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Old 07-25-2012
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Yeah theres no reason only one cross member would be toast and not the rest of the frame. Go get a second opinion from a different shop.
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Old 07-21-2014
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Fram rust

I just filed an odi hope this helps and more people take the time to do it
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Old 07-30-2014
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2001 Ranger Edge

My frame is all rotted out . Just about 90k miles. It started with the gas filler pipe to tank, then the middle gas tank bracket, and a rear shock mount, and now most of the muffler brackets are gone. Body shops cant do anything because the rot is so bad, they are not able to make any welds or rig any fixes as there is not enough "good" frame to connect anything to. I think Ford knows very well what is going on?
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Old 07-30-2014
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living near the ocean in a northern state will cause rust/rot to attack every vehicle without mercy.

I'm not saying you don't take care of your truck and I'm just asking a question, but how often does the underside get thoroughly washed?

I don't live near the ocean but I do live in the same state and my has absolutely no rust/rot on it aside some rust on the shackles and hangers.

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Old 08-11-2014
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I have a 98 Ranger XL and just recently got it from a friend because they didnt need it anymore. Its my DD and runs perfect, I noticed under neath the frame is rusted out. looks pretty bad. so doesnt seem like it was taken care of. pressure washed by any sort.

I could do a complaint like you state, but I dont see i have a right to since it never was my fault. however I am replacing the bed in two weeks and could maybe work on grinding down the rust it has, hoping it stopped at one point.

anyone know a good way to remove rust and add under coating spray or anything that works the best to prevent more rust in the future?
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Old 07-25-2015
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Originally Posted by leadfoot View Post
My rear shackles and spring hangars are almost gone. I paint the frame with rust converter every year. The shock mounts area seems to be the most vulnerable to cracks... Otherwise my truck is in great condition, the rusty frame is going to be what kills it. I do not have the time, tools or money to do a frame off restoration. I wish people would forget about salt and learn to drive.

What ever I buy next though will be thoroughly rust proofed and have one of those electronic rust prevention devices.
I had to replace both of my spring shackles on my 2001 Ford Ranger. They rusted away and broke
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Old 11-02-2015
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My experience

I see this is a very old thread but as a new member drawn here by searching rusted rangers i'll tell my experience. I currently have a 94 ranger 4x4 extended cab. 250k Generally driven in the winters of Ohio. Youngstown up until 2005 when I moved to Columbus. I replaced the rear shackles back in 2006. They just rusted away. The fronts looked ok at the time. The front drivers side shackle just gave out. The passengers side was still holding out but didn't have much time left. So I pulled the bed off and I'm in the process of replacing the front leaf spring hangers. Front and rear shock, exhaust from the cat back. And the fuel tank straps. All new bed mounting hardware since the 4 bolts at the rear did come out but are not looking that good. The two forward bolts just snapped off. I have a good amount of surface rust on the frame but it's just that surface. I have cleaned most of It off and the frame itself is still solid. The only part that worries me is the section at the back of the frame that supports the spare. Its not looking too good. And after reading the other post about the spare falling off I think I'm going to put the spare in the bed until I can get that replaced or fabricate a replacement and fix it myself. The areas on my truck that have rusted badly are the fuel tank straps, the leaf spring hangers, The fuel tank skid guard is going to need to be replace and the spare tire support. But this is a 22yr old truck. I do find it interesting though that the rear leaf spring hangers that were bought from ford and installed 10yrs ago are not really showing any rust. Where the factory installed hangers rusted out in about the same amount of time under about the same driving conditions. Do I think Ford is liable? no. But it's pretty clear to me that they skimped in some areas. Call it saving money. Whatever. But there are parts that are not as sturdy and resistant to rust as others. Otherwise they wouldn't be rusting out as quickly. All the parts on my ranger have been submitted to the same conditions. And it's not really fair to compare trucks from the south with northern trucks. Cars and trucks subjected to the salt and snow are going to experience a higher tendency to rust. So there you have it. First post.
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Old 11-06-2015
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Similar situation. I'm about to pull the bed off to replace both rear shackle mounts. 2003, underside washed after every snow. These things are literally flaking apart.
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Old 06-29-2017
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Ranger frame rusted through

I have a 98 Ranger and the frame is so rusted that it's about to break in half right underneath the cab and bed joins. It cannot be because of where I live and the weather conditions. Or salted roads that eat up the bodies on all vehicles. I've owned it now for 1&1/2 to 2yrs. The original owner is from central Florida. Not just the frame but also the bottom of the bed is rusted thru. I don't want to get rid of it bc #1- I can't afford another vehicle. #2- it has a great running motor, 2.5 and 5spd trans that was put in after I bought it. #3- my son wants it for when he turns 16yrs and take auto shop on high school.
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Old 06-29-2017
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Those that live in the rust belt or near the ocean, it is imperative to maintain a high level of rust protection. I oil my frame and underbody, inside the sheetmetal with bar & chain oil twice a year. Vermont not only uses a high lever of road salt per mile but also uses a nasty product called salt brine, an enhanced rust producing monster that devours anything made of metal.

Here is a pic of my frame after 12 winters in this hell hole of a state. As you can see, maintenance works. Left untreated, my perfectly good running truck would have been toast by now.

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Old 06-29-2017
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my 96 explorer frame looks immaculate compared to my recently purchased 99 ranger frame, and I didnt do any real maintenance.

right now I have the bed off the ranger and im cleaning the loose rust off it to por15 it before it gets worse. it has no holes yet, but the evap mount is not great and the gas filler had a hole in it and the rear shackle mounts and shackles were shot

now my explorer did rust through the shackles and the rockers and the rear fenders, but that's been it so far, the frame is great
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Old 06-29-2017
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I wish I never found this post.

Ranger frames made by toyota??

Makes me want to puke!!
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Old 07-15-2017
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Does this mean we can recall guns and knifes for murdering people?
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Old 10-31-2017
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my '02 Ranger lives in southern Ontario where road salt is used. Body looks great but when the springs started to come through the box, I knew I had a problem. Both sides the frame brackets and the hangars were rusted right off. The frame looks a right rusty mess. Did my best to rustproof everything under there.
Dealer says, Oh Ya all those Rangers have that problem, but its out of warranty. Was able to replace them with no problem. Just google removing the bed on a Ranger. I tipped mine over the side with two large planks.
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Old 11-01-2017
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Rear Spring Hangers ALWAYS rust out !
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