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3.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,526 miles

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1997 Ford Ranger engine problems

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1997 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 032012

Ranger

  • 126,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1997 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the vehicle would lose power sporadically before abnormally accelerating. The contact stated that when the failure occurred, the failure could not be stopped by applying the brakes. In addition, there was an abnormal spike in engine rpms when the failure occurred. The vehicle would correct itself shortly thereafter. The failure mileage was 126,000 and the current mileage was 136,252.

- Naalehu, HI, USA

problem #10

Nov 212011

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 136,787 miles
Today my accelerator failed. I was sitting at a red light. I went to accelerate by pushing on the accelerator pedal with my right foot. There was no acceleration. The accelerator pedal had failed. Further investigation revealed three spot welds that held a plate to the firewall had failed. The accelerator pedal pivots on this plate and attached bolt. I was able to do a temporary repair today. But, the failure in traffic was very dangerous.

- Panama City Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 192010

Ranger

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Ford Ranger. The contact attempted to engage the cruise control at 55 mph, but to no avail. Prior to the failure, the contact received repairs under NHTSA recall campaign id number: 09V399000 (vehicle speed control). The contact stated the failure surface immediately after recall repairs. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 96,000.

- Norfolk, WV, USA

problem #8

Nov 232009

Ranger

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I am writing to complain about not having my vehicle service, and I received a recall letter. I went to the leonardtown dealership on Wednesday, November 23, 2009, with my letter for recall, and was given instructions on how to disconnect the speed deactivation switch. I explained to the service advisor Mr. John jarboe that my vehicle has been leaking brake fluid, brake lights have been coming on and I wanted to know if this defective switch had anything to do with it. He showed me a diagram of the switch, where it is located near the master cylinder and told me that I can disconnect it myself, and if I wanted to have the vehicle towed in they would look at the other problem. I thought Ford is responsible for doing this repair not me. I can't drive the vehicle because it is leaking brake fluid. I was told that I can have it towed in and they would look at the problem. I am no sure if this switch is the problem, but even if it isn't are they supposed to deactivate the switch not me. I am not a mechanic.

- Chaptico, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 212001

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The throttle body air intake failure caused the accelerator to stick.

- Shawnee Mi, KS, USA

problem #6

May 011998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Speedometer malfunctions.

- Fayettevil, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 011999

Ranger

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

During driving, when I shift from 2nd to 3rd (most of the time), the throttle sticks at around 2500-3000 RPM's. it does release itself but after I engage the clutch to the next gear, I can take it out of gear and leave in neutral and it will still be around 2500 RPM for about 3-8 seconds. I took the car in to the original dealer and they thought I was nuts. I took it to burts Ford in Colorado and they first replace a fuel assembly part, the 2nd time they could not find the problem. They 3rd with burts, I took a mechanic out for a drive and shoed him the problem. They looked the car over while it was in shop for a week and said that they can willingly reproduce the problem but said it was the way the car was being shifted. No fix. I have been driving stick cars for over 26 years and have never had this problem. At one point, when shifting, the RPM's would accerlate. This is a problem, if I get to a stop light or sign and the car will not release the RPM's, then engine could continue to race and potentially blow up or even ruin the engine. This is obviously a safety issue but nobody seems to know how to fix it.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #4

Oct 141999

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Cruise control is engaged, climbing a small rise. Also, needs to shift manually from 5th to 4th gear. When clutch pedal is depressed engine will race to a wide open throttle for second, and then it will come back to idle.dealer claimed cruise control was operating as designed. Cruise control will not deactivate by applying clutch pedal, only by applying brake pedal and button. This is in conflict with owner's and service manual.

- Marina, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 101999

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
No summary

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #2

May 011998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Speedometer malfunctions.

- Fayettevil, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 281998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
No summary included for this vehicle.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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