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#1 of 33 Temperature Issues
Aug 16, 2007 (9:03 pm)
Hey there. I have a 2002 Ranger xlt 2.3 5speed and in the spring i ended up replacing the thermostat, housing and hoses. The truck has run like a champ. The past couple of weeks I have the issue with the temp guaging rising until it nearly hits the overheating mark but before it does, it mysteriously drops down rapidly to the normal level and this process keeps repeating itself every time i drive it.
#2 of 33 Re: Temperature Issues [traci1962]
Aug 16, 2007 (11:33 pm)
Thermostat sticking closed, then opening. I've had a new one do exactly this same thing.
Why oh why does everyone on the Ranger area have to start a new thread for their problem???
#3 of 33 Re: Temperature Issues [bolivar]
Aug 17, 2007 (3:51 am)
My bad on the new thread. I will have to feign "newbieness" to any type of forum like this. I wasnt even aware something like this was avail. online until it was mentioned in passing. Now I know how these forums work. I DO however, appreciate your reply with your experience.
#4 of 33 Re: Temperature Issues [bolivar]
by KCRam@Edmunds HOST
Aug 17, 2007 (2:33 pm)
Actually, we didn't have a focused discussion on radiator issues, so this is just as good a place as any (not the new name over the door).
kcram - Pickups Host
#5 of 33 Water pump 1996 2.3L
Aug 17, 2007 (6:03 am)
I find that unlike the repair manuals say the heater hose and lower radiator hose attach to a approx 8" pipe that inserts into the pump body. This pipe runs behind the belt tensioner and through the generator bracket. There is a brace welded to this pipe that bolts to the generator bracket. To remove the pump this pipe must be pulled out of the pump body from underneath the truck OR the generator and everthing assoc with the genrator bracket and belt tensioner must be removed so the pump with the pipe still attached can be removed. The question is "What holds the pipe in the pump body?" Is it just permatex or is it pressed on? HELP before I break something. Thanks
#6 of 33 ford ranger coolant temp gauge
Dec 28, 2007 (9:38 am)
hey guys i have a 1998 ford ranger with 138,000 miles on it and my coolant temp gauge wont go above the cold even after driving for 2 hrs any suggestions would work
Dec 28, 2007 (9:39 am)
is it something that i should worry about or no
#8 of 33 Re: temp gauge [rangerman1998]
Dec 28, 2007 (12:41 pm)
Does the heater get warm?
If so, it's probably just the gauge or it's wiring.
If no heat from the heater, the themostat is probably stuck open. A new one should fix this.
For the best milage, and best 'wear' on the motor, the correct, functioning themostat should be in the truck. The motor need to warm up to the expected temperature for the oil to do it's best work, and the best milage. Don't continue to run a vehicle with no themostat or one stuck open. It's not fatal, but does no good to the truck.
#9 of 33 Re: temp gauge [bolivar]
Dec 28, 2007 (1:06 pm)
yes the heater does get warm i get really hot heat not right away but like normal so u think its the wiring or something like that. should i have it fixed is it expensive to get it fixed or not worry about it
#10 of 33 Re: temp gauge [rangerman1998]
Dec 28, 2007 (2:14 pm)
the factory thermostat is 160 degree and shows on the gauge as cold ,,, this will allow the engine to run rich which means less mpg I ve ran into this on many ford ranger and mini vans replace the thermostat with a minimum of 180 degree and you will see better mpg and over all performance you may want to check the 02 scencers for proper operation at the same time.