• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

3.0 flex-fuel V-6 - 2003 model XLT

ImReady

New Member
Joined
May 30, 2013
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Vehicle Year
2003
Make / Model
Ranger
Transmission
Automatic
Hello,
Two months ago, I purchased a 2003 Ranger XLT with the 3.0 motor in it. It was perfect, like brand new. I was very happy with it. Yesterday it started a ticking noise in the passenger side head, sounded like a valve was, maybe, hitting the top of the piston. I believe that whatever holds the valve up in the head, came loose and, unfortunately, ended up destroying my motor. I haven't torn it down to see, but, it started knocking very loud, and I'm sure it either broke a connecting rod, or at least broke up the piston itself. The motor has 161,000 miles on it.
A local "wrecking yard," some friends I know, have offered to remove my motor, install a 3.0 with 86,000 miles on it, change the oil, make it ready for me to drive off, with a 60 day warranty, for a total cost of $1200.00. This is what I will do. My reason for posting this is to see if anyone else has heard of this happening. Maybe Ford had a recall on them or something, I don't know.
Anyway, the thing that really makes me sick, is that I didn't just kill the motor, and remove the valve cover to check it out, and, I believe I could have fixed it. BUT, in my stupidity, I ran it for several miles, made it home, with it still making a noise. After it sat for an hour or so, I had a mechanic friend come to listen, and when I tried to crank it again, it destroyed it. I don't know what holds the ford valves in the head, I'm a Chevy man, but, I'm sure it would have been simple to repair. Now I'm out $1200.00.
Has anyone else heard of this happening. Not the stupid part, but, the valve coming loose? thanks!:bawling:
 


Rock Auto 5% Discount Code: BD8D9A3814E19D Expires July 5th, 2022

OdinAF

New Member
Joined
May 9, 2013
Messages
97
Reaction score
3
Points
0
Location
Earth
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
245
Transmission
Automatic
Best bet is to check ford site for recalls. Better to take the valve cover off and have a look. good deal tho. if not to much damage you might be able to sell it and make some money, assuming they do not keep it.

And in all due reason, if you suspected something is wrong, shut down and start tinkering. A lot easier to check the valves (and cheaper) then to keep it going and let...well to be blunt...this happen. and $1200 is not bad at all. I engine here in Washington used is $1200 and install cost. (free in my case, I have shop and free labor)
 
Last edited:

RonD

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 2, 2012
Messages
21,752
Reaction score
5,150
Points
113
Location
canada
Vehicle Year
1994
Make / Model
Ford
Transmission
Manual
I wouldn't kick yourself because of "I should have known better", every one has 20/20 hindsight.

heck I know people that have been married 3 or 4 times.......and would marry AGAIN, talk about "I should have known better", lol

No, the valve keepers failing is not something I have read about on the 3.0l, or any engine I can remember.
It would be an uncommon failure so no reason you should have associated that with a ticking noise.
Valve spring or top cap breaking might have been the root cause, that released the retaining clips.
I assume you have removed the valve cover and seen the valve issue?
 

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Top