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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Ford Ranger drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #1

May 042004

Ranger 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2001 Ford Ranger 4-wheel drive off road. It has 22.000 miles on it. I have driven it approximately 10 (ten) miles in 4-wheel, never off-road. I had all oils changed and analysed to ensure no hidden problems. The results are: Transfer case (first test) abnormal amount of copper--critical amount of aluminum--critical amount of silicon. Secont test--sikicon levels high--wear metals high--front differential--modearqate levels of dirt--wear metals high--rear differential--nickel level appears high---transmission--test indicate no corrective action--engine--tests indicate no corrective action (I have changed oil and filter 7 times). Ford Motor Company claims if no problems are current there is no problem. Oil contamination leads to problems. Ford Motor Comapny is selling defective equipment doomed to fail.

- Clay Center, KS, USA

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