The synchronizer shaft for the camshaft position sensor can cause a loud squeak or chirping noise due to failure of the upper bushing. The noise may be erratic and is usually present when the engine is warm.
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The engine may misfire and/or buck while driving at freeway speeds with no fault code stored in the powertrain control module (PCM). This can be caused by an intermittent fault with the camshaft synchronizer assembly. This condition can be diagnosed by monitoring knock sensor data as per Ford service bulletin #05-22-12. Replacement of the synchronizer assembly will be required to correct this concern.
The magnet for the camshaft position sensor may fall out of its mount and damage the synchronizers. This causes long crank times when starting the engine and may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. If this happens, both the magnets and the synchronizers need to be replaced.
A buzzing type noise may be noted from upper engine area at about 1900 RPM, under light acceleration. Our technicians tell us this can be caused by loose ignition coil bracket bolts. Coil bracket bolts should be checked for the correct torque before further diagnoses is performed.
A rattling noise from the engine may indicate that the timing chain cassette is worn. Our technicians tell us that installing an updated cassette and timing chain tensioner should correct this concern.
2002 Ford Ranger Recalls (Recent)
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Ford has recalled certain 2002 Ranger trucks with the FX4 package because the rear axle could fracture under a high torque event, e.g., during hard acceleration from a stop or when a spinning wheel finds traction. This may cause wheel lock up. Dealers will replace the rear axle assembly.
2002 Ford Ranger Questions and Answers
my truck takes a bit of turning over before it starts, why could that be
changed gas cap several times. reset engine keeps repetting after several 100 miles.
The 4WD in the truck stopped working. Does anyone know which fuse to change to see if that is the problem? Or any other suggestions?? Thanks, Peggy
the cruse control set acc light is out also rsm coast is ther a bub for them
2002 Ford Ranger Reviews
2002ford ranger xlt,has gold color with metal flakes in paint with chrome alond the bottom of cab and ddoor and bed. it has a bed liner and a great sound system. the interior is in excellent shape with non smoking .
225,000 miles and can,t bitch. Did the brakes once, clutch twice because of a defective slave cylinder. Replaced the thermostat, that was a shocker $225 and ball joints once. Still has original alt., water pump, battery. I do oil and fluid changes on a regular basis.
I've owned my XL 2.3L 5 speed since it was 2 yrs old with 9k miles. It's now 9 yrs old with 70k miles and has only needed a tune-up and oil changes. Works great, fantastic gas mileage, and still have the original battery!
This is my second Ranger, I love it , it is a 2002 Ranger Edge Plus , 3.0 , auto, loaded, Chrome yellow , standerd cab , 4X4 . My truck looks brand new ! People always ask me if it is new , I wash it every day & do all the required maintenance .It has had only Castrol Syntec oil & changed every 4,000 miles. I had Shelby & Mustang show cars so it is a love of mine to keep it in pristine condition . The only complaint is the gas millage , the best I ever was to get out of it was 24mpg on 1 occasion but everyday is only 18mpg. I have had no repairs in 66,000 miles . I would & will buy another. Too bad they took away the Edge package .
Great Truck 2002 ext. cab with TREMOR package on it. Bought it new. Looks better with a complete THUNDERBOLT package on it. With the installation of a explorer bucket seats and center console. All it lacks is a 4.6L heart transplant !!