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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
667 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #3

May 152002

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


My 2001 Ford Ranger 3.0 liter automatic has a lot of pre-ignition under load, regardless of outdoor temperature. I have had 2 different dealerships say there is no way to change the timing to relieve the symptoms. An independant shop told me that that there was a Ford technical service bulletin addressing the issue. He said that the problem comes from a control module that changes the engine timing as needed for maximum performance. Is there such a cure for me?

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Oct 102001


  • miles
Problem 1- vehicle regularly stalls or idles so low power steering and power brakes are lost. Problem occurs when slowing for and entering corners and when coming to a stop. Local dealership tells me this is normal and to not worry about it. Problem 2- clutch does not engage when pedal is released. After a moment it releases on its own Accord and truck jerks forward violently. Clutch slave cylinder has already been replaced once.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #1

Nov 272000


  • miles
This problem is caused by memory shorting in the engine computer and is partially corrected by disconnecting pos battery terminal switching ignition on/of several times than reconnecting pos battery terminal and starting engine without touching throttle. Than let motor warm up completly, than drive gently until computer memory is reprogramed. This partial fix came from jacobs electronics not Ford which charged me $75 to tell me it was a memory short in the computer. They also believe that the spark booster caused the problem which is impossible because it occured when the truck was new to me at 22 miles. This memory problem if not corrected requires excessive throttle input to start the truck in first gear to avoid stalling which is a safty hazard. Additionally the computer has calibration difficulties which result in slight missing or roughness while driving normally even with the spark booster which greatly helps engine performance and reduces emmisions. The tail pipe has no carbon deposits in it. When ever and if an after market computer becomes available for this vehicle I will install it.

- Austin, TX, USA

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