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Problems with New Ranger

Guys, I've been reading the forums for about 2 weeks and greatly appreciate the data and knowledge within the forum. This is my first Ranger, traded in my 02' Roush SuperCrew (new baby on the way). I've owned (own) several Fords and loved 'em all, but I'm a little disappointed (having trouble) with my 05' Ranger Edge. The first problem is extended cranking when attempting to start. It just doesn't start the first and sometimes the second time. I took it in a week after I purchased it and explained how I felt it was the fuel pump losing fuel pressure on the return side (no fuel pressure regulator), but (of-course) the dealer could not duplicate the problem. After living with this very irratating issue for 2 more weeks I feel it might be affecting my starter as well (making funny noises). Today after a nice dose of extended cranking, while in Park I attempted to Rev it a little and noticed a slight hiccup @ about 3000 rpm's. So out of curiousity I revved it again and found I couldn't rev past 3000 rpm's it was very much like hitting the limiter. When driving the truck it goes past 3000 rpm but, not in Park or Neutral. Is this normal?
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yes the ranger has a rev limiter in park at i believe 2800rpm(or close to that) You would need to get a programmer or a chip to take that out, same with the governor at 90mph

ohh also do you have any pics of your old truck... sounds freaking sweet!!!!

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Dumb question why trade in a Supercrew for an extended cab ranger if a baby is on the way? Unless its cause of payments, I can understand that.

Like Sean said you hit the rev governor that is in place in park and neutral so you don't go burning your tranny up. You can remove it with a chip or programmer.
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Thanks for the replies guys, any ideas on the extended cranking problem? Does a chip or programmer make a noticable difference in the driving experience (seat of the pants feel) and approximately how much rear wheel horsepower increase should I expect for $300.00 (worth it?). I had to trade in my Roush because we also have an '04 Expedition and the payments for both were a little extreme.
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Well if you add the programmer, you are gonna wanna do atleast intake and exhaust to help out too. With those mods, hmmm, I am not really sure how much you can expect. 25-35hp in all is my best guess.
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I would have that hard starting problem cured under warranty before making any modifications
IMO id id not sensible or warranted to rev an engine with no load beyond 3K anyway so I would not worry about that
going forward you can expect some performance gains from a chip
better method now days is to buy a tuner that plugs into the OBD port
this way you can reset to factory before warranty work and not break the seal on the trucks computer
a limiter that you might want to eliminate after that is the top speed which is set at 92
I would not suggest going over 100 MPH though
these drive shafts are not supported and suffer from bad lash problems at high speed
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I would not suggest going over 100 MPH though
these drive shafts are not supported and suffer from bad lash problems at high speed

who says? i noticed nothing unusual at 115mph and still acellerating, with my 32s
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it's just a fact
hope your luck holds out, that's a lot of speed
why not put a loop around it for safety?
it might go flying through the bed one day or worse into the cab
extended cabs are the worst, the shaft just is wobbling all around
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it's just a fact
hope your luck holds out, that's a lot of speed
why not put a loop around it for safety?
it might go flying through the bed one day or worse into the cab
extended cabs are the worst, the shaft just is wobbling all around
ah ill worry about that when the time comes.

its just for fun, every once and a while, but usually 100 is a regular accurance and that is on a county road? i would think if it was gonna break it would have by now? 47,000 miles and counting...
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you put 47,000 miles on it
I know it was not at 100 miles per hour
besides the shaft might not break, but it can cause problems
leaky seals at either end from the excess lash and whipping
you may not even feel it in the cab

and come on now, bumpy dirt roads at 100 MPH
we don't want to see you post about an accident MOD....
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and come on now, bumpy dirt roads at 100 MPH
we don't want to see you post about an accident MOD....

oh not on dirt roads im not that stupid it was gravel j/k it was a paved back road.
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my ranger has a starting issue and it likes to take a few cranks every once in a while before it starts. and every once in a while i will notice a really weird noise from the starter and like you when i took it to the dealer they found nothing wrong with it. so i have just learned to live with it.
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