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My 2001 Ranger Edge 4x4 Supercab

Discussion in 'Ford Ranger - Mazda B-Series Forum' started by 4pointslow, May 26, 2018.

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      I also noticed this Evap line missing an attachment(and goo on it). I wonder what goes there?
      Gonna look into that later.
      The brake line was replaced/bypassed, I knew about that one.

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      It looks like someone broke the plastic Y fitting and glued it back together. In the process they clogged it up. I tried to blow air into it and it was clogged solid. The hose that was attached to that spot is also plugged up with a bolt, it is on top of the gas tank.
      Now this system is for catching fuel vapors as they expand and also allows pressure out of the gas tank while catching the HC's (fuel vapors) in the canister. Fortunately for me there is another Y on that line with another hose going to the top of the fuel tank at the sending unit/pump so pressure can still be vented through the Evap canister. #9 in the diagram is still functional but 3 is blocked off on both ends.
      I will replace the whole line since it is plastic and has all these crazy fittings on it. The thing is about $95.00 though so it will have to wait a bit.

      I also removed the old brake line and secured the new one better.

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      Item Part Number Description
      1 9030 Fuel filler cap
      2 9C052 Fuel tank pressure sensor
      3 9B593 Fuel vapor vent valve
      4 9C915 Evaporative emission canister purge valve
      5 9F945 Canister vent solenoid
      6 9B328 Evaporative emission dust separator
      7 9D653 Evaporative emission canister
      8 9002 Fuel tank
      9 9B593 Fuel vapor vent valve
      10 9A244 Fuel filler pipe check valve
       
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      Brakes look good, even has drilled and slotted rotors. lol.

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      The 4.0 SOHC has a plastic thermostat housing that often leaks.
      I picked up two metal ones for comparison.
      I will use one of them and keep the other for a back up or use in another vehicle.
      Here is a link to the comparison thread.
      4.0 SOHC Metal Thermostat Housing Comparison

      And some pictures...
      Simmons Autosports with upper housing removed.
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      Austekk fully assembled
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      Today I received the Kenwood head unit I ordered off eBay and installed it.
      It is an old model, DNX 6180.
      I like it because it has free traffic built into the Garmin GPS part of the unit.
      Also I have an ipod (remember them) hooked up to it as my other three trucks do.

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      I seemed to find a problem with my AC compressor.
      Going to have to order a compressor hub. At least it is easy to change, compressor doesn't even have to come out.

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      Update:
      I replaced the hub and pulley(with bearing) with the old stock one(6 rib) off my Supercharged 98 2 door Explorer. It was a different style without the rubber cushions(that fail). My 98 2 door has an 8 rib setup now.
      The Ranger AC is working fine as of now and it didn't cost me anything but time.
      I will monitor the AC system this summer to see if it lasts the whole season.

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      Spark Plug Gap specs according to the Ford PTS website and the label under the hood are .061 - .068
      Holy crap, does anyone actually gap them that big?
      I am going to gap @ .060 and see how it runs.
       
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      That seems too high. I've found .056 to be the sohc sweet spot. Is it flex fuel maybe?
       
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      It is not flex fuel but it does say ultra low emissions vehicle somewhere, maybe the label under the hood.
      I can remember where I saw it but I was like what? Never heard of an ultra low emissions vehicle being a Ranger.
      On the other hand I never really look to see if any vehicle is Ultra low emissions.

      I set them to .060 and I will see how it runs. I only installed 4 so far, then it started raining on me.
      So 4 spark plugs and 4 wires installed, 2 more to go.
       
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      I obtained some wheels like my old 2000 Ranger I used to have, and put 31x10.50 15's on them.
      My 2000 had Goodyear Wrangler Authority's on it but this time I went with BFGoodrich All Terrain KO2's

      Before and After pics
      Maybe I should have washed it first. LOL There is dried grass stuck to the side.

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      I like it alot , what are those rims from? im looking for something for my sport trac never mind i googled ,
       
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      I had rims just like it on my 2000 Ranger, they were stock.
       
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      Just to add a note on the wheels they are one of the very few 15" aluminum wheels that fit the larger explorer sport/ trac and ranger edge front brakes. You should have the 12" rotors factory
       
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      That's interesting. I swapped the spindles on my 98 2 door supercharged Explorer(16 inch wheels). Did that to get the 12 inch rotors on there.

      My 98 4door still has the 11 inch.

      Now this 2001 Ranger, I don't know all the history and it has drilled and slotted rotors. Someone put them on but not me.
      They look like 11 inch but who knows, 11 and 12s look similar when they are not side by side.
      I will have to measure them.
       
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      Interesting. When did the Ranger get the larger 12" rotors?

      I'm about to hunt the larger rear brakes from the 2010/11 Rangers. Those seem to be not supported by aftermarket for special rotors, maybe the short run is why.
       
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      The ranger edge came out in 01 and they and the Fx4 ranger were the ones with the larger rotor. Of course the explorer sport and sport trac also got the larger rotors in 01. I believe the regular 4x4 ranger got the 12" rotors factory around 2004.
       
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      Worked a double shift yesterday so not much energy to do anything.
      I replaced the fuel filter, it took for ever to get the "quick release fitting hoses" off the old filter.
      The old filter was pretty rusty looking so It appeared to be on there for a while.

      While I was under there I removed the old rear brake line the had rusted out and was already replaced.
      I noticed the new line was rubbing the frame so I secured it in about 4 places and most were original places.
      If left the way I found it the frame would have wore through the brake line and there goes all the fluid.
      Or it may have vibrated until it cracked. I hate to be critical of others work but brakes are important and peoples lives are riding on them.

      I put some wire loom on the spark plugs going to the passenger side. It appears that the cruise control cable rubs the ignition wires.
      I noticed when I was removing the old wires that the cable had wore into the insulation a little.
      After driving on the new wires for a day there was some rub marks on them so now there is wire loom on them.
      I will have to keep an eye on them to make sure no damage happens to the new wires, they are Motorcraft wires and I don't need them failing prematurely.

      I replaced the passenger upper ball joint because it had a torn boot. The passenger side lower is brand new.
      Moog makes really good front end parts, some which are even better than OEM.
      The part number was CK8710T. It is really half the upper control arm and this design even has a replaceable ball joint in the end of it.
      It was the most expensive one listed for the passenger side that was still only half the control arm. I did not want to go with the one piece unit.
      If I looked it up correctly the replacement ball joint part number is Moog K8738 (for just the removable ball joint)

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      On my first ride to work the other day I noticed a red light flickering when I mashed the pedal down and put the engine under heavy load.
      It went out very quickly as I let off the pedal to see what it was. When I arrived at work I shut the truck off and turned the key on to see which red light that was.
      It turned out to be the battery light.

      Already having a new serpentine belt to install, I replaced it and just drove it again. The light started flickering again.
      On the alternator there is a big wire for charging, another connector with a couple wires in it, and a one wire connector.
      My 2004 battery light will go on every few months, I wiggle the single wire on that truck and it goes out, so I removed and reinstalled the single wire connector on this Ranger. I will road test it again later to see if the light still flickers.

      Anyone else ever had a flickering battery light on their Ranger, that only happened under heavy acceleration?
       
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      I burned up 2 stock alts with an overdrive pulley installed before going to back to a stock pulley. Both times I hit top end of 2nd gear wot and battery light came on and stayed on. Alternator swap fixed it both times. My trucks shift point is close to 6k and I guess it was too much spinning rpm for the alt. The sohc 4.0 and 5.0 share the same alt but I'm near positive the 5.0 crank pulley is larger.
       
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      Interesting, and if rpm is the cause I wonder if the clutch pulley from a DOHC would work okay. I saw one for a Marauder years ago, and wondered what that was. I wonder what the rpm it's made for, how it operates etc. The one I saw was $50-$60 I think, years ago on eBay.
       
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      Last week I wiggled the wires and unplugged the connector and plugged it back in.
      Next road test showed it is still happening.
      I will have to look into it further. Truck starts fine every time and even after sitting for a week.
      I have not even put a volt meter on it yet to check the charging voltage but I will in the future.
       
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      This weekend in between rain and extreme heat I managed to get an Idler pulley installed.
      The original one had some bearing noise, looked pretty rusty, and didn't spin too smoothly.
      Got an original part and it was made in Canada so I am thinking it will be a good quality part.

      I also checked for play in the U-joints since I felt a slight vibration around 85.
      Jacked up and put it on stands but no play in the joints. May be in the transfercase, this thing does have 278,000 miles on the odometer.
      I need to get to the rear of the engine and see if the Vin is there and if it matches the truck.
      This truck was very well maintained but I do see signs of others working on it. Not too noticeable.
      One thing I saw this weekend was a non original exhaust hanger for the muffler, maybe engine vibrations are traveling through that.
      I will have to put it in neutral and see if the vibration is engine speed or vehicle speed related. The frequency is definitely very high like driveshaft speed.

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      I took tomorrow off from work to get some work done on my Ranger and recharge my mental state of mind.
      Since it was nice out when I got home after 4.00pm, I went out to the garage and got a head start.
      Decided to use the Simons Auto sports thermostat housing after removing the old one.
      Getting to it was a pain and I don't want to have to do this in winter time if I used the Austek unit and it failed.
      So I am going with the tried and true.
      Also went with Motorcraft Hoses and Water pump. I am lucky my Motorcraft pumps are made in Germany.
      Someone had replaced the water pump with an aftermarket, I don't trust it since I had some bad experiences in the past with a water pump shaft breaking.

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      When installing the aluminum thermostat housing I decided to change the thermostat too.
      In my 1998 4 door Explorer I have been using a 180 degree thermostat and it has worked well.
      Lower temps mean lower pressures, and with my 1998 4 door I had a plastic thermostat blow out in 5 months so I tried the 180 degree thermostat and a Motorcraft plastic thermostat housing(before SimonsAutossports came out with aluminum) and it has been holding up for years.

      I went with this MotoRad thermostat, it has a failsafe feature that locks the thermostat open if the coolant gets too hot.
      Neat concept, but kind of wonder how well that helps since the engine has to overheat first anyway?
      They had the thermostat in 180 degree which is what I wanted so I went with it.

      I even splurged and bought Motorcraft radiator cap. (last picture)

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      I replaced the drivers side lower ball joint, the passenger side was brand new when I bought the truck.
      Moog makes really great suspension parts, this ball joint has a grease fitting unlike the OEM stuff.
      One thing I have to note is that I was really surprised to find no boot in the ball joint box.
      This newer design has a dust boot built into the ball joint. You might be able to see it in the second picture below.
      Moog even put a red rubber plug in the grease fitting hole to keep it clean until you install the fitting.

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