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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,746 miles

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2002 Ford Ranger brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

May 212004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles


I have a 2002 Ford Ranger XLT ext. Cab and the brakes started some squealing around 23,000 miles. Well, I took the truck back to the dealer and they had to resurface the front rotors and rear drums. The dealer I think did a great job, it took them 4-5 hours, although they did it at their cost. The pads they said were ok. I talked to Ford already (due to a survey I filled out), and they said they would pass it on to their engineers. What gets me is I also own another Ford and the brakes have never been touched at 68,500 miles! now I have got almost 25,000 miles on the truck and when they heat up and/or you apply them they are barly squelling again. So I guess I will have to either take it back to Ford or get another truck brand. It seems Ford knows something because go look at new Ford Ranger's at a dealership and the brakes are bigger & better!

- Surfside Beach, SC, USA

problem #3

Apr 212004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,982 miles
After complaints to the Ford dealerabout shaking in the front brakes that they could not find, I took my 2002 Ford Ranger with 27,000 miles on it to my local mechanic who is a Napa service center. The shaking became very bad and the mechanic would fit me in the next day to resuface the rotors. They found the silver metal on the rotors was flacking off and they were warped to the point that they could not be turned and were not usable any more. When I got to the garage at 4:30 pm all I could do was have them put on new rotors so I could have transportation to work the next morning at 6:00 am. When I called the dealer the next morning, they said they would not do anything because it was not done at the Ford dealer. I did not ask for payment for the work, just for coverge of the defective rotors.

- East Concord, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 292004

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Brake and rotor problems on Ford Ranger. Rotors had to be turned and front tires had to be replaced at 12000 miles because the rotors became warped and vehicle shook violently. Same condition is occurring again at 35000 miles and dealer refuses to fix under warranty. Transmission has also been overhauled twice due to malfunction.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 162003

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
After 25000 miles, the steering wheel would shake violently when braking at highway speeds. Took the vehicle to the dealer. The dealer found that the rotors were warped. The dealer asked if I did a lot of stop and go driving. I explained that I drive 4 miles to the freeway, 75 miles on the freeway at 4:30am, barely any traffic, and then 2 miles to the building in which I work. So no, I do not drive in stop and go traffic. The dealer did not want to cover the rotors under the 3/36 warranty, he said that the brakes were not covered. I explained that I understand that brake pads were not covered, but that the brake rotors are not a consumable items. After 3 days of arguing with the dealer, they finally replaced the rotors under warranty. 25000 miles later, I have the same problem. They are replacing these rotors for free. Someone should look the rotors on the 2002 Ford Ranger XLT extended cab 4 dr.

- Antioch, CA, USA

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