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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
#176 of 304 Re: 2 problems [paul1899]
May 11, 2008 (4:18 pm)
A bad plug wire?
At 65,000 miles, if you have the orginial plugs and wires, it's time to replace both.
May 13, 2008 (7:24 am)
I have a 98 ranger, 4 cyl, manual. A month ago my check engine light came on. About a week or two later the engine wouldn't return to idle speed when I pushed in on the clutch. When I push the clutch the engine hangs at about 1800 rpm for 10-15 seconds, revs a little higher, then returns to proper idle speed. It only does it on a warm day after I have been driving for a while. Otherwise the truck seems to run pretty good.
#178 of 304 Re: idle issues [rangerman4]
May 13, 2008 (1:31 pm)
-Get the 'codes' pulled to see why your check engine light is on.
-Look for a floor mat on top of you accelerator pedal.
-Clean the thottle body. There may be so much crap there that the throttle valve will not close.
-The Idle Speed Valve may be gunked up.
-The throttle cable may be binding.
#179 of 304 Serpentine Belt Replacement
May 22, 2008 (4:50 am)
I have an '03 Ranger , 3.0 V6 w/ air. I replaced the tensioner pully and now I can't get the new belt back on. It is the correct belt for this engine, I have pulled the tensioner all the way back and it just won't slip over the pully. Is there a trick to this? It just seems the belt is to short by an inch or so!
Thanks for any help,
#180 of 304 start up rattle
May 22, 2008 (7:53 pm)
New to the forum here. 02 4.0 auto trans 2by. had the truck since new 54000 easy miles. in november of 06 had the oil changed at a local shop cause i was out of time. noticed after this a slight bottem end rattle til oil pressure came up if the truck had set for a couple days. when I changed the oil myself 4months latter the filter came off with out spilling a drop. this truck ALWAYS pukes a bunch out of the filter when you unscrew it. I know what the did. they used a filter with a crappy anti drain back valve or a filter that just didn.t have one. when I went back to my regular filter never heard the noise again until just a couple days ago. we had a heat wave here in havasu ( heat wave for may at least 115 degrees.) been using 5-30 like ford recomends. been thinking of going to 10-30. would think if the crappy filter caused any damage it would have reared its ugly head by now. heard a lot about 4.0 and 4.6's/5.4's having a rattle at start sometimes. I know these engines( 4.0 / V8"s) share no DNA but they both use 5-30. ford does not recomend 10-30 even in the heat of arizona. My thinking is the 10-30 won't siphon out of the bottom end as easy when the engine sits for a day or two when nothing ever cools down below 90-100 degrees at night. Any desert boys out there got some thoughts??
#181 of 304 start up rattle addition
May 22, 2008 (9:49 pm)
just got off the phone with a buddy that has an 03 xf4 4.0 . He has heard the same from his truck at times and addressed the dealer about it at a visit. dealer said it was the timing chains making noise until the tensioners got pressure. Beleivable I guess when you consider this motor has a chain from the crank to the "jackshaft" (old cam location) and then a chain on each end of the jackshaft to drive the cams on each of the heads (front drives the left cam and rear drives the right cam) and then (!)one from the crank to the oil pump. 4 chains in total. How much noise can a chain make? times 3? don't think the oil pump chain has a tensioner.
Ed in havasu
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#183 of 304 Re: misfire under a load [kel4343]
Jun 10, 2008 (10:24 am)
i have a 2001 3.0 and i changed the plugs and wires and it returned to normal. The engine light came off after a few miles. Now the engine light came back on the problem starting all over. I cant figure it out. I was wondering if you had fixed the problem yet? Theres a couple different people on this site with the same problem but I dont see an answer.
#184 of 304 hard starting and rough idle 2002 3.0l
Jun 10, 2008 (10:35 am)
I've been having an occasional hard start and constant rough idle on my 2002 3.0L Ranger Edge for about a year. I changed plugs, fuel filters, cleaned injectors, etc. but no change. Finally took it in to a good mechanic. He checked it out to confirm what he had already suspected: exhaust valve. My mechanic said Ford is having a problem with 3.0L's from around this year.