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#456 of 2995 Ranger 2.3 litre
May 15, 2002 (3:36 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 2995 Rattle from transmission at idle on 3.0 V6 Edge with a stick shift
Jun 14, 2002 (8:19 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 (9:52 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.
#459 of 2995 rangeredge: noise
Jun 17, 2002 (12:41 pm)
It sure doesn't sound "right" to me, but hey, what do I know?
I have a new 2002 XLT with the auto tranny. No such noise from the auto. I've never before heard a noise described as a "roll-over" noise. I have no clue what that term implies.
Jun 17, 2002 (4:06 pm)
I would change those plugs, and fuel filters too. You may consider getting a fuel injection cleaner to help unclog any injectors. That would be a cheap way to help fix any bad fuel problems. After that it gets more expensive
While shopping for motorcycles I found an interesting site that gave lots of tips. One applied to cars and trucks too. It talked about filling up at a gas station right after the tanker truck fills up the stations tanks. By doing so, lots of dirt and grime gets mixed up and can make for a bad tank of gas. Their advice was to always go to the same place, and never right after such an event.
If all these symptoms started after a tank of gas, I would go get some premium gas in there to dilute the bad gas. Chevron is usually a good place to go, but I sounds like something funny was going on.
#461 of 2995 Ford Ranger Problems
Jun 17, 2002 (5:19 pm)
I have a 2000 4cyl 5 speed stick shift GMC Sonoma with the same type of noise. I am told that it is normal. I have a couple of documented complaints on file at the dealership and if it gives problems in the future I will attempt to get warranty repairs since it showed up during the warranty. Sounds like marbles rolling around.
#462 of 2995 94 Ranger Engine light
Jun 18, 2002 (7:15 am)
Thank you midnight_stang for the suggestion
how about adding stp gas treatment to the gas tank. is it going to hurt anything?
Jun 19, 2002 (11:37 am)
I had a 90 2.3 5sp that some folks really thought was a diesel when idling in neutral. That trans uses atuo trans fluid and was light weight. I did replace the pilot bearing when I did the clutch, but the noise continued as soon as it warmed up. Is your quiet when cold? When I sold mine it had 174,000 miles on it and was still strong. I just lived with it. Have a 01 4.0 5sp auto now with 16K and love it. (except gas mileage)
#464 of 2995 Ranger Over heating
Jun 30, 2002 (10:46 am)
Don't laugh! I have a 1989 2.3l/ 5 speed with 248,000 miles on it. The water pump failed 2,000 miles ago. It ran hot to the point of seizing up when the clutch was depressed. Miraculously no water found in the oil nor is it losing any any where else. With summer here I began running the air conditioner and it now runs hot to the point of boiling over which means no a/c. The radiator was rebuilt 2 years ago. The repalcemant water pump was from a discount place. I've installed a new clutch fan and thermostat from Ford.Good anti- freeze and hoses. Still runs hot when the a/c is turned on after about fifteen minutes. Is there any hope????
Jul 01, 2002 (10:49 am)
New waterpump, thermostat and radiator amounts to about half of all the water passages in the engine. You may want to think about flushing and cooling the entire system, especially the engine to get out any deposits internally.
You should probably also think about installing an aftermarket electric fan on the radiator. You can even buy some that come with temperature sensors so they turn themselves on when a certain temp is reached in the radiator. However a full time fan would only keep the engine cooler, and the drawback would be it takes a bit longer to warm up. I think that is much better than boiling over, though...