Exhaust Valve Seat Issue on Ranger V6 3.0
I'm posting to see how many others have had the following issue with their V6 3.0 engine -- especially Ranger owners:
Error codes P0171 P0174
Smell of Gas At Startup
The diagnosis from the dealership will be the following:
Exhaust Valve Seats are worn creating a vacuum leak.
The bill from a Ford dealer to fix this issue is approximately $2600.
Here's the back story.
My Uncle, who's now in his eighties, has been a loyal Ford customer for many years -- is on his 2nd Ford Ranger. His latest truck is a 2006 Ford Ranger Sport V6 3.0 It was purchased new from a dealership mid 2006.
At 57000 the truck started having issues with a rough idle. After having the plugs changed, air filter replaced, MAF cleaned, we discovered from the dealership that it needed a $2600 valve job. Apparently the valve seats had been pounded in, creating a vacuum leak.
Keep in mind, this is a $2600.00 valve job for a vehicle that's well maintained, only has 65K miles on it, and had ALL it's regular upkeep (oil changes, scheduled maintenance, etc...) at the same Ford dealership.
After talking to about 10 mechanics, they all agreed that this is extreme, and any well maintained vehicle should not require a valve job at 65K miles.
Upon doing some research -- including on this forum, I discovered from Ford techs that this is a "Known Issue" at Ford with v6 3.0 engines -- to the point where TSB (Technical Service Bulletins) have been issued for previous models with this EXACT same issue.
When I went to the dealer, they were very forthcoming that this is a "known issue" and they themselves were also irritated with Ford about this. To their credit, the dealership offered to discount the price of the repair.
I contacted customer service and got the reply that "Ford will not be paying for any part of this service" because it was out of warranty -- Ford only offers very limited coverage to engine parts unless you purchase their extended warranty.
I was extremely frustrated by the curtness I was treated with by the Ford representative -- especially given we were clearly "loyal ford customers" -- this was not our first Ford -- and I was very cordial with them through the process.
My concern is, just as with my uncle, many other people have had this same issue and just paid the bill -- not realizing that Ford most likely knows there's a manufacturing problem and, I believe, should be covering repair costs -- as well as alerting their customers about the issue.
Not only is this a financial issue, it's also a potential health risk because it results in breathing in gas fumes and possibly an engine fire in extreme cases.
If you've had this issue, I encourage you to respond to this post. I know we're not the only ones that have had this issue. We may consider legal action with Ford.