'95 Ranger either had 5-speed M5OD-R1 manual transmission or a 4-speed 4R55E automatic
M5OD rarely had problems, running them low on fluid was usual cause of failure.
4R55E was a good transmission but like all automatics when there is a problem, especially when out of town, you are looking at a rebuild so $1,500+ which can be prohibitive on 20 year old vehicles which have a low value.
The 4.0l OHV engine was used in Rangers from 1990 to 2000, these were very reliable engines, change the oil and drive them.
They do have a weak point in the head castings, between the valve seats, if the engine is over heated a head will crack there, no maybe, so simple solution is to not overheat them, lol.
If hose should break or coolant runs low from a leak.........STOP driving, pull over, DO NOT try to make it home or anywhere else.
Let it cool down then drive it a bit, let it cool down and then drive it a bit, to get home or ??
Heads are not cheap and neither is replacing head gaskets, so a broken $10 hose could end up costing you hundreds of dollars if you let engine over heat.
If it takes you 3 hours to get home and it saves you $600 you just made $200/hour, not bad
Last edited by RonD; 08-02-2015 at 01:30 PM.