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Old 01-13-2014
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2002 Ranger 3.0 #1 ex lifter

Do I have to remove the head to get this lifter out?....looks like it might squeeze up thru but then again, looks mighty close...hate to go thru all the work of removing the head if it's not necessary....thanx
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No you don't need to pull the head but do need to pull the upper and lower intake manifolds.

Replace Lifter

Also as a heads up the 2002-2006 3.0ls had issues with exhaust valve seats, they would come loose preventing the valve from closing, causing valve train noise and misfiring that could come and go.
Loose rocker arm could be that and not the lifter.
Check height of other closed exhaust valves.

I doubt it will fit but get a new lifter and try it in the hole with pushrod removed.
I have a "magnet on a stick" that I use to retrieve nuts and bolts, it would hold the weight of a lifter with no problem.
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