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Looking to buy a used Ford Ranger? Here are some complaints / problems and recalls to be aware of.
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1992 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 »
1992 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 »
1992 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 »
1992 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 »
1992 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 »
1992 Ford Ranger VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL NHTSA Campaign #95V231001
Date Announced: DECEMBER 05, 1995 / Vehicles Affected: 26,000
Summary: During extreme cold, northern climate winter conditions, ice can form in the throttle body of the engine causing the throttle plate to remain in the highway cruising position after the accelerator is released or the speed control is deactivated.
Consequence: The vehicle stopping distances can be increased possibly resulting in an accident.
Actions: Dealers will replace the air intake duct and valve assembly with revised units. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA recall 95V231001 »
1992 Ford Ranger PARKING BRAKE: CONVENTIONAL NHTSA Campaign #94V169001
Date Announced: SEPTEMBER 07, 1994 / Vehicles Affected: 835,791
Summary: The parking brake control self-adjust pawl does not line up properly with the self-adjust rachet causing the pawl to slip over one or more teeth in the ratchet.
Consequence: When the above occurs, it can result in parking brake system ineffectiveness. The parking brake will not hold the vehicle, causing the vehicle to roll freely, if the transmission is not left in gear.
Actions: A wedge will be installed which will serve to lock the parking brake self-adjust mechanism pawl into engagement with the ratchet. Also, owners will be advised to release and reapply the parking brake whenever tooth skip occurs and will be reminded to always turn off the engine and leave the vehicle in gear when the vehicle is parked. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA recall 94V169001 »
1992 Ford Ranger STRUCTURE: BODY: DOOR NHTSA Campaign #92V006000
Date Announced: JANUARY 14, 1992 / Vehicles Affected: 190,000
Summary: Water can enter the door latch release cable. If the vehicle is operated in below freezing temperatures, the water in the door latch release cable can freeze and cause the latch mechanism to malfunction.
Consequence: The malfunction of the door latch release can result inthree different problems: 1) the door will not be able to be relatched, 2) theinside door handle can become inoperative, and 3) the door could appear to belatched when it is not, allowing the door to open unexpectedly if it is jarred, and increasing the risk of injury to the adjacent seat occupant.
Actions: Revised door release cables and water shields will be installed. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the NHTSA recall 92V006000 »
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