hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,181 miles

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2005 Ford Ranger fuel system problems

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2005 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 022016


  • 56,000 miles


The gas accident cut off switch cut out randomly during driving on a smooth flat road at highway speed as well as around town at slower speed. A less experienced driver could have had a deadly. Accident. I reset it several times and had to replace it. Ford should have had a re-call on this very dangerous problem. I have the old switch if it is needed.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 222015


  • 110,000 miles
Leaking gas from fuel pump fuel pump has big crack in plastic where fuel line comes out

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #6

Feb 012012


  • 26,400 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that he was at a stop light when the engine stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the fuel pump needed O be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of failure. The failure mileage was 26,400.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #5

May 062013


  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer however, the dealer was unable to determine what caused the failure. The contact had a mechanic look at the vehicle and it was determined that the switch that sent fuel to the engine had a short and caused the failure. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Mammouth Cave, KY, USA

problem #4

Jul 182012


  • 85,000 miles
As a passenger entered my truck, their foot hit the inertia switch killing the fuel system. This has now happened approximately 15 times, 3 of which no passenger was even in the truck. This switch is placed in a commonly kicked area and once tripped the first time it becomes extremely sensitive to vibration. One time it cut off while I was idling in line at a drive-thru. It should be recalled and relocated.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 232005

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 50 miles
Vehicle engines shuts off while at highway speed. Has happened between 20 to 30 times over the life if the vehicle. Has had 4 inertia switches installed. Ford has claimed " intermittent problems are not our problem." Multiple Ford dealerships have also said that it doesn't "throw a code" and is therefore not in need if being fixed just "a quirky vehicle." I've also been told the only way to permanently fix the problem is to buy a new truck.

- West Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 062010


  • 87,000 miles
Multiple shut offs from the inertia switch has been going on for 2+ years after driving for 30-40 mins truck will just shut down while driving has happened on the interstate, driving around town or sitting at stop light. Ended up melting the connection. Have replaced.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 102012

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles
While turning a corner the truck just shut off and died. Had to push it over two lanes and into a parking lot only to find out the fuel pump inertia switch was popped. Reset it and the truck started for a few minutes but when I went to drive off it died again. Rechecked the inertia switch and this time it was not popped. Pulled the connector off of the switch and jumped the connector and the truck ran fine all the way home. This is not the first time this switch has given me trouble. About six months ago it did the same thing but thought it was the fuel pump and replaced a $400 fuel pump only to find out later that the fuel pump inertia switch had popped. This switch seems to pop in some odd and bad locations with no apparent reason. No bumps in the road, no hard braking, or hard acceleration etc. This time when I pulled the switch I found the connector slightly melted and realized that there was a loose connection in the switch itself. Had to order a switch kit which relocates it into the fuse panel kick plate of the truck. Ford should recall this as it is a good way to cause and accident if the truck was going high speed and all the sudden stalls and you loose all power steering and brakes etc. Could get someone killed. Thankfully I caught mine because I am a mechanic and know a lot about Ford.

- Garden City, ID, USA

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