hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,375 miles

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2006 Ford Ranger fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2006 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 172015


  • 20,000 miles


Fuel inertial cut-off switch activates randomly, usually once or twice a year. Result is sudden unexpected loss of engine power. Can happen while driving in town or on the freeway. Does not matter if the vehicle is moving fast or slow. The device can be reset by pushing a button but the device is not accessible from the drivers side while driving. Dangerous as the loss of power is total, immediate, and without warning. The is currently no recall for this item but I see from your website and other websites that this problem has happened to other people.

- Edgewater, MD, USA

problem #3

Oct 192015


  • 146,000 miles
The inertia fuel cut-off switch randomly trips causing the truck to stop due to the fuel pump cutting off. It has happened several times, twice on an interstate where luckily traffic was moving slow due to an accident. It happened to my wife while traveling in a construction zone and she was nearly rear-ended by a tractor and trailer. So now she refuses to drive it any more. This problem is not unknown to Ford. I looked into replacing the switch and the original switch isn't available. The replacement is a newer version and comes with a "jumper wire" and a new kick panel cover, which is apparently for relocating the switch. Again this hasn't caused an accident yet, but there must be a problem that Ford knows about if the replacement is different and comes with a relocating kit. Every time it has happened the truck is in motion, I thought it was due to where the switch is located (on the passengers side foot area interior fire wall) but I tried to make it trip by kicking my feet around and it wouldn't trip the switch. The timing seems to be random, although every time it has tripped it felt hot to the touch.

- Meadows Of Dan, VA, USA

problem #2

Apr 142015


  • 114,500 miles
Traveling on state rout 56 entered the off ramp to continue on state rt.366, after stopping and accelerating to 50 miles an hour the truck just stalled. Was able to coast to berm of road and waited to be towed, would not start.

- Apollo, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 102011

Ranger 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The first incident I was dropping my granddaughter off at school went over a speed bump and the truck stalled out had it towed home and it started once off the tow truck.thie second incident I was going through a parking lot and went over a speed bump and the truck stalled out, had to have it towed and they replaced the fuel pump. The next incident I was in rush hour traffic on a feeder road and it stalled was next to the service station where it was previously fixed and after apoliceman stopped traffic and had me pushed to the service station was told by a senior technician that this was a known issue on the Ranger and to push this button whenever it happened. I have been doing this a lot since this time and have had some very close calls due to the stalling, with the latest almost causing a major accident due to occurring a high speed after hitting a road bump. The inertia switch on Ford Ranger?S 2003 through 2006 are defective in three manners one the connectors burn due to a high current draw, the switch activates without warning, and due to no kickplate passengers can activate the switch. This switch is used to cut the fuel off during a roll over crash scenario. There are numerous complaints on the internet in regard to the fire and safety issues this defective part has caused. To date Ford has not issued a recall, or notified the consumer base of the potential hazards surrounding this issue, but has issued a redesigned switch that now comes with a cover and updated connector for purchase when replacing the old switch. Please investigate since people's lives are being impacted due to the multiple safety issues and also due to the cost associated with diagnosing this issue. My cost to date is in excess of $1300, and I am in the process of replacing it myself due to my concerns.

- Oak Point, TX, USA

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