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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Ford Ranger engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Nov 011998

Ranger 4WD

  • miles


Engine knocking, diagnosed as carbon build up, carbon remover added, engine seized, dealer replaced engine, 9000 miles on second engine. Same knocking noise is present. Ford service bulletin recommends same treatment as previously done. The bulletin also suggested revving engine to 3000 RPM on daily basis. I am concerned about long term affect carbon build up will have on the engine. Ford does not have a solution for this problem.

- East Barre, VT, USA

problem #2

Sep 231998

(reported on)


  • miles
Flapping noise in the engine.

- Landrum, SC, USA

problem #1

Jul 201998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine floods/fails to start, after waiting approximately 30 minutes, engine will sometimes start. (qcaw)

- Sulphur, OK, USA

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