The Ford Ranger is the smallest pickup truck offered by the American marque. It slots right below the Ford F-150 and the other Super Duty trucks. As such, the Ranger is not too big, not too small, but it performs the same way as the other successful Ford trucks.
Initially, the Ford Ranger was developed by Ford Australia who were looking for a small-sized truck to compete with the likes of the Toyota Hilux. It became popular and so the North American headquarters adopted the concept and released the truck worldwide. In some countries, the Ford Ranger is the only pickup on sale, so you can see the confidence Ford has on this vehicle.
Let’s take a look at some of the common issues in a Ford Ranger and how to solve them.
Many Ford Ranger owners have reported that their vehicles developed RPM issues after some time. This problem is caused as a result of a fault in the ECU. Whenever you see a high idling RPM, you should take your Ranger to the mechanic and get the issue resolved.
Usually, a software update solves the problem but sometimes a simple cleaning of the throttle body can prove to be useful.
Engine Startup Issue
Some of the early Ford Ranger models are reported to have an engine startup problem. Usually, it happens during the winter season, but when you are experiencing a startup malfunction in other seasons, the issue becomes a bit serious.
There are countless reasons for such a problem to occur. You could have a malfunctioning starter motor, a faulty starter relay, or a problem in the idle air bypass valve. Only a professional mechanic will diagnose the correct symptom and treat it effectively. So, do not waste time trying to solve the issue yourself.
The second and third generations of the Ford Ranger had a unique transmission problem. The gear shifting was rough and sometimes the gears slipped as well. In some instances, rebuilding the entire transmission did not resolve the problem. This means that there was a design fault that led to continuous problems in the transmission.
Some people reported that changing the solenoids solve the issue, but that was a rare occurrence. We would recommend not buying the 2002 and 2003 Ford Ranger for this reason.
An automotive engine goes through a lot of stress on a daily basis. You will see problems in some of the most reliable engines too. So, it is not a surprise that a Ford Ranger engine malfunctions sooner rather than later.
In a Ford Ranger, owners have reported that misfiring is pretty common, whereas engine vibration and power loss are also widespread issues. You could solve most of these faults by replacing old engine components and installing new ones. For example, putting in new spark plugs, cleaning the fuel system and throttle body can resolve most engine misfiring and power loss problems.
But if that doesn’t work, you can always consult a professional mechanic. In fact, it is better to leave the job to the professionals.