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Old 03-06-2006
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Emergency...HELP!!!

Didn't have time to search the threads, so please bare with me. My truck sat for a week while I was on vacation. I got in today and drove it to work (about 15 miles) with no problem. On the way home it was hesitating very badly. The check engine light came on when I was around 1 mile from my house. This isn't that odd because ever since my MAF sensor took a hit while wheeling this happens....occasionally. Now, I cleared the check engine light the usual way (disconnect the battery and give it a chance to clear) the truck runs fine, but now I have no gear above 1st. I can manually shift it into 2nd but that's it. No 3rd, 4th, or 5th. I've tried all that I know and am begging for help. This is my daily driver and I have work in the morning. HELP PLEASE!!!!
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my buddys 2003 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 is doing the same thing but no check engin light i gotta follow him to the shop tommorow
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That's NOT something I want to hear about 03 XLTs !!!!!!!!!
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Sounds like the TPS is bad...
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Saddly, I don't know if the tranny's on our rangers use vacum, but I had the same problems on an old car when the busted a rubber vacum line. Something to check, sorry I can't be of more help.
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Sounds like the TPS is bad...
A very real possibility. The transmission uses TP and vehicle speed as the primary inputs to the transmission shift point calculation. If the speedometer is still working, the TPS might just be the problem.

Or it may be that the MAF has finally given up completely.

The only way to narrow it down and reduce the guesswork is to get the codes pulled.
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Getting the codes scanned tomorrow....I hope that will solve the problem, and if it does I'll post what I find out to help all you 03 boys out.
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Sounds like the TPS is bad...
what is tps?
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Throttle Position Sensor
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Sounds like the TPS is bad...
We checked his truck tonight with the computer and it is saying a bad TPS. The local dealership and the parts place didn't have any TPS's for a 03 Ranger.

So all you guys with 03's watch out for the signs. The Ford dealership said they had one earlier in the day but Sold it.
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Should be getting the parts either today or Friday, whenever the money for them comes through. It's only two screws for the TPS, so if my camera agrees with me I'll make a little How-To for the fellas. The TPS itself is ~$55.00. Don't get ripped off, if you have a 6mm socket to remove the throttle body cover and a phillips screw driver anybody can change out the TPS. Clearing the code from the computer may be the only thing you would need a mechanic for.
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glad it was not too expensive - any chance for warranty coverage?
once it is installed and you reset the computer (because you already disconnected the ground when working on this part) won't the code clear out on it's own?
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glad it was not too expensive - any chance for warranty coverage?
once it is installed and you reset the computer (because you already disconnected the ground when working on this part) won't the code clear out on it's own?
The code should clear out on its own.

I think Jeff is over his warranty period..
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