Ford Ranger Raptor: Common issues and how to fix them

Updated Nov 24, 2022 | Same topic: Handy Maintenance Tips

Here are some of the mechanical issues related to the Ranger Raptor.

The Ford Ranger Raptor is arguably one of the most aggressive-looking midsize pickup trucks that is currently available in the Philippines. It is sitting above the standard Ford Ranger in the range which is offered by Ford Philippines at Php 1,998,000 for the 2.0 Biturbo 4x4 AT variant.

Ford Ranger Raptor front view

Ford Ranger Raptor

If you thinking of getting the American pickup truck, you must also consider the Ford Ranger Raptor’s issues that you might encounter in the overall car ownership experience. With all the ruggedness the Ranger Raptor packs, then it is just right that you should follow the proper maintenance to keep its sturdy characteristics.

So with that being said, let’s take a look at some of the common issues of the Ford Ranger Raptor. Take note, the following problems and issues are found by car owners.

Ford Ranger Raptor: Common issues

#1: Transmission

Even if you are just browsing through car-related discussions in the Philippines, chances are you have encountered the transmission problems of the Ford Ranger range. To note, the PH-spec Ford Ranger Raptor uses a 10-speed automatic transmission that is designed to withstand any type of road conditions with ease.

However, the Ford Ranger Raptor’s transmission is not holding up well for some Filipino owners. Some car owners even report that the transmission causes the truck to stall. With that being said, they tend to avail of towing services at random times, causing hassle and some pile of cash. Worse, it might even cause accidents on the road.

Ford Ranger Raptor top view

One tough truck from the American car brand

As a result, you will find multiple stories that owners are planning to file a class-action lawsuit against Ford Philippines regarding the said Ford Ranger Raptor issue. Even owners of the American pickup truck from our ASEAN neighbors say the same thing about the issue. This caused the brand to recall the Ranger and Everest with the 10-speed automatic transmission.

But, this is not the same for all Ford Ranger Raptor owners. Some owners of the pickup truck say that it is the most reliable vehicle they have ever driven. They argue that the Ford Ranger Raptor is the best pickup truck against its competitors in the Philippine market, namely the Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, among others.

Ford Ranger Raptor interior view

Interior view of the Ford Ranger Raptor

A car transmission tends to last for around 300,000 km. If that will be converted into car ownership years, then the said number would be around 10 years. With that number in mind, car owners tend to buy a brand new car instead of keeping it for that long.

What we can take away from this is that the Ford Ranger Raptor can be one tough pickup truck if it is taken care of properly. Of course, following the proper preventive maintenance service (PMS) for the truck won’t guarantee that the transmission will not break down anymore. At the end of the day, it is still run by gasoline and gears just like most vehicles today.

#2: Turbo

One of the features that set the Ford Ranger Raptor apart from the lower-end variants of the standard Ranger is its turbos. The PH-spec Ford Ranger Raptor is equipped with a 2.0-liter Biturbo EcoBlue diesel engine that is capable of generating 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It sends power to its four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Turbos generally last for around 240,000 km. The number can either go up or down depending on how a car owner maintains his/her vehicle. With those numbers in mind, turbos should last for the lifetime of the vehicle.

Ford Ranger Raptor front view

Keep it in tip-top shape to maintain its rugged performance

The most common reason for turbos to fail is lack of lubrication. Turbos spool fast to force air into the cylinders of an engine. Without proper lubrication, it will not be as efficient as it should be. Another cause of a failing turbo is foreign object damage (FOD) which can be caused by simply driving on the road, blocking air, or even scratching surfaces.

But fortunately, the Ford Ranger Raptor turbo problem is not as common as its issues with its transmission. In fact, the turbos enhance the efficiency of the midsize pickup truck in terms of fuel consumption and performance. With the proper maintenance, the Biturbo diesel engine of the aggressive pickup truck should last until you decide to get a new one.

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Ford Ranger Raptor: Fix

#1: Transmission fix

The best way to keep the 10-speed automatic transmission running is to change its oil every recommended period. A transmission runs with friction all the time, so lubricating it should ease up all the pressure and temperature that might destroy the said mechanical component.

Ford Ranger Raptor front view

Ready to take on the challenge

Moreover, changing the oil will prevent the transmission from having leaks, which is the most common reason for the Ford Ranger Raptor issue regarding its transmission. Clogs and debris are some of the causes of leaks in a mechanic component. As such, replacing them with a new one that is recommended by the manufacturer should do the trick.

If you encounter this Ford Ranger Raptor problem, do not hesitate to visit the Blue Oval company’s dealership in the country. Ford Philippines is familiar with this issue. By doing this, you will extend the life of the model’s 10-speed automatic transmission to avoid further maintenance costs.

#2: Turbo fix

As for the Ford Ranger Raptor turbo problem, just like the transmission, you should regularly change the oil of your Ford Ranger Raptor to maintain the model’s toughness and ruggedness on the road. Not only will changing its oil extends the life of your truck’s transmission and turbos, but it will also improve your engine to avoid overheating and the possibility of blowing a gasket.

Another way you can fix your truck’s turbo whenever you feel like it is losing efficiency in performance and fuel consumption is to replace the fuel filter. A fuel filter tends to last for around 25,000 km to 35,000 km, depending on the road conditions that you usually drive on. Once you are past the said number, replace it as soon as possible to avoid further damage.

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Know more about Ford Ranger Raptor 2024

Ford Ranger Raptor

The 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor is a performance-oriented pickup truck. For the Philippine market, its sole variant is priced at Php 2,339,000. 

Under the hood of the all-new Ranger Raptor is a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel that can make up to 207 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. The engine is then paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox sending power to all four wheels.  

The 2023 Ranger Raptor is 5,381mm long, 2,028mm wide, and 1,922mm in height. It then has a wheelbase length spanning 3,270mm. 

Locally, the Ranger Raptor’s closest competitors are the Nissan Navara PRO-4X and the Hilux GR Sport.  

₱ 2,339,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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