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#658 of 2995 Transmission Clunk, Replaced Driveshaft
Mar 14, 2003 (6:12 am)
I have a 2001 Ranger, Ext. Cab, 4x4 Off Road, 4.0 Liter, 5 Speed Auto with 51,000 miles. I have been experiencing the annoying transmission "clunk" when starting and stopping as many of you have. Took it into the local Ford dealership for repair armed with the TSB. They were aware of this common problem. Took them 2 days to order and install. Now I have the aluminum driveshaft and the truck shifts better than it ever did. The drivetrain is truly better than it was when it was new. Cost was $270 for the driveshaft, $58 for the skid plate, and $65 for the labor. Well worth the money.
#659 of 2995 new owner
Mar 18, 2003 (9:49 am)
I just bought a black 03 Ranger XL 2.3 four banger 5-speed, w/a long bed. No bells or whistles. Only options are A/C, split bench seat w/cloth. Hope I don't have any problems, but it looks like most problems are reserved for 6 cylinder, extended cabs, XLTs.
Guess we'll see.
#660 of 2995 Need Help 99 Ford Ranger XC XLT
Mar 18, 2003 (5:01 pm)
I bought a used 99 Ranger Extended Cap 3.0 XLT I Have had problems with the shifting since I got it with it being hard to go into gear. I was told to pump the clutch if this helped it was the master cylinder. It did help so I took it in to have the MC replaced they did I was driving the same day and the clutch went all the way to the floor and was engaged in gear. Had it towed they said a locking ring had come off that they hadnt gotten it on right. They put it back together same day it doesnt it again. The tech says there is no retaining clip just the ring that locks into place this doesnt seem right anyone know what might be the problem??? Thanks in Advance.
#661 of 2995 tniceguy1....
Mar 18, 2003 (8:08 pm)
Here is a tranny TSB. Don't konw if this will anwer your specific problem, but it may be a start:
M/T - M5OD Buzzing/Grinding Noise
^ NOISE - "BUZZING" AND/OR "GRINDING" DURING 2-3 SHIFT - VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH M5OD TRANSMISSION AND BUILT BEFORE 11/1/1999
^ TRANSMISSION - M5OD - "BUZZING" AND/OR "GRINDING" NOISE DURING 2-3 SHIFT - VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH M5OD TRANSMISSION AND BUILT BEFORE 11/1/1999
1998-2000 EXPLORER, RANGER
Some vehicles may exhibit a "buzzing" and/or "grinding" noise or a "notchy" feeling during the 2-3 upshift. This may be caused by the 3-4 synchronizer.
Replace the 3-4 synchronizer assembly. Refer to the following Service Procedure for details.
First, verify that vehicle exhibits a buzzing/grinding/notchy feeling/sensation during 2-3 upshift and determine it your transmission serial number is greater than the serial number listed below. If the vehicle does NOT exhibit a buzzing/grinding/notchy feeling/sensation and is greater than the serial number listed on the chart below, proceed with other appropriate diagnostics for repair. Reference the appropriate Workshop Manual for assistance.
NOTE ALL TRANSMISSIONS WITH SERIAL NUMBERS GREATER THAN THE ONES LISTED BELOWARE NOT AFFECTED. USE THE CHART BELOW AND THE SAMPLE TAG INFORMATION TO ASSIST IN DETERMINING IF THIS FIX IS APPLICABLE. THE TRANSMISSION SERIAL NUMBER IS LOCATED ON THE TAG ATTACHED TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE TRANSMISSION.
TRANSMISSION SERIAL NUMBER INFORMATION
Transmission Application Tag Transmission Serial Number
2.5L I-4 4X2 F87A - AB less than 0629756
3.0L V-6 4X2 F87A - CA less than 0628220
3.0L V-6 4X4 F87A - DA less than D624514
4.0L V-6 4X2 F87A - EA less than D639401
4.0L V-6 4X4 FB7A - FA less than 0627480
1. Drain all fluid from the transmission and remove the transmission following the procedure outlined in the appropriate Workshop Manual.
2. Disassemble the transmission following the procedure outlined in the appropriate Workshop Manual.
3. Inspect the brass blocking rings for any damage. If they are not damaged, reuse on reassembly.
4. Replace the synchronizer. Additionally, replace brass blocking rings if necessary.
5. Reassemble the transmission following the procedure outlined in the appropriate Workshop Manual.
6. Reinstall the transmission and fill with new fluid. Test drive to verify repair.
NOTE AFTER THE REPAIR, THE TRANSMISSION MAY FEEL STIFF, ESPECIALLY IF THE BRASS BLOCKING RINGS WERE REPLACED. THIS WILL GO AWAY AFTER DRIVING THE VEHICLE FOR SEVERAL KILOMETERS/MILES, AS THE NEW BLOCKING RINGS NEED TIME TO RESEAT AGAINST THE GEAR CONE.
PART NUMBER PART NAME
F2TZ-7124-AB Synchronizer Assembly (2.5L And 3.0L)
F2TZ-7124-CA Synchronizer Assembly (4.0L)
OTHER APPLICABLE ARTICLES: NONE
WARRANTY STATUS: INFORMATION ONLY
OASIS CODES: 505000
Copyright © 2003 ALLDATA LLC
Mar 20, 2003 (10:03 am)
Any one who has just purchased a new 2.3 Ranger may want to check the BlueOval News. They are reporting defective cyl heads on 2.3L Rangers built at both plants between 2/3/03 and 2/6/03. Check with you dealer or call Ford VIN Support 800-555-9601 and refer to SSI03T01. BlueOval news reports engines prone to early failure.
#664 of 2995 03 Ranger XLT Steering Col/Whl
Apr 03, 2003 (9:10 am)
I just purchased a 2003 Ranger Supercab XLT 3.0 v6 on 3/29. The steering column/wheel is not straight, it is slightly shifted to the left. That is, if I sit perfectly straight in the seat in the normal driving position, the left side of the wheel is further away from me than the right side. I got suspicious that the vehicle had some transportation damage that was fixed by the dealership. I went to a dealership close to where I work and went in the new truck lot and sat in every Ranger with an open door. I put the antennae across the wheel, and sure enough, every Ranger steering column/wheel was shifted to the left. Anyone else notice this?
Apr 04, 2003 (8:26 am)
I own a 2003 Regular cab edge, and will have to check that on my way home. I haven't noticed it yet, but I can see how it would bug ya.
#666 of 2995 Rough Idle
Apr 08, 2003 (9:53 pm)
Hey guys, i am new to this forum. I have a 98 ford ranger xlt with the 2.5l 4 cylinder, with the automatic. I just bought this truck about 2 months ago, and have had a rough low idle since day one. When i went to the dealer they replaced the MAF(mass airflow sensor), put a new fuel filter in, and had full fuel service(injectors, line etc). They also cleaned the throttle body, and i brought it back again and still no luck. The truck when i stop idles down really low...then comes back up and stays normal for a little while...then idles really rough again. I am stuck, i dont know what to do...does anyone have any suggestions? they would be appreciated
Apr 10, 2003 (10:06 am)
replace the PCV valve? The rest sound like a good attempt... Maybe you can adjust the throttle body for an extra 100 rpm's at idle?