hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,915 miles

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2002 Ford Ranger suspension problems

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2002 Ford Ranger Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #23

Oct 182016


  • 160,000 miles


Excessive rust underneath. Leaf spring hangers failed at 11 years/120K miles. Spare tire winch separated from truck at 14 years/155K miles.. an exhaust mount has rusted away leaving the exhaust system marginally supported - uncertain of when this happened. Logging this complaint due to the gas tank strap failure. One gas tank strap separated from underneath the truck bed approximately one month ago - age 14.5 years, ~160K miles. With the spare tire, I noticed it hanging low (3 of 4 fasteners had pulled away from their mounts), and with little effort, was able to have it fall off. Had the remaining fastener failed on the highway, obviously bad things could have happened. With the gas tank strap, luckily it separated from underneath the bed rather than from the frame, and I could hear it rubbing against the drive shaft. The other strap was able to carry the entire weight until I was able to secure the gas tank.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #22

Aug 052016


  • 126,520 miles
Was pulling into friends driveway when I heard a cracking noise when I checked the left rear spring hanger pulled out of the rusted frame. I pulled off the bed of the truck and found several areas which were severely rusted including the spare tire carrier and the straps which hold up the gas tank. I am the original owner of the vehicle and have lived in Pennsylvania the whole time.

- Felton, PA, USA

problem #21

Jan 012015


  • 94,000 miles
I bought this truck from a dealership in Jan 2010. Truck was in good shape, had frame check out before I bought it and looked very good. Truck had only 48000 miles on it. In Jan of 2015 the truck bed sat a little crooked check frame and seen a crack on frame 3' long by front shackle. At that time truck only has 94000 miles on it. Took bed off and found more areas that would need adressing soon. I tried to keep truck under side clean during the winter, I guess the stuff the state uses on the road was to much for the truck.

- Plainfield, CT, USA

problem #20

Jun 162015


  • 104,604 miles


Rear leaf shackles replaced, rotted from frame, last Aug 2014 to pass inspection. This winter 2014-2015, the spare tire carrier frame rotted and fell from the vehicle, including the spare tire. Now, upon inspection of the bed appearing crooked, the drivers side frame in front of the drivers side front leaf spring mount is totally rotted. This has caused the gas tank mounts to the frame to break. It has also caused the bed to twist and the entire rear end of this vehicle is now only supported by the passenger side frame.

- Richmond, RI, USA

problem #19

Jan 212013

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 123,060 miles
Frame is rusted and rotting away, bought it from dealer 1/21/2015. Found out truck was in bad shape 1/23/2015 after getting oil change from local shop.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #18

Jan 302015

Ranger 4WD 6-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
Bracket for spare tire rotted, tire dropped off, no car in back of me, didn't know what happen at the time, that happened 6 month after I bought it, the other day the frame cracked in half. Car dealer ship sold truck to me roughly 15 month ago truck is totaled. Insurance adjuster said whole frame and under carriage is rotted" help. Exterior of truck looks brand new" help

- Andover, CT, USA

problem #17

Jul 012014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • miles


I took my 2002 Ford Ranger truck in for inspection and I was told my truck was uninspectable because my frame, crossmember, front aarms are rusted thin. It only has 80 some K on it I only have it for 2years I don't drive very far I bought it with 74K.

- Nesquehoning, PA, USA

problem #16

May 282014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 138,000 miles
I purchased this truck 1 yr ago. I took it in for inspection and found that it had severe rust problems. The shackles for the leaf spring had completely rotted away causing the spring to rest upon the box. The restraint for the gas tank was rotted to the point that tank was about to fall off. There was severe rusting of the frame, especially in the rear.obviously, the truck failed inspection.

- Mountaintop, PA, USA

problem #15

Apr 042014

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 140,217 miles
Yesterday I had something go wrong with my Ford Ranger and I needed to have it towed home. This problem will be the end of my wonderful trucks life because the inspection is also due and I have been told that due to extensive rust and a cracked rear frame, my truck will never be able to pass inspection. The body, interior and engine are all in great shape. The spare tire support is almost completely eaten away and the gas tank supports rotted away years ago. My mechanic had to rig a wire hanger for the gas tank. While my truck was on the flat bed, the mechanic mentioned that Ranger are know for the frames being eaten away. I have been doing research and understand now how common this problem is. Why has Ford not recalled this poorly made frame just like Toyota did" is it because not enough people have died from it??"

- Bellows Falls, VT, USA

problem #14

Sep 042013

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 41,123 miles
Took vehicle to mechanic because of tapping noise coming from front end. Mechanic replaced bushings and support rods on both sides but the tapping noise persisted. After returning to the repair shop, the mechanic pointed out that the boots on all upper and lower ball joints had rotted out and apparently led to premature failure of the ball joints. Since the vehicle was purchased new, kept in a garage and has had minimal use of only 10,000 miles over eleven years, the mechanic said he had no other explanation as to why they need replacement after such low mileage. I've already spent $242 for the bushings and rods. Now, it sounds like it's going to cost another $1000 to replace the faulty ball joints.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #13

Jul 012013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 171,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Ranger. The contact stated while changing fluids, he discovered a broken shock on the rear axle. Upon further inspection, he noticed the front shock tower mounts and the frame were fractured. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the failure was confirmed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 171,000.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #12

Mar 292013


  • 158,000 miles
When pulling into a driveway, I heard a loud crack from the rear of the truck. After inspection, the rear frame had rusted to the point where the leaf spring mount detached from the frame. If this would have happened while hauling a load, or pulling a trailer at highway speeds, it could have led to a crash.

- Brighton, MA, USA

problem #11

Mar 302013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 153,000 miles
My frame is completely rusted despite the body, engine and interior being in good shape. My spare tire mount rotted and the spare fell off. One of the crossmembers that held the evap canister completely broke off as I was driving staying attached only by the electrical connector. The frame on the passenger side completely severed just forward of the axle. The leaf spring is the only thing holding it together and those shackles look like they're ready to go. Ford sucks!

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #10

Mar 202013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
I noticed my vehicle had a slight sag to it so I took it in to an independent shop, the mechanic gave me horrifying news, stating my vehicle was unsafe to drive due to the frame being excessive rotted out, he showed my where the spare tire was being held on the rust had eaten away the support and said I was luck not to lose the spare on the highway. Also the gas tank supports were completely gone. The truck has 67K miles. The outside looks beautiful and clean you would never tell by looking at the truck that the undercarriage was rotted. I find it absurd that a truck well taken care has turned to this... the mechanic said the only way to fix this is to replace the frame, which is very expensive, so I'm left with a unsafe pile of rusted metal.

- Hudson, MA, USA

problem #9

Jan 152013

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 83,333 miles
Per the advice of my mechanic, while repairing my rear brake seals, they suggested I have the leaf spring shackles, hangers & bolts replaced before I have a serious problem. I had the work done and I did not re-attach the spare tire. Its in the cab.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #8

Oct 262012


  • 31,000 miles
Brought truck into service center for noise in front. Raised truck to inspect---- complete undercariage rusted beyond belief, front to rear bolts, nuts, brackets, frame, shocks, etc. Main concern is frame, brake lines --- had to have rear leaf spring support and bracket replaced because it was ready to break. Had shocks replaced because they looked like they could bust at any time. This is a truck with less than 32,000 miles --- body still looks great but underneath is questionable is there a recall or something I can fall back on "??"

- Crescent Springs , KY, USA

problem #7

Jul 312012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 106,596 miles
A loud thunk, rear driver's side dropped, immediate stop at mechanic's shop, extensive frame rust and riveted construction of shackle bracket hangers and shackle bracket had caused the shackle bracket hanger to break from the frame. The spring was shoved up against the truck's bed. At highway speed this could have been deadly. Mechanic said both shackle bracket hangers and shackle brackets would need replacement with probably new metal welded to the frame to ensure the new shackle bracket hangers would be stable. Also, mechanic stated the frame was rusted to a greater degree than usual even for new england. With 107000 miles, this should be unacceptable for us. There are accidents and deaths waiting to happen. There has to be something done. More to come once I go to the welding shop today (8/1/2013). Read online Ranger forums to see how prevalent this frame rot issue is.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #6

Feb 082012

Ranger 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
Rear crossmember rotted off charcole canister and spare tire fell off while driving why shouldn't Ford be responsible when goverment makes Toyota responsible for there frames.

- Bloomfield, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 272011


  • 44,994 miles
I was driving on the highway and the spare tire fell off and was dragging under the truck. Looking under the truck I noticed lots of rot? this truck is in great condition not a spot of rust on the body but the frame is a rotted mess. This should not be happening to a ten year old truck. P.S if the tire ever broke away from the truck completely it could have caused an accident.

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #4

Oct 012010


  • 77,000 miles
Front left wheel bearing is going out with just 77,000 miles on the vehicle.

- Fort Mill, SC, USA

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