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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,350 miles

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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Ford Ranger cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 162008

Ranger 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 82,350 miles


A plastic water heater control valve in the vehicle cooling system denatured and crumbled, leaking coolant out of the vehicle which could have caused an engine seizure had I not been aware of the situation. This is the second plastic part failure (first was the thermostat/temp sensor housing) which failed and leaked coolant during the warranty interval. Cooling systems are no place for plastic parts.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

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