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Recent content by CaymenBlueLongRanger

  1. Speedometer/vss circuit troubleshooting

    Found the problem after tearing out the whole instrument cluster and GEM and pulling every fuse in the truck. Turns out the power, and likely the AC superimposed on it, was coming from the ECU Memory Keepalive circuit - fed from the horn/memory 20 amp maxi-fuse under the hood. Power feeds from...
  2. Speedometer/vss circuit troubleshooting

    I have a 1996 Ford Ranger 4.0 5 speed long-box standard cab 2 wheel drive truck with no power windows. mirrors or locks. The speedometer has recently stopped working and I have found something that does NOT make any sense. with the ECU plug connected or disconnected and the engine-cab connector...
  3. 171-174 codes

    My trusty '96 LongRanger started thowing P0171/174 codes recently and I was finding the truck a little down on power and harder to get good mileage. Now back in my younger days, my engines alway had a "lean code" because I drove Mopar slant sixes and 2.3 Vauxhalls -but that was before the days...
  4. LED lighting on 1996 Ranger

    I decided to upgrade the truck to LED parking, tail, brake and signal bulbs. I got some decent looking LED 3156 and 3157 bulbs and found out it wasn't that simple!!! Either they didn't light up or they didn't get brighter with the brake or signals on. I took a bulb apart and found they were not...
  5. How to combat frame rust?

    For frame rust get a needle scaler attachment for your air chisel and a set of hearing protectors. After needle scaling, thoroughly degrease - wash well with Dawn dish soap and when fully dried paint with good rust paint - or if you are made of money use POR 15. (I have not had much better luck...
  6. Windshield Removal

    I'm in the same predicament - and there is NO easy or cheap way out. The 2nd gen Rangers use an "encapsulated" glass. You cannot buy the windshield without the trim, or the trim without the glass, and it is virtually impossible to remove the windsheild or trim without destroying either the...

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