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On line service manual?

Is anyone aware of an on line service manual for a 3rd gen Ranger. I am about to start working on making the 96 Splash that has been sitting in my driveway for about a year and in the way of my garage. I have decided to make it into my work vehicle.
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Not that I know of. What do you need one for? Maybe I can find the information that you need.
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Do you have any friends that are ford techs? They might be able to give you their log in for the Ford Tech Network.
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Our county library has a database called AllData. Its basically a service manual for every vehicle. The only problem is that you have to be in the library to use it.

Also at school we had a database called 'Auto Repair Reference Center' its part of the EBSCO databases. Between the 2 of them you can find everything that you need. Check if your county or school librarys have either of those resources available.
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Not that I know of. What do you need one for? Maybe I can find the information that you need.
Just about to start the ranger project. Which is resurrect the 96 splash that my son abandoned in my driveway a year or so ago. It looks bad from some abuse, but all in all, it is repairable. It drives nice despite the 4 ball joints that need to be replaced. Needs a new windshield, The holders for headlights are broken, so is the grill from a minor front collision and the oil pan is a bit rusty and now leaks. Very rusted tailgate and some bent front bumper mounts but that is about it. Always starts with a boost, runs smooth. Has the bullet proof 3 litre V6 and a 5 speed manual. Working A/C, the start of a nice sound system, a few dents (easily pulled), a matching cap, winter and summer rims, and very little rust elsewhere. I have 3 possible budgets in mind. $1000 makes it driveable, $2000 makes it into a nice little truck. $3000 buys a parts vehicle as well with enough parts to keep this running for the rest of its useful life. So I think it is worth the investment rather than getting $50 for it at the wreckers.

So the manual was just for what ever I might encounter with this project. The Hayes service manual is about $25 around here. Not sure if it is worth it. I have always preferred the manufactures service manual.
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I suggest picking up the Haynes Manual for Rangers. We have a copy at my house that is great for fixing and general troubleshooting. Good luck with the project.
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The Haynes or a Chilton is always a good bet. But as for online service, Autozone has a suprising look one that is free. You have to register for their site, but they have alot of repair information as well as exploded diagrams.
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I picked up a Ford Ranger Tech CD off eBay a few years back. Pretty awesome. It's a similar program as to what you'd find in a Ford dealership repair bay computer.
It's a good tool to have in combination with a Haynes manual.
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