Ford Ranger: Common issues and how to fix them 

Updated Jul 30, 2021 | Same topic: Handy Maintenance Tips

It had a recall before but Ford fixed that. 

The Ford Ranger is without a doubt one of the most popular pickup trucks in the Philippine market today. Just take a look at many of our roads and you’ll see one or two running around. 

A picture of the FX4 Max

The Ford Ranger FX4 Max

Well, that’s unsurprising since the Ranger offers a lot to its owners. The Ranger Wildtrak, XLS, XLT, and the FX4 are great for comfort and hauling, while the FX4 Max will perform well for going off-road. 

Like any car though, the Ranger will see its share of problems due to age as well as wear and tear. So, what are the Philippine-spec Ford Ranger’s common problems? Let’s talk about those. 

Ford Ranger Common Problems 

One of the most common issues for the Ford Ranger is related to aircon problems. This is common on older Rangers, or ones that are used on a daily basis non-stop. Dust of course can accumulate on the coil. This results in poor cooling performance, and sometimes weird smells. 

To fix this, one might need to remove several pieces of the truck's interior. The AC unit after all, is located underneath the dashboard, directly under the center stack. If you aren’t prepared to do this, it might be a good idea to take it to the casa or a car air-conditioning specialist.

A picture of the FX4 Max's dashboard

There's a lot that could go wrong with disassembling a dashboard. It is after all, full of electronics 

Also note that the location of the said part can vary between Ranger generations. So if in doubt, consult your car’s manual. It’s also a good idea to replace the air-conditioning system’s filter as recommended by the manufacturer. 

Next up are issues with the Ford Ranger’s lights. While uncommon on the current T6 Ranger, these can be encountered on the older second-generation PJ/PK Ranger. To be specific, some of these units can often have problems with activating the truck’s low beams, or switching back and forth between high and low beams. 

One common fix for this is to reset the truck’s body control module (BCM). If that doesn’t work, the said part might need a replacement. Before doing that though, check for blown fuses and try to replace the bulbs first. 

A picture of the FX4 Max

Fox suspensions fitted on the Ranger FX4 Max

Also, high mileage Ford Rangers can have turbo problems. This stems from the fact that its engine uses a direct-injection fuel system, which allows for spraying fuel into its engine’s cylinders. Occasionally though, oil can get into the said cylinders. As such, the burned oil can cause carbon deposits to stick to the engine’s valves and restrict air-flow. This of course results in power loss, vibrations, and rough idling. 

As much as we want to encourage you to embrace the “do-it-yourself" spirit, this is a complicated fix. As such, it would be safer for you, your wallet, and your car to seek the services of a diesel specialist to get rid of the aforementioned carbon deposits   

Remember also that turbos work by using moving parts to compress air. That said, foreign objects can make their way into the turbo on very rare occasions. The usual symptoms of this problem are loss of performance, and odd noises from the turbo.  

A picture of a replacement turbo for the 2.2-liter Ford Ranger

An OEM turbocharger for the Ford Ranger T6 2.2-liter variants

As the compressor fans and turbines of the turbo move at high speed, one should also check the physical condition of these parts. If solid debris indeed makes it into the turbo, one can expect the chipping of its moving parts. If the aforementioned has happened to your turbo, you might want to get it replaced by a mechanic. 

Lastly, there’s also the Ford Ranger’s transmission problems. This was on the variants with the 10-speed automatic, and symptoms of these include shifting issues, and loss of drive. According to Ford, this is caused by the failure of fluid pump gears, which consequently results in loss of hydraulic fluid pressure. The ones with the five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions did not experience this issue.

A picture of the Ranger's Biturbo engine

The 2.0-liter Biturbo diesel engine

Ford Philippines however, has since contained this problem. They did this with a recall back in 2020. If you suspect that your truck is affected by this, one can make sure by visiting Ford Philippine’s Field Service Action Tracker. Just enter your truck’s 17-digit VIN number and it will determine if it is part of the said recall. 

Do note though that only 1,000 of the Thai-made Rangers, and Everest SUVs were affected by this. So yeah, the chances of this happening are quite rare considering that there are tens of thousands of Rangers running around the Philippines today. It is also certain that Ford already performed the necessary steps to remedy this problem. As such, newer Ranger units built after the recall are free of this issue. 

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Know more about Ford Ranger 2021

Ford Ranger

The Ranger from pickup specialist Ford received numerous facets and practicality and is one of the long-running in the segment of pickup trucks. Still, it has changed a lot in recent years, with the latest iteration combining rugged good looks and off-road capability with a spacious cabin and numerous tech features.

The sport-themed oriented urban truck was intended for the buyer's active lifestyle. Hence, the Blue Oval Company's midsize pickup truck is also utilized as a lifestyle 'weekend' SUV aside from being just a pickup car. Its robust and multi-talented platform is common for both Ford Ranger and Everest, the latter is considered one of the leading SUVs in its respective segment.

Powering the Ford Ranger is either a 2.5-litre or 3.0-litre Dura TORQ TCDi diesel engines that supply high values of power and torque as well as better mileage. It also features enough room and additional space at the back for either business or personal purposes.

The double cabin pickup truck comes with on-road agility, together with its competent handling and reasonable off-roading capability with a 4x4 mechanism. Moreover, the midsize pickup truck features top-class safety features and competes with the types of Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Hilux, Chevrolet Colorado and, Mitsubishi Strada.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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