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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,004 miles

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2001 Ford Ranger transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 112010


  • 87,018 miles


I was driving my 2001 Ford Ranger down the road, I pushed in the clutch to change gears and something popped. My clutch pedal was now incapable of actuating the clutch to change gears or put it in gear after I put it in neutral. I had to jerk the gearshift out of gear into neutral and stop as traffic had stopped for a red light. We had to push the truck out of the way of traffic. After examining the engine compartment, I saw that the clutch hydraulic line that attaches to the clutch master cylinder had popped off. The roll pin that secures that particular connection had worked itself loose and allowed the line to pop off. The next day I removed the clutch master cylinder, reservoir, and hydraulic line. All the parts were still good, so I bench bled the assembly, installed, and bled the clutch slave cylinder. Upon further investigation, I read that Ford had issued a technical service bulletin regarding this exact problem and issued a free fix if a customer has this problem and the truck is under warranty. Well, my truck isn't under warranty and fixing it myself was a hassle. I don't need my clutch parts failing like this when I'm crossing an intersection nor does anyone else. It's a major distraction that can cause an accident. Even if this problem doesn't qualify as a recall issue, they could at least mail me a cotter pin with a letter telling me to look out for this problem. The tsb number is 01-24-1 dated 10/01/2001.

- Ewa Beach, HI, USA

problem #4

Jun 082004

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 66,000 miles
Transmission failure

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #3

Sep 302003

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The shift knob of my stick shift slips off leaving me in neutral as I shift from 1st to 2nd or 3rd to 4th gears. This has nearly caused 2 accidents where I was almost rear-ended as the knob came off while I was trying to accelerate into traffic. This prevented me from accelerating into the traffic flow. Because I was stuck in neutral I had to coast (one time while merging onto a freeway) until I could get the knob back on and complete the shift into a gear.

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 062002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While trying to shift from second to third gear clutch pedal moved freely, consumer unable to use clutch to shift. Gear lever had to be forced into gear. Please add further information.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing loss of power whenever air conditioner is being used. Vehicle been in dealer shop on three occasions, and problem still reoccurring. Also throttle positioning sensor was replaced, also tachometer is acting erractically transmission not shifting properly. Vehicle lost power while coming to a complete stop for a traffic light, consumer hit the vehicle in front of him due to brakes also failing, there was no damage to either vehicle, clutch pedal goes soft, consumer has had to pull pedal up at times, dealer can not find any problems.

- Elma, NY, USA

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