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Looking to buy a used Ford Ranger? Here are some complaints / problems and recalls to be aware of.
1991 Ford Ranger TIRES: TREAD / BELT NHTSA Campaign #01X001000
Date Announced: MAY 22, 2001 / Vehicles Affected: 13,000,000
Summary: This is not a safety recall in accordance with the Safety Act. However, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the Agency. Equipment description: Ford is replacing all Firestone Wilderness AT 15, 16, and 17 inch tires mounted on Ford trucks and SUVS. Ford reports tread separation can occur due to a combination of the sensitivity of the tire design to stress, aging, and manufacturing differences between plants. Ford is replacing these tires to prevent possible premature tire failure. Vehicle description: The vehicles listed below may have been originally equipped with Firestone Wilderness AT tires or may have had Wilderness AT tires installed during the Firestone recall launched in August 2000. Certain 1991 throught 2002 Ford Explorer certain 2001 throught 2002 Explorer Sport, and Sport Trac certain 1997 through 2002 Mercury Mountaineer certain 1991 through 2001 Ranger certain 1999 through 2001 Expedition certain 1991 through 1994, and 1997 model year F-series certain 1991 through 1994 Bronco note: Both original equipment and replacement tires are affected.
Consequence: Should the tread separate at highway speeds, a vehicle crash could occur, possibly resulting in personal injury or death.
Actions: The replacement/reimbursement program for this campaign expired on March 31, 2002. However, customers can contact Ford at 1-877-917-3673 or go on-line to www.Ford.com for possible assistance. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA recall 01X001000 »
1991 Ford Ranger EXTERIOR LIGHTING NHTSA Campaign #06E026000
Date Announced: MARCH 23, 2006 / Vehicles Affected: 61,944
Summary: Certain pro-a motors corner lamps, turn signals, and headlights sold as replacement lamps for use on certain passenger vehicles listed above. Some combination lamps that are not equipped with amber side reflectors fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.
Consequence: Without the amber reflectors, the vehicle will be poorly illuminated, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash without warning.
Actions: Pro-a motors will notify owners and offer to repurchase the lamps. The recall began on April 3, 2006. Owners may contact pro-a motors at 323-838-2988. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA recall 06E026000 »
1991 Ford Ranger TIRES: TREAD BELT NHTSA Campaign #00T005000
Date Announced: AUGUST 21, 2000 / Vehicles Affected: 14,400,000
Summary: Tire description: Firestone Wilderness AT, size P235/75R15, produced at the Decatur, Illinois tire plant and all Firestone radial ATX and radial ATX II tires, size P235/75R15. Operation of these tires at low inflation pressures, high speed, and in hot weather, can contribute to separation of the tire tread.
Consequence: If the tread separates from the tire, the driver can lose control of the vehicle, possibly resulting in a crash causing injury or death.
Actions: The replacement/reimbursement program for this campaign expired on August 29, 2001. However, customers should contact Firestone customer service at 1-800-465-1904 for possible assistance. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA recall 00T005000 »
1991 Ford Ranger SERVICE BRAKES, AIR: DISC: ROTOR NHTSA Campaign #98E010000
Date Announced: APRIL 08, 1998 / Vehicles Affected: 23,500
Summary: Equipment description: Aftermarket brake rotors for use on certain Ford and Mazda trucks. Cracked castings caused cracks to appear on the outer diameter of the rotor hat or around the stud hole.
Consequence: Loss of braking can result.
Actions: Aimco will reimburse consumers/installers for the cost of replacement rotors and installation. Consumers are requested to return to the location where the rotors were originally purchased/installed for replacement. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA recall 98E010000 »
1991 Ford Ranger SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC: POWER ASSIST: HYDRAULIC NHTSA Campaign #96V024001
Date Announced: FEBRUARY 05, 1996 / Vehicles Affected: 108,000
Summary: The studs which attach the brake master cylinder to the power brake vacuum booster assembly can develop stress corrosion cracking after being operated for an extended period of time in the southern California location.
Consequence: If a crack occurs, it could result in one or both studs fracturing. The master cylinder could then separate from the vacuum booster, when the brakes are applied, preventing the service brakes from activating increasing the risk of a vehicle accident.
Actions: Dealers will replace the power brake vacuum booster assembly. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA recall 96V024001 »
1991 Ford Ranger POWER TRAIN: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION NHTSA Campaign #91V189000
Date Announced: NOVEMBER 04, 1991 / Vehicles Affected: 792,000
Summary: When the automatic transmission shift lever is placed in the park position, the park pawl does not always abut or engage the park gear.
Consequence: Driver may believe the vehicle is safely engaged in park when the gear is not truly engaged. This can lead to the vehicle jumping out of gear unintentionally, vehicle rollaway when parked on a sloped surface, and inadvertent motion when the vehicle is started. All of these conditions can result in a vehicle accident.
Actions: Repair the transmission with a new park pawl. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA recall 91V189000 »
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