Engine Buck/Misfire at Freeway Speeds on Ford Ranger

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 134,262 (11,300–271,000)
Engines affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6, 4.0L V6
15 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, more1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
99 people reported this problem
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engine would buck & stutter as you would try to accelerate. so far there has not been anyone able to find the problem for me.
merging onto freeway the truck has severe bucking when accelerating up to highway speeds. Then stops while cruising at steady speed. only happens under strong acceleration .(i.e. going up steep hill, merging onto highway )
cold start engine idles smooth. drive till warm ,shut off engine for about 5 min. restart,engine misses at idle. misses badly at 45 to 55 mph.smooths out at higher rpm.comes back in lower range of over drive.
so far i have replaced plugs snd plug wires,ran injector cleaner.
no codes or check engine light.fuel press. at 40 psi.
still misses.
once you hit around 45 to 50 mph, the truck will shift into overdrive and the rpms will drop from 2500 to 1800...then you feel the truck start to buck or jump or miss..
Engine misfire or bucking on acceleration. Net fixed yet.
Bucking, misfiring, check engine light flashing, mechanic checked and no codes appear.
My ranger does this bucking as we'll and sometimes at idle it runs very rough, no cel lights at all. I changed the wires plugs and fuel filter still runs terrible!
engine misses at 45 to50 mph
engine feels like it is holding back when in passing gear
when I start my truck it starts right up. and then it dies because it idles really ruff. its been stuttering and kicking every time I press the gas. sometimes when I try to start my truck I have to keep on turning it over intell it turns on and then I have to rev it up to like 4 to 4500 rpm. intell it sounds like its good and it idle fine intell I put it in drive and then it just dies again. I need this problem fixed quick. I already replace sparkplugs, idle control vavle.
Truck sputtering when accelerating
has a hard mis fire when getting up to the speed up to 70
misses at driving speed (2000 R.P.M.) only . Idle good.
truck bucks and cuts out when giving gas usually in 4th to overdrive. Also happened on a 2000 automatic at 200000 miles....
I have a 2000 ford ranger 3.0 flex fuel. The motor was just rebuilt. The engine runs rough. There are no CEL on. The motor misses while accelirateing but smooths out until it kicks into over drive and then it misses until I let off the gas. I did not replace the synchrozier but I did replace the cam position sensor. It has new plugs and wires on it.
Manual trans. Go 65-70 then all of a sudden bogs down to 45-50 and I need to go into 4th gear to accelerate.
have not had problem repaired yet. just looking at the cause. will check for repairs soon.
Engine Buck/Misfire at Freeway Speeds
Engine would buck, jerk spit and sputter when accelerating hard. Sometimes at random times at 2000 rpms or so. Spend over $3000 trying to fix it...
Engine bucks misfires sputters and dies on takeoff
Buck and jerks at 80 mph.