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Injuries / Deaths:
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1998 Ford Ranger engine problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Jul 172001

Ranger

  • miles

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

As I was turning a corner the vehicle suddenly appeared to lose power. I thought initially the engine had stalled and I coasted to the side of the road. The engine was still running however it would not accelerate out of idle and would stall when the accelerator was pressed. The vehicle would ilde along and I was forced to run on the shoulder of the road in idle the rest of the way home. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and two air sensors were replaced at my expense.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #22

Apr 302001

Ranger

  • miles
The check gauges light comes on and the engine continues to knock after repair was done by the dealer.

- Brandenbur, KY, USA

problem #21

Dec 111999

Ranger

  • miles
Bought this truck with 16,000 miles on it from earnheart Dodge. Dec. 11,1999.on Jan 24,2000 took it to berge Ford service dept. For noise coming from engine (like marbles runnning around in it) truck stayed there to have engine looked at for 5 days. In the meantime I had to pay for rental.got tired waitng for truck to be looked at and called earnheart Ford service to come pick up and take to theirs. Service rep said could be just carbon in it. So they decarboned it.the noise still was there. After 20,000miles on the truck total, they put in Ford factory rebuilt engine in it. Okay for about 1,000 miles, noise came back.took back to Ford said it was probably carbon again.how come same problem with new rebuilt engine " they decarboned it.when truck picked up there was still noise. Service said decarbon stuff still had to work more. Noise got louder. Got in touch to see what now they were going to do.service manager said would be in touch.no calls. Tried calling and leave messages number of times no answer. Finally able to get ahold of service manger and he said they could not do anything more for me even though still under warrenty.said his mechanic called the Ford hotline and they told him that they were aware of some of the Ranger having these problems with the engine, but it would not hurt the engine. It had to do with the alignment of the valves in some of the engines. I said wait a minute not only I feel my truck is unsafe to drive making this racket as I drive the freewayu to work 4-5 times a week 40 miles 1 way, but why should I be stuck with a noisy, unsafe vehicle after paying all the money I have for it and to be unhappy with it? question.. if this only a noise problem why was the consumers not warned about it when they bought it.and why did they change the first engine"I think these engines should all be recalled to find out the true problem before it becomes another "Firestone" disaster. Please respond.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #20

May 272000

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • miles

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

Rattling noise from engine. Engine replaced still rattles. Clunk when shifting from 1st gear.

- Apo, NY, USA

problem #19

Aug 031998

Ranger

  • miles
Engine continually stalling, hesitation and surging, unable to rectify since purchase. Mjs

- Bandon, OR, USA

problem #18

Feb 282000

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
Vehicle failed to start numerous times, check engine light is coming on.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #17

Nov 231999

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles

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

Intermittently vehicle will stall out and shut down without warning. Dealer has changed various parts, and the problem still exists.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #16

Aug 041999

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While consumer is driving the vehicle suddenly looses power, consumer has taken the vehicle to dealer many times but the are unable to diagnose the problem and the computer says there is nothing wrong with the vehicle. Nlm

- Richwood, OH, USA

problem #15

Aug 041999

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While consumer is driving the vehicle suddenly looses power, consumer has taken the vehicle to dealer many times but the are unable to diagnose the problem and the computer says there is nothing wrong with the vehicle. Nlm

- Richwood, OH, USA

problem #14

Jul 151999

Ranger

  • miles
Makes chirping noise about half the time when started; two authorized Ford dealers have not found the cause

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #13

Mar 241998

Ranger

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Engine head failed twice.

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 101998

Ranger

  • miles
I sent a letter with more details on this incedent and others! this is my main concern the vehicle stalls out and am afraid of an accident and or a death of me or another driver of another vehicle!

- Bandon, OR, USA

problem #11

Aug 051999

Ranger

  • miles
While driving on interstate at approx 65mph all of a sudden the vehicle loses power. No prior warning. Contacted dealer several times.

- Richwood, OH, USA

problem #10

Feb 011999

(reported on)

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine light came on, possible engine failure.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 291999

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would lose power. Engine felt like it had died. An intermittent problem. When in lower gear only, would die out. Have been to dealer's twice.

- Pine Bluff, AR, USA

problem #8

Jan 191999

Ranger

  • miles
On starting engine hesitated, almost stalled then raced with high RPM, while huge amounts of white thick smoke and heavy gasoline smell present.truck stalled.restarted same problem with the addition of a large black cloud of smoke from tail pipe on pushing accelerator.throttle sticks causing surging.dealer replaced throttle valve.probelm persists. Brakes make grinding noise when applied, dealer could not replicate after 4 visits they finally ackowledge problem and had to do a complete brake job.brakes are hard now and it appears that the anti locks do not engage.rear slider leaks water into extra cab when it rains. Vibration heard from ex haust area, had to have the heat shield tightened. Noise has returned./

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #7

Aug 251998

Ranger

  • miles
While driving the vehicle will stall unexpectedly (all power will go out) which almost could result in an accident. Cause unknown. Dealer replaced battery, fuses etc. Dealer cannot determine problem. Please further details and VIN #. 8ak

- Richwood, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 151998

Ranger

  • miles
At maintenance oil and filter change, attempted to remove filter by conventional method out through bottom of engine compartment. Filter contacted starter and chassis frame which created a electrical short circuit resulting in fire involving plastic wheel well and parking brake cable housing. Also destroyed two ground straps and main battery ground wire before battery could be disconnected and fire extinguished with dry chemical extinguisher. Ford of hyannis told us that no other similar incident had been reported. No caution or information was included in the owner's manual or in the dealer orientation which would have alerted the owner to the necessity of removing the filter through the top of the engine compartment. Had it not been for the immediate availability of large dry chemical extinguisher, the vehicle would have been destroyed and garage attached to home severely damaged.

- Sandwich, MA, USA

problem #5

May 011998

Ranger

  • miles
Due to the defective barometric pressure sensor, while driving down hill, the vehicle will stall unexpectedly which almost caused an accident. Dealer refused to repair the barometric pressure sensor.

- Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 081998

Ranger

  • miles
Problem: Engine continues to rev to 2000-3500 rpms when clutch is engaged or put into neutral. Per technical service bulletin it's a slow return to idle #617400. Calibration strategy change, message 11966.

- Upland, CA, USA

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