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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,000 miles

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2004 Ford Ranger fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2004 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 062012


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Ranger. The contact was driving 50 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel pump shut off switch needed be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 92,000.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #4

May 082011


  • 75,000 miles
2004 Ford Ranger - fuel cutoff inertia sensor engages sporadically and requires reset to restart the vehicle. This has occurred at highway speeds, and required the driver to pull to the shoulder. Power steering is lost when this occurs. Depending on conditions and surrounding traffic this could be very dangerous. This issue has occurred on numerous occasions, under a variety of conditions. Having a fuel system cutoff that can engage at-speed during normal driving is a terrible design flaw.

- Hampton, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 282010


  • 108,000 miles
Two days ago I needed to replace my fuel filter. After doing so I needed to reset the "fuel shut off" switch. The problem appeared to be solved, but it wasn't!! now my truck just stops running as I'm driving and I need to pull over and push the fuel switch again! when it stops all of my power is shut off...this is so frightening and extremely dangerous. It has happened twice just since I changed the filter two days ago. I'm afraid to even drive my truck now. It is obvious that the fuel shut off switch has a short in it. Now I am going to have to pay a mechanic to look at it and who knows how much that will run me? shame on the Ford Motor Company, I've always trusted them but I guess it's time to switch...

- Raymond, WA, USA

problem #2

Oct 272008


  • 30,000 miles
While driving with passenger, the inertia switch can be easily unattached or loosened. This causes the truck to randomly die. If the manual vehicle dies while driving at high speed, in bad traffic, or turns requiring power steering, the vehicle can be dangerous.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 102008

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Ranger. While driving less than 40 mph, the contact stated that there seemed to be water in the fuel tank. He heard a rattling noise and the engine failed. The dealer could not assist and there were no recalls on the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were less than 62,000. Updated 12/11/08 the valve spring came out of the plastic valve cover. Updated 12/11/08.

- Reedsville, PA, USA

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