Home Discussion Forum Tech Articles Other Articles Featured Rides Readers Rides Classifieds Shirts & Decals Parts Store

Ford Ranger Discussion Forum

Off-Road Truck Of The Month

'RICO9'
July 2014 OTOTM

Mini Truck Of The Month

'Cole' Dave'
July 2014 MTOTM
 
Old 01-21-2013, 03:06 AM   #1
swisspott
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 7
Vehicle Year: 1994
Vehicle Make: ford
Vehicle Model: ranger
Rep Power: 0
swisspott is on a distinguished road
Default 3.0L V6 Being A Bitch PLEASE HELP!!!

Alright. I've got a 1994 Ford Ranger with a 3.0L V6. I bought it about three years back for $1500. What a rip off! I've already invested close to $3000 and the truck is worse than it started off as. If it weren't for Ford's Escort, I would say to hell with the company. How dare they let the Japs out engineer them. Anyway, I was hoping by posting this I might get some solid advice as to how to fix the damn thing and keep it running until I can get another vehicle. With that said here are all the parts that I have had replaced.

STARTER(x2), ALTERNATOR, WATER PUMP, FUEL PUMP(x2), FUEL PUMP RELAY, BATTERY(x2), RADIATOR, MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR, IDLE AIR CONTROL SENSOR, SPEED SENSOR, DISTRIBUTOR W/ CAMSHAFT & CRANKSHAFT SENSOR, EGR VALVE, FUEL FILTER (x2), INTAKE AIR CONTROL SENSOR, OXYGEN SENSORS, THROTTLE POSITION SENSOR, THERMOSTAT(x2), along with numerous oil and spark plug changes.

Symptoms the P.O.S. Exhibits:
-Rough Idle
-Overheating
-Hard to start or no start
-Pinging, hard knocking, and squelling from start through drive
-Transmission bucks when upshifting or wont shift at all
-Oil pressure gauge usually reads low
-Battery voltage gauge isn't steady
-Engaged throttle does little to nothing

I have some ideas as to what the problems may be. I know for sure my head gasket needs to be replaced and possibly the heads. Also the kickdown cable and possibly the transmission. But with bills to pay, I have little to waste on more parts. Ive already wasted $100 so the idiots at the ford dealership could tell me fuel pressure is lower than normal, of all the diagnostics they ran, if they really did run them, I figured they could tell me something that I don't already know. Through research, I've seen that it could be the cam/crankshaft sensors, or even the water pump. Please, would someone give me some solid advice and not just add to my frustrations. Im poor and this truck is all I got for the moment. Its makes me sad to think of getting rid of her for a measley scooter, but at least the scooter would be reliable.
swisspott is offline   Reply With Quote
Forum Notices (Not shown to 'Premium Members')

 Reminder:

 We're looking for participants to help move our banner from Alaska to Florida: Click HERE.

 Click HERE to see the banner map.

 Want to become a Premium Member & not see these notices? Click HERE.

Want your truck considered for Truck Of The Month? Click HERE.

Don't forget to vote!

Old 01-21-2013, 10:24 PM   #2
swisspott
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 7
Vehicle Year: 1994
Vehicle Make: ford
Vehicle Model: ranger
Rep Power: 0
swisspott is on a distinguished road
Default

Alright. Replaced the fuel filter today. Not sure it helped much, noticed the fuel within was a tad dirty but nothing extreme. After trying to get the truck started, I finally managed to get it going but noticed it ran no different. Still had a rough idle. So after more research, I learned that disconnecting the spark plug wires and listening/ looking for a difference would tell me if a spark plug was good or not. The three on the drivers side of the engine seemed fine, for I noticed the truck idling a bit rougher after disconnecting the wires. But when I got to the sparkplug on the front passengers side of engine, there was almost no difference when the wire was disconnected. So I removed the spark plug, which looked a bit pitted, and replaced it with an older one that wasn't in such bad shape. Wow. What a difference. No more knocking when the engine was engaged plus more power from the throttle. I plan on replacing all six tomorrow. I like Champion spark plugs, but I think I'll go with NGK. Yes, they are Japanese made. At least some people put pride and common sense into their craftsmanship.
swisspott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2013, 10:36 PM   #3
Ryannn
On to the next RBV
 
Ryannn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Carson City, NV
Posts: 1,064
Rep Power: 12
Ryannn has a spectacular aura aboutRyannn has a spectacular aura aboutRyannn has a spectacular aura about
Default

Interesting. Lol reliability stopped with Toyotas 22re... In my opinion. Every company has good and bad designs. Sounds like you have gotten some bad replacement parts to me and that's why you have replaced things twice.
Ryannn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2013, 05:53 AM   #4
locovaca
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: DeWitt, IA
Posts: 706
Vehicle Year: 1993
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger XLT
Rep Power: 15
locovaca is on a distinguished road
Default

I sincerely doubt you're going to get smooth idle until you get your head gasket fixed. Why bother throwing parts at it when you know that needs to be done and can cause all of the things you are describing?
locovaca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2013, 11:13 AM   #5
bigmark303
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: RI
Posts: 387
Vehicle Year: 98, 97
Vehicle Make: Ford, Mazda
Vehicle Model: Ranger, B series
I use this vehicle for: Ranger things in Ranger places
Rep Power: 8
bigmark303 will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by locovaca View Post
I sincerely doubt you're going to get smooth idle until you get your head gasket fixed. Why bother throwing parts at it when you know that needs to be done and can cause all of the things you are describing?
+1

If you know your head gasket or gaskets need replacing fix those. With a bad head gasket your compression is thrown way off and your computer is stuck trying to adjust the fuel, air, and spark to keep you running.

The 3.0L is an OHV engine and extremely easy to change head gaskets. You can have both head gaskets done in a day with basic hand tools.
__________________
1998 2.5L Mazda, 1998 2.5L Ranger, 1998 4.0L Ranger
bigmark303 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 09:34 PM   #6
swisspott
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 7
Vehicle Year: 1994
Vehicle Make: ford
Vehicle Model: ranger
Rep Power: 0
swisspott is on a distinguished road
Default

Alright. For an update I had changed the spark plugs about a month before the truck started acting up real bad. Before it would only overheat then shut down. Only at that point was it difficult for it to restart, for the engine was too hot. But anyway, I noticed that the center electrode of the spark plugs had turned red. I'm not sure what that means, but I think it's toward the engine running too hot. I noticed ya'll mentioned changing out those head gaskets. I'm just afraid I'm going to find a cracked head or two, then I'm talking more time and money. So how much for used heads and can the gaskets be replaced with only silicone gasket maker? Also what tools are needed. I know I'll need a torque wrench and 1/2" deep set socket.
Also I've noticed that the kickdown cable is torn to shit. Can it just be removed, or does it have to be replaced? And is the distributor suppose to move around, even with the mounting bolt on? I'm thinking mine's missing the mounting bolt.
swisspott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2013, 09:37 AM   #7
aspevacek
Premium Member

 
aspevacek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Harrisburg PA
Posts: 267
Vehicle Year: 97
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger Splash
I use this vehicle for: wife drives it to work
Rep Power: 11
aspevacek will become famous soon enough
Default

Ok you are saying over heating. Are you getting that off the engine pushing coolant out or is it just the guage saying it is over heating?

I would run a compression test on the engine before i ever decide to start pulling it apart. If you need to pull the head get a book on the truck or use an online site ot help you. Head Gaskets are critical to the engine, the seal the head to the block and most are multi layered with a steel shim in the middle or it could be a multi layered steel type gasket. Take things apart slow if you have to go in there and take pictures and label everything as you go. You will thank yourself later for the little bit of time spent because assembly will be alot easier.

Diagnostic time is always time well spent because it rules out alot of issues and saves you money and time in the long run. Proper diagnositics will keep you from needlessly throwing parts at something. My truck is a 97 I have owned it since day 1. I would not hesitate for a second to jump in my truck and drive across the country in it. When I moved up to PA from Texas my brother flew down to houston and drove my 95 honda( it was 15 years old at the time) up with out an issue. My point is taking proper care of a vehicle will determine how reliable the thing will be.
aspevacek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2013, 02:40 PM   #8
swisspott
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 7
Vehicle Year: 1994
Vehicle Make: ford
Vehicle Model: ranger
Rep Power: 0
swisspott is on a distinguished road
Default

I bought this truck in Alabama. A guy had bought it for his kids, and before him it was a county vehicle in Florida. Honestly, I wish I had boughten a different vehicle. Maybe then my hate for fords wouldn't be so dramatic. Anyway, the truck is garbage. It has cancer, and by the looks of it, it's terminal. I just don't understand why the gas pedal isn't engaging like it should. It lacks so much power, and acts like it doesn't want to shift into higher gears. This truck is a headache. I wish I had time, money, and a garage like tha rest of yall. Maybe then I wouldn't be sittin here annoying myself, but rather fixing tha vixen.
swisspott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2013, 06:15 PM   #9
Rearanger
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 946
Vehicle Year: 2003
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger 3.0L
Rep Power: 15
Rearanger is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by swisspott View Post
Maybe then my hate for fords wouldn't be so dramatic.
The truck is 18 years old! What do you expect.

Quote:
Maybe then I wouldn't be sittin here annoying myself, but rather fixing tha vixen.
Help your self start here:
http://www.haynes.com/products/?sear...nger&x=18&y=11
__________________
2003 3.0L Long Box, 5spd Manual, 2wd, 3.73 LS,
P235/70R-16, Synthetic fluids, Dual by-pass oil filter system, 73k
Rearanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-27-2013, 07:05 PM   #10
swisspott
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 7
Vehicle Year: 1994
Vehicle Make: ford
Vehicle Model: ranger
Rep Power: 0
swisspott is on a distinguished road
Default

you know what? youre right rearanger man. the truck is 18 years old, guess I never looked at it like that. Just noticed today that I hit the 200,000 mile marker too. So heres what I need for the truck:

-New heads w/ gaskets = $1,000
-Transmission needs to be serviced = $200-2,000
-Cooling system flushed and refilled = $30
-Engine and engine compartment cleaned as good as possible = $5
-New tires = $250
-New headlights and assembly = $100
-Accessories = $300

TOTAL = $1,885-3,685
JUST REPAIR TOTAL = $1,235-2,435

Looks like im getting another vehicle
swisspott is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:20 PM.




1999-2014 / 959 Media LLC / All Rights Reserved