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2003 Ford Ranger Repair and Maintenance Costs

A guide to repairs, service, and maintenance costs for your 2003 Ford Ranger

2003 Ford Ranger Problems

Engine Buck/Misfire at Freeway Speeds

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.

Hesitation when accelerating

Bogging, hesitation or stalling may be experienced during moderate to heavy acceleration. This can be caused by a failing of many sensors or modules in the fuel injection system. It is recommended to have an experienced shop perform diagnosis to find the root of the problem.

Hard to Start Cold, Stalling at Idle

If you experience cold starting problems, stalling at idle, or hesitations during acceleration, it may be the idle air bypass valve. This valve helps the vehicle idle steadily and run when the accelerator pedal is not pressed.

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2003 Ford Ranger Questions

Would 305/55R20 tires fir on 15x10 rims on a Ford Ranger? (2 answers)

It is going to be lifted 3¨

Changed the synchronizer shaft, but the noise is still there. any other reasons? (1 answer)

The noise was more evident as I accelerator it. I changed the synchronizer shaft, but the noise is still there.

check engine light PO172 (1 answer)

flex fuel ranger 3.0 this problem is intermitant, i can drive fifty miles with no problems, but if i drive (cold engine)say to the post office two minutes one way, coming back the check engine light will come on, i think its a fuel trim problem but not sure whats causing it.
So far i have replac...

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2003 Ford Ranger Reviews

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I HAVE ONLY 48,500 MILES ON MY 2003 RANGER XLT AND I HAVE HAD TO REPLACE CAD.CONVERTER AND NOW UPPER AND LOWER BALL JOINTS. I THINK FORD DID NOT HAVE A GOOD IDEA WITH THIS TRUCK. BALL JOINTS SHOULD LAST 100,000 MILES AND CAD. CONVERTER FOR EVER. I WILL DRIVE HER TILL SHE FALLS APART AND AFTER THAT I AM A CHEVY MAN
This truck has had a transmission leak at 22,000 miles and an oil leak now at 53,000 miles. The brakes are terrible especially the rear. They tend to lock up when cold and wet. I have the 3.0 6 cly and the gas milage is awful. This will be my first and last Ford truck.
For 3.0 engines replace the camshaft position sensor [Part Number: 6B288 (DU-81)] and camshaft camshaft synchronizer [Part Number: DA-2089] every 75K to 90K. This is basic preventative maintenance since these parts are known to go out at that range. If you neglect to do so it will destroy the engine when it fails.

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