Outside looks straight, little rust, it spreads fast so get some Navel Jelly on that to stop it.
1995 was the first year Rangers got the new Ford Computers, the EEC-V, they are suppose to be OBD II compliant but many readers can't "talk" with them to get codes.
AXLE code 84 means 7.5" open differential with 3.45 ratio
3.45 was popular with 4cyl Rangers, made them get much better MPG at highway speeds, and MPG was why original buyer got the 4cyl engine and not a V6
But it really lowered acceleration from a stop, also bad for pulling any size trailer or heavy load in the bed.
Trans code M means it has a Mazda M50D-R1 5-speed, a good strong transmission.
Lima 2.3l engine was a very reliable engine, first used in the 1974 Ford Pinto, so it is often called "the Pinto engine", lol, it was used until 1997 then stroked to a 2.5l and used until 2001, it was then replaced by the 2.3l Duratec engine, a completely different design.
Your 1995 2.3l will have a compression ratio of 9.4:1 which means it can be prone to pinging/knocking on regular gas, you have to listen/watch for that, you can damage pistons and valves if it continues, causes can be failing EGR system, Lean fuel mix or carbon build up, last two can be prevented by using Seafoam or similar fuel system cleaner once a year in the gas tank, for $8 it is a good preventative measure.
Last edited by RonD; 04-11-2015 at 11:29 AM.