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Ford Ranger Camshaft Sensor Magnet May Damage Synchronizers

Ford Ranger Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Engines Affected: 3.0L V6, 4.0L V6

Average Mileage: 120,911 mi (78,000 mi - 220,000 mi)


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.

  • , , 4.0L V6, 86,555 mi

    Replaced Sync and Sensor. No more squeak, but now 'Check
    Engine Light' stays on. Never came on before.

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  • , , 4.0L V6, 92,000 mi

    Engine would crank, but wouldn't start. Intermittent condition for months. Engine ran ok if it did start. Replaced camshaft position sensor. No problems since!

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  • , , 4.0L V6, 220,000 mi

    Its not fixed yet. But having same cranking propblem of long time to crank. Also bulks on the roads

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  • , , 4.0L V6

    It will not pass smog due to the camshaft being out of adjustment

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  • , , 3.0L V6, 78,000 mi

    just started with problem 2 months ago was looking for problem found it when i read repports.

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  • , , 4.0L V6, 128,000 mi

    magnet in camshaft sensor came apart and ruined the shaft.

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