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#166 of 304 opinions please!!
Mar 14, 2008 (12:39 pm)
ive recently started having problems with my 2000 ford ranger it is idling eratically, hard to start, isnt accelerating like it should, is runnin rich, and occasionaly tries to die on me ive done a tune up replaced all my filters, plugs, oil, tps, O2 sensors and my thermostat due to a coolant leak havent found the leak yet but it doesnt appear to be seeping into my oil yet no milky color and the truck only smokes when i first crank it up after it warms up she seems to run fine except at an idle im thinkin either my eec or my egr but would love some feedback
#167 of 304 Re: opinions please!! [jeremyctry]
Mar 14, 2008 (5:20 pm)
I bet the smoke when you first start it up is black or dark brown. If so, there is too much fuel entering the engine. A leaking or stuck open fuel injecter or a vaccum leak in the fuel pressure regulator diaphram will introduce excessive fuel into the engine. The easiest thing to check is the fuel pressure regulator. Pull the vac line off and look for evidence of raw fuel inside the vac line and or diaphram. Is there a check engine light on? Unfortunately, the most common is a leaking fuel injecter. To check for this you need a fuel pressure gauge. You have to pinch off or block the return fuel line. Hook up the guage and turn the key to on (run position). See if the pressure bleeds off. The pressure should be arround 35-40psi. Good luck.
#168 of 304 Re: #130?? LOW POWER ALSO?!! [tgwiii]
Mar 25, 2008 (6:18 pm)
O.K. O.K. YER NOT GONNA BELIEVE THIS 1...I posted #130 "LOW POWER ALSO" .......That the B2300 4 cylinder 5 Speed Overdrive 2WD would only go 80 about 3000 RPM....That was about a month after I bought it.. Where I live the top speed limit is 45..... So last week on Monday the 19 of March I drove down to Washington. DC....A cool clear day with a North-Westerly flow maybe 10 or 15 MPH. There was alota traffic so I didn't really get to run, until the second hour on the road in Eastern Rhode Island which is a little hilly. On one of the hills I am going 75 as I start to climb and as I go up the hill , it is slowly gaining a bit almost to 80, going downI am up to 90 and as it levels off I am still gaining 91, 92, 93-94!! slowly it crept up to 95 on the flat and I ran for a couple of miles in the 93-95 range B4 I chicken out....and let her drop down to a safer 75.....in the 65 zone I was in...And on the way back I had quite a bit of acceleration (for a 4) from 80 to 85 and was able to run at 95 for six miles---------------One more thing, The steering & handling were just as good at 100 as at 60..... That stuff about bad steering in the 90s seems 2B wrong!!! WHAT DID I DO TO IT------to get 15 MPH more on top-end??? The ONLY things that were different from "floored at 80" ....were......Change the cap from a Leer (with a sag in the roof) to an A.R.E., ditched the bedliner........and put 37 Lbs, of air in the tires, up from 30...Nothing more!! I know, I know......That could not be it....Yeah I agree, Was it Clara on the Psychics network and her over the phone Ouija Tune Up?? Naw, I don't think so..............I think that the catalytic converter was a little clogged up and the bumpy roads on the Island & the 10% Brazilian alcohol in the Extra Mart gas I use cleaned our the carbon......But I'm open 4 suggestions WTF!! Now the truck is perfect for me.........Great gas mileage, comfortable to sleep in the nice tinted windows A.R.E. cap and keeps up with 95% of the traffic...for $1500. What a deal.. My drive to DC and back--NO problems--between 75 & 95 the whole way-except cross Bronx...What do you think??? Tom
Apr 03, 2008 (1:17 pm)
i have a 99 ranger and when i put it into drive it seems like it wants to stall and i wont let me gas it up to get it moveing. it will roll and eventually get up to 50 or what ever speed but on start offs it doesnt wanna move it almost feels like its going to stall. and when i put it in to reverse it like slams into it and wants to go. has anyone had this problem? i have it at a local shop and they are stumped.
#170 of 304 misfire under a load
Apr 08, 2008 (7:44 pm)
The check engine light came on it was a cylinder 3 misfire, so I changed plugs and wires. Now it is fine on flat ground but still throws the code on inclines. Ant suggestions 2003 ranger 3.0
#171 of 304 Re: misfire under a load [kel4343]
Apr 08, 2008 (10:43 pm)
3 Liter Rangers ping.
Live with it or move up to mid-grade or premium gas.
Apr 11, 2008 (2:05 pm)
I have a 1999 Madza 6cyl. auto 4x4. I replaced the engine with a salvage motor with 50,000 miles on it. Everything is working great. Except I have a high idle all the time. Seems like the automatic choke is on and I can't pedal it down. Even after warm up its still high. When I brake you can feel the truck trying to surge ahead. My repair guy said I need a new computer chip of some kind. The cost would be about $85. Any guess what kind of chip and could I do it myself for a cheaper price?
#173 of 304 Re: High Idle [mike271]
May 05, 2008 (9:53 pm)
i've heard that the newer models have an idle control chip but i wouldn't know anything about them. i have a 94 ranger that had the same problem but the idle speed control on it was a screw on the throttle body that was easily accessible and easy to adjust. check for that and if you don't have it then i don't know anything about the chips
#174 of 304 Re: 99 Ranger XLT4X4 [99ranger4x4]
May 06, 2008 (8:36 pm)
May 11, 2008 (2:30 pm)
I have a 2003 ranger 4 cly 5 speed about 65,000.
1. about once a month after driving i go to start it and it will kinda start. Engine shakes like crazy and can not keep it running. First time it did it a friend of mine who has a Mech shop put it on computer showed everything ok. Ran great again for a little over a month. Then did it again missed work had it towed to ford dealership still would only shake on starting. I wiated at dealership a couple of hours they came out and said its running fine now they did not do anything and computer showed again nothing amiss. Ford people said maybe fuel pump maybe $650 for a maybe i said no. It did it again about a month after that but this time i let it sit for about 30 minutes and cycled key on and off a few times and it started and ran fine. I am going to replace fuel filter probably not it but a place to start. Any other suggestions. 2. I have a rattled coming from left front wheel area driving me up a wall. I hear it on normal bumps in road. When i jack up front end and hit things with a rubber mallet nothing. Any help. Other than that it is a great truck i get between 25 and 28 mpg on highway. Thanks Paul