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Old 10-18-2015
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I am: Patrick Demmery
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Fairview,Pa.
Vehicle: 2002 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4x2
Engine: 2.3
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Hello all! A little bit of background. I sold my old 87 Jeep Cherokee,(AKA 87PDEM, Jeep forum), and switched to a 2002 Ranger with a dual overhead cammed 2.3 and 5 speed automatic. I love having a truck bed behind me and good gas mileage to boot! I hope to learn more about my ride and maybe be able to share some of my mechanical knowledge along the way.
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Old 10-19-2015
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I am: Ron Dean
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Vancouver, BC
Vehicle: 1994 Ford Ranger
Drive Type: 4x4
Engine: 4.0
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Good to have another "old fart" here :)

2.3l Duratec(Mazda L) engine has been pretty reliable in Rangers.
One sore point is that this engine was designed for front wheel drive cars, transverse mounting, so there is a cooling system hose/fitting on the back side of the engine.
When put in a Ranger this fitting is only accessible if you remove the transmission(or pull out the engine), so if you ever do need to pull out the trans(hopefully not) then it is a good idea to replace this fitting and hose just as preventive maintenance.

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Old 10-21-2015
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I am: Gerry
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: GA
Vehicle: 2003 Ranger
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Welcome to the club Patrick, good to hear how reliable your truck to you! How many miles on her clock?
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