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#661 of 2987 tniceguy1....
Mar 18, 2003 (9:08 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 (11:03 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 2987 03 Ranger XLT Steering Col/Whl
Apr 03, 2003 (10:10 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 (9:26 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 2987 Rough Idle
Apr 08, 2003 (10:53 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 (11:06 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?
#668 of 2987 rough idle
Apr 10, 2003 (11:29 am)
yes, i just came back from the dealership again and he manually adjusted the idle. He said its not very common, and that the 4 cylinder generally has a rough idle just because its a small engine. But now that he manually adjusted the idle it runs just fine. I must say though, i should have bought the 6 cylinder, i was going to get a 4.0 6 cylinder in the identical truck, but opted for the 4 cylinder because of the fuel economy, and i must say i dont think its that big of a difference...im only getting about 19mpg
Apr 10, 2003 (11:49 am)
my old 93 had the 2.3l, same engine as you, just a little less stroke. It received 21 MPG in the city even after 140,000 miles. Other than remove the air intake snorkle, and keep good wires and plugs in it, it was bone stock. I did run injector cleaner every once in a while, and also notice a big difference from using zMax. I tried duralube and other brands but they just didn't seem to last. zMax make my engine purr like a kitten, and greatly reduced internal friction. You might look into it as your truck increases in milage. Hopefully the recent fuel filter change will help too. And don't forget the o2 sensors...
Also, FYI, my 2003 3.0l gets about 16 MPG in the city. Which is quite different from the 20+ you can get with a 2.3l, but my engine only has 2,500 miles on it. Still gotta break her in. I have heard the 4.0l getting equal or better milage, but I am sure it will suck it down worse if you have the lead foot. A manual transmission usually increases your MPG too.
#670 of 2987 2002 Ford Ranger
Apr 17, 2003 (4:51 pm)
I have a 2002 Ranger. I do all services myself. Just wondering if anyone could tell me if there are any grease fittings. I have not been able to find any. Just curious.