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Old 12-17-2005
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I am: Jeremiah King
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fuel filter problem

I've had this 2003 Ranger for about a month and I love it. However, there are a couple of problems the previous owner didn't check out. Let's see if you all can figure this out... When in the first two gears at low RPM, it bucks a little but that may be my crappy shifting after a long days work. But when you get into 3rd through 5th, it feels like it bogs down and has a small hesitation that is irritating as crap. I don't know if it's the manifold on my side and I just hear everything different, or if I'm possibly not getting enough fuel to the engine. Don't know if the fuel filter's ever been changed. Oh, it hesitates when I give it more gas pedal than when I'm just lightly on the pedal. It has new plugs, and wires look new. Sometimes it bogs down more when I give it more gas than a light acceleration. Funny thing is, I get 27 in city and 27 on highway, so I don't exactly have much to complain about... Anyway, any suggestions will be helpful.Thanks
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Old 12-17-2005
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It could be the fuel filter, but it could also be that the intake tube is off somewhere or have a small crack or hole in it.... It also could have something in the maf, or i could just be that its a 4cyl... haha j/k check out those couple of things first
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Old 12-28-2005
I am: R.J. Smith
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How many miles? The fuel filter should not affect performance yet on a 2003 unless you have very high miles or it has seen some pretty poor fuel. I would check it for any error codes. a-lot of local parts retailers will do this for free.
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