hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,393 miles

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1998 Ford Ranger engine problems

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 022010


  • 151,663 miles


I started the truck, all gauges read ok, backed it out onto the road and proceeded T drive to my destination. I shifted into 3rd and it felt sluggish, (like brake drag) I looked down at the instrument panel for information, and found no response from the oil pressure gauge. I proceeded to push in the clutch and shut off the motor, but by the time I pushed in the clutch the engine shut down and wouldn't proceed to run. I checked the oil dip stick to find the oil level is acceptable, but the motor refuses to turn over. Problem still occurs to this day.

- Dresden, 00, USA

problem #4

Mar 202008

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles
Every 4 months I have to change my spark plugs because the ceramic part keeps breaking.

- Findlay, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 272007

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,300 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Ranger. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle began to shutter rapidly and the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. He drove approximately eight minutes to a local dealer and they stated that the cam shaft sensor became loose. The dealer tightened the clapping screw on the shaft sensor as a temporary repair. They also stated that the intake manifold needed to be replaced. The vehicle has not yet been completely repaired. The contact was informed that there was a service bulletin for his vehicle (item number 10000592). He filed a complaint with the manufacturer. The current and failure mileages were 60,300. Updated 04-09-08 the consumer stated there was a loose cam shaft sensor

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 092007

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Pulled my 1998 Ford Ranger into a store parking lot. I was getting ready to park when I could smell something burning. Stopped the truck. Smoke was coming from under the hood. I popped the hood and saw an electrical plug burning with flames. I was able to blow the flames out before much else was damaged. I was able to drive it to a Ford dealership. They told me that the cruise control plug is what caught fire. It also damaged my reservoir for the brake fluid. They are replacing the master cylinder and the cruise control plug. Of course, this is at my own expense, not Ford.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #1

Feb 011999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Temprature gauge failed.

- San Dimas, CA, USA

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