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  1. Otis413

    Steering wheel wont come loose.

    The Problem. Is there something I'm missing about pulling the steering wheel on a 03 Ranger XLT? I removed the air-bag, the ignition switch and the center bolt is backed out about half way to push against with a two jaw gear puller. I'v cranked down on the gear puller till there's groans and...
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    HELP! 3.0L V6 Duratec con rod bolt torque.

    I can't find this information anywhere, a google search brings up lots of info for the Vulcan V6 but nothing for the Duratec V6 (DOHC). I have a 2011 Ford Escape with a 3.0L V6 FlexFuel Duratec DOHC engine, a tapping noise led us to pull off the oil pan and turns out it lapped a connecting rod...
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    Performance chip?

    Has anybody seen/tried this? Force Performance Chip/Programmer for Ford Explorer Someone asked me about this, sounds too good to be true, but, I'v been wrong before.... And while we're on the subject, is there any "chip" type mods for the 4.0l OHC that do work?? Thanks for any info!
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    Lucky guy....

    Friend of mine at work picked up this 2003 Ranger XLT 4x4 at an estate sale, 12,075 miles, V6 5 speed, looks brand new inside and out, just needs a wax job.. $3,500, lucky cuss..
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    Rear door latch repair

    A while back I saw a question about how to remove the rear door panel to repair the door latch. There were no replies so I thought I'd post some pics of my door latch (lower) repair. The inner panel can be removed by unbolting the upper sholder-belt (a nut) the lower seat belt and the rear...
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    Factory 4x4 lift blocks color code?

    I had to swap out the rear axle on my 04 Ranger with one from my 02. I was in a hurry 'cause I needed to be able to get to work the next morning. My question is about the factory "bump-stop" lift blocks, I noticed they were stamped with "PINK" and "BLUE", being in a hurry I didn't take the time...
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    Front receiver and skid plate fab.

    I made a front receiver to mount my winch to. One of my helpers.... More help. A diagram of the bolt on receiver plate. CORRECTION! the notch for the receiver tube should be 1 inch deep rather then 1 1/4 inch deep, at 1 1/4" the top of the receiver tube just touches the bumper valance...
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    Shadetree Locksmith, cut your own keys.

    Disclaimer: The Ranger Station.com, The Ranger Station.com Staff, nor the original poster are responsible for you doing this modification to your vehicle. By doing this modification and following this how-to you, the installer, take full responsibility if anything is damaged or messed up. If you...
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    Control Trac system??

    So, my bro-in-law and I just went half n half on a 1997 Explorer sport. Went to look at it yesterday, 4.0 OHC from a Mustang (turns over, no fuel pressure), auto trans, 4.10 gears and a Control-Trac T case, hasn't been run in 5 years, $300 and just have to tow it home.. He wants the motor and I...
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    PATS, A Xmas miracle!

    So, Monday (off all week for Christmas) I finally got around to getting my two (cheap eBay keys, bought months ago) cut and programed into my '04 Edge (first time trying this). Having only one original key I was nervous about the process, so I connected with FORscan, new key in switch, and...
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    GMRS license holders?

    Any GMRS license holders out there? Just curious, my wife and I both have our Ham ticket so we really don't need it. I've been thinking about getting my (our) GMRS license to play around with some cheap low-pwr (solar powered) repeaters. I live in the "radio quiet zone" near Greenbank WVa, so...
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    My Motorola Maratrac install (Ham Radio)

    My Bro-n-law and I just finished rebuilding my (new to me) '04 Ford Ranger Edge 4x4, now I need to put a Ham radio in it. I decided to go with another Motorola Maratrac, a remote head 110w VHF transceiver. There's a lot of these floating around since the FCC narrow band mandate rendered them...
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    Ford "Chip" key basics. or; What blank key should I buy.

    Disclaimer: The Ranger Station.com, The Ranger Station.com Staff, nor the original poster are responsible for your use of this information. By using this information and following the how-to's, you, the reader, take full responsibility if anything is damaged or messed up. If you have questions...
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    Can't reach site from search page

    Is anyone else having trouble reaching theRangerstation.com? a link from a google search result goes nowhere and yahoo search links just ends with an error page.. It works on my desktop, (bookmarks and search links, I'm on that now) which has 3rd party cookies enabled and automatically logs me...
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    '04 Ranger Edge Rustoration...

    My '04 Ranger Edge (Plus) rebuild. I posted some of these pics on my "square tube rocker panel" thread. All but two of these pics are "hosted" on FaceBook, so this is also a test to see if/how long they'll stay up..
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    My Boss' new ride, High-Rail Bronco

    I know this isn't directly Ranger or Bronco II related, but I thought it was cool.. My Boss' new (ish) high-rail Bronco. The HR Bronco and my Ranger in the background.
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    R brake hose to frame bracket?

    04 Ranger Edge, rear brake hose to frame bracket. Does anyone know of a source for these? mine is rusted almost in two and I can't seem to locate a replacement. I checked the usual suspects but no luck. I could make one except for the hex hole on the end that holds the hose, I'd rather not use...
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    Square tube rocker panels

    I know this isn't new by any means, but I thought I'd post a few pics of my 04 Edge rocker panel repair, using two pieces of 2.5" x 2.5" (id) x 1/8" x 6', they were out of thinner wall tubing (16g) which would have been fine. The drivers side was even worse, I forgot to take a pic. Cutting...
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    4L SOHC "cam service tool" and timing kits questions.

    I have a '02 XLT 4x4 with 230K miles, this summer it has developed a timing chain rattle (chatter), and I want to nip it in the bud. This is my first 4L SOHC vehicle. My last ford was an '85 F150 with a 300 6 and 310k miles on it when it died, but that's another story... I have a few questions...
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    Quick question on door wireing connections

    I'm getting ready to swap all 4 doors on my 02 ranger, (swapping with an 04 parts truck) is there a single plug on the harness that goes from the door to the body? is it behind the kick panel or inside the door itself (front) and same question for the rear doors, would they be behind the plastic...


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