER for LATEST OIL SPECS
May 04, 2002 (8:55 am)
The data I listed in the 2 previous posts is from "ALL DATA.COM" TSB's. I am just posting it to help educate others that may not have a subscription to this service. ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR FORD DEALER FIRST BEFORE making a fluid SPEC CHANGE !! It is always possible that the above info could have been revised since its publication. Peace, all...
#452 of 2987 Ranger Leaf Spring Problem
May 04, 2002 (12:58 pm)
I've got a '93 Ranger XLT SuperCab 4.0 V6. While working under the vehicle, I noticed that
the "bracket" that holds the left rear leaf spring to the frame is shattered due to rust. This is the rear bracket closest to the bumper.
Are these brackets replaceable?? At what cost?? Anybody else have this problem? I can't win, I had a front wheel bearing go bad last week. With 117,000 miles the truck has been good... until now. HELP!
#453 of 2987 Shopping
May 04, 2002 (5:52 pm)
I'm considering buying a new Ranger with the 4.0 OHC engine and manual tranny. If anyone has one (either a 2001 or 2002) I would like your opinions (reliability, gas mileage, etc.)
May 04, 2002 (8:46 pm)
Lots of info there frey... Interesting that my 93 ranger with 2.3l is recommended to run 5-20. Just put in 5-30W castrol GTX for high milage. I have gone about half a tank on it, and it is a bit smoother and maybe a little more power (RPM's may have dropped a bit for certain speeds). but too soon to tell for gas milage. I doubt there would be much difference going to 5-20, but who knows until you try. Since I live in Texas and have 139,000 miles I figure the little extra viscosity rating would help keep my engine well covered.
swede, bearings just don't go bad, they fail over time. You need to repack them with grease, especially after any water crossings, escapades near sand, or after 5-10 thousands miles. The older they are, the more likely they are starting to score or wear.
As far as the bracket, I found a pretty neat website for cheap replacement body parts on vehicles. But I have it saved at work, I will let you know if I find anything on the bracket.
#455 of 2987 pondering 2002 ranger 2.3L, 2wd, 5spd auto...
May 14, 2002 (11:31 pm)
I'm considering purchasing a 2002 ranger, reg cab,short box,2.3L, 2wd, 5spd auto. I've seen 1 post concerning cooling system problems (hoses/radiators). Has anybody else seen this problem? Any other issues that I should be aware of? Also would appreciate feed-back as to what prices folks have paid for the vehicle I've described (with standard XLT package). Thanks much for your feed-back!!
#456 of 2987 Ranger 2.3 litre
May 15, 2002 (4:36 am)
I purchased a new 2001 Ranger last summer, a 4 cylinder 2.3 ltr 5 speed. On the day of delivery when I returned home, the truck had 28 miles on the odo and after sitting in the garage for about and hour, I noticed a large puddle of coolant under the truck, it appeared to be a loose hose which I tightend. By the time I'd reached 2000 miles, I was back at the dealer. The rear springs were squeaking and had to be replaced, the air bag light was on due to a faulty sensor and was replaced, the radiator had developed a leak due to "poor welding at some of the seams" and was replaced, they performed the "seat belt recall" and adjusted the tie rod ends because the steering wheel was off center. Everything seemed to be fine for the next several months until I hit 6000 miles. I was checking the oil level and noticed coolant in the oil , this along with the fact that the truck had started to ping under acceleration recently. Well, I'd had enough, I traded the truck in that day. That was my last Ford truck so I went to Dodge (first time owning a Dodge) and bought the new body style 2002 Ram 1500 SLT V8 with 5 speed manual transmission. The gas mileage isn't nearly as good (16.5 mpg vs. 23 mpg) but this truck is powerful and at 5500 miles, I have ZERO complaints and have not had to return to the dealer at all!!!!!
#457 of 2987 Rattle from transmission at idle on 3.0 V6 Edge with a stick shift
Jun 14, 2002 (9:19 am)
On my 2002 Ranger Edge V6 3.0 engined stick shift truck, I am getting an annoying rattle when idling in neutral that disappears when load is on the transmission or when the clutch is engaged.
It is really loud. The truck sounds like it has a diesel block!
I have taken it to two dealers who have said the noise is a normal 'roll-over' noise from the tranny.
They even bought another edge stick in and it sounded exactly the same after the engine warmed up. It is reallt annoying.
Is this normal?
Has any one else experienced this?
I can believe it is normal after hearing the other truck, but I find it unbelievable that Ford would put a truck out making such a loud noise and call it normal.
The dealer advised me that after 1000+ miles I can switch to heavier transmission fluid, but that will make it hard to shift when the engine is cold according to him.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
Jun 17, 2002 (10:52 am)
1994 Ranger XLT, 4.0 2x4, 5 spd (72,000 miles)
5 minutes after I filled my tank with Chevron Regular unleaded gas, the engine light came on. It began jolting/jerking on the freeway at 60 miles. When I come to stop it stalls/dies sometimes.
When truck is stopped and idling the light comes on for a while, then it goes off. Any suggestion please help. The truck still has the original spark plugs. I did re-tight the gas cap.