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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,282 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger brakes problems

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #17

Jul 192010

Ranger

  • 36,800 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. While driving approximately 60 mph extreme pressure was applied to the brake pedal. The contact stated that occasionally you can feel the brake pedal pulsate when the anti lock braking system engaged but the brakes did not pulsate. The vehicle began to slow down instead of coming to a stop. The contact stated that the failure occurred several times. The vehicle was not examined to determine the cause of failure. The failure and current mileages were 36,800.

- Hemingford, NE, USA

problem #16

Sep 152007

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Ford 2001 Ranger was notified August 2007 of a safety defect with the speed control wiring. I went to my dealer, and was told the new wiring harness was not available, but the existing wiring was unplugged, which would disable the cruise control, & the new harness would be available in November. Immediately, after the dealer unplugged the speed control deactivation switch (scds), there was a fault light for the brake anti-lock system. I went back to the service department and ask why, & was told there was no connection to the speed control sensor. They said they 'fixed' the problem, and I drove home. In less than two miles the anti-lock brake light came back on. The next morning, the light came on twice while driving to and from work. Again the dealer said it was not related to the speed control problem. However, I have visited several web sites where many other people are also having the identical problem, which only started when the scds was disconnected, while waiting for their new wiring harness. When this warning light is on, the anti-lock brake system does not work. When I reconnected the scds, the warning light does not turn on and the anti-lock system works normally. I have called the dealer about this problem, and to ask when I can get the new wiring harness installed. I am being told the two problems are not related, and that there are not enough new harness kits available. I choose to have better brakes every day, so I have reconnected the scds until I can get the new wiring harness installed. How many other people are doing the same thing" how long is reasonable for Ford to delay getting the new harness installed"

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #15

Oct 162007

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Ranger. While driving 25 mph, the ABS light illuminated. As of October 18, 2007, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The dealer disconnected the vehicle speed control as part of NHTSA campaign id number 07V336000 on October 17, 2007. The contact felt that the disconnection of the vehicle speed control caused the ABS to fail. The current and failure mileages were 97,000.

- Linden, NC, USA

problem #14

Mar 312003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

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

Traveling approx 68 mph I swurved to avoid going off road.as I jerked the stirring wheel to my rt then back to my left I stepped on my brakes with a hard and consistant presssure, causing my front breaks lockup, which resulted in me losing control of my truck it !!spinning out of control I went only to come to rest after a frontal impact of approximately 55 to 60 mrh as well as a rear impact speed at this point unknown. Besides my front breaks locking up, neither my driver or passenger side air bags deployed.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #13

Apr 302003

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
While turning into grocery parking lot applied brakes to stop vehicle, but vehicle keep going and smashed through store entrance.vehicle brakes did not respond they are anti lock

- Hewitt, NJ, USA

problem #12

Aug 032002

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer applied brake at 40 mph, the pedal went to the floor, no braking action. Vehicle hit a ditch, no injuries, damage to vehicle unknown at this time.

- Florence, MS, USA

problem #11

Mar 242002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles

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

The tires have been a problem ever since I bought the car. I have asked the dealer to replace them to no evail. The battery went out, the power window on the driver side died, the brakes have been repaired twice the seat belts on both driver and passanger seats replaced the tramission has gone out twice the computer/brain to run the truck has gone out three times. I dont think I can take this truck breaking down all the time for to much longer. Iam in a rental car more then in my truck. Help. (dot number: W2uu ifo tiresize: P225/70R15)

- Laquinta, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 112002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
While driving at any speed and applying brakes vehicle pulls to the left or right. Also, at slow speed applied on brakes and brake system will lock up.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #9

Mar 112002

(reported on)

Ranger

  • miles
When depressing brakes they would lock up and catch. Dealer has been contacted five times, and couldn't duplicate the problem.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #8

Jan 012002

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When vehicle is at a complete stop, and consumer steps on the brake pedal, it move forward all the way until it hits the floor, vehicle has been into dealer 5 times for this problem, and has replaced various parts in the brake system, but problem still occurs, the uneven front braking problem has been corrected. The problem with the pedal going to the floor has not.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #7

Jan 252002

Ranger 4WD

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- West Falls, NY, USA

problem #6

Oct 302001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
This vehicle has been repaired twice for front brakes pulling hard to the left fixed twice and dropped of again for the third time on 12/08/01. I am very concerned with the safety of this vehicle and the faulty braking system: Rotors, pads replaced twice, hoses all have been replaced prior to 12/08/01.

- Belton, MO, USA

problem #5

Aug 142001

Ranger

  • miles
I have had this truck for only one year and have had many problems. First the transmission went beacause it would not go past 2nd gear and the overdrive light was flashing. It was found to be internal parts and external wiring of the transmission. That same day the alternator went and left me with a dead battery. I have taken it into the dealer about 3 times for rough idle and have been turned away saying the cannot feel anything and that not to worry because its still under warranty. Twice I have taken it in for the front suspension due to a vibration to the steering wheel and truck. All rotors were turned and the front was reallined. Also the truck seems to go through gas a bit too quickly, just about a bit over a quarter tank for every 10-15 miles.

- St. Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #4

Aug 142001

Ranger

  • miles
I have had this truck for only one year and have had many problems. First the transmission went beacause it would not go past 2nd gear and the overdrive light was flashing. It was found to be internal parts and external wiring of the transmission. That same day the alternator went and left me with a dead battery. I have taken it into the dealer about 3 times for rough idle and have been turned away saying the cannot feel anything and that not to worry because its still under warranty. Twice I have taken it in for the front suspension due to a vibration to the steering wheel and truck. All rotors were turned and the front was reallined. Also the truck seems to go through gas a bit too quickly, just about a bit over a quarter tank for every 10-15 miles.

- St. Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #3

Jul 032001

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
This is the most unusual failure I've ever heard of on a vehicle. Mechanics have never even heard of these parts failing. How do all four ABS brakes failed simultaneously? pedal pumped wildly (3-4 inches 3X per second) and I don't know how I did not die.

- Ft. Collins, CO, USA

problem #2

May 232001

(reported on)

Ranger 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
On 4 different occasions while driving at 55 mph and braking hard, pedal goes to a stop and ABS releases. But, does not continue to pulsate, causing a longer time to stop.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #1

Jan 012001

Ranger

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 65 mp consumer had to apply brakes, and they locked up. Would not release until engine was shut off. Due to ABS locking up, vehicle spun and hit a guardrail.

- Orange, CA, USA

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