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Replacement fuel pump for 2002 Ford Ranger Edge 4x4 3.0 V6 Flex Fuel

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Replacement fuel pump for 2002 Ford Ranger Edge 4x4 3.0 V6 Flex Fuel

Does anyone have a link to good, reliable fuel pump for a 2002 Ford Ranger Edge (69K miles, yes, that is all) 4x4 3.0L V6 Flex Fuel? If I buy one, will the dealer install? I don't have the knowledge or tools to install and everyday I regret this more and more. $900+ a LOT of $$ to me! Doing some research after the fact seems like 2002 was not one of the better years for Rangers.
 
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I think most people will tell you to stick with the OEM part when it comes to fuel pumps. Looks like the flex fuel part # is MOTORCRAFT PFS438. It's $366.89 on rockauto.com. If you can't install this yourself I would not take it to a dealer. Any fairly competent mechanic should be able to do the work much cheaper. The hardest part is that you need to take the bed off. Sometimes those bed bolts are so rusted that you need to buy new bolts. Before you do all that make sure you really do have a bad fuel pump. Check the fuses, replace the fuel filter, have a mechanic check the fuel pressure, etc.
 
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Yes, +1 on the Motorcraft fuel pump

And yes, call around, see what other shops will charge to install if they provide the Motorcraft fuel pump , and then ask price if YOU provide the Motorcraft fuel pump for them to install

If a shop does everything they will warranty the pump THEY supplied
If a shop just does the labor then they will not warranty the pump, of course
 
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beaterpc, thanks for the reply. not 100% sure it's a fuel pump and at $900+ for dealer install would like to rule out other things. checked fuses, relays and inertia switch. test light shows they are ok. fuel pressure is good when it is running. very weird problem. it will crank, start and run fine for days and then just out of the blue one morning it won't start, just cranks. this is the weirdest part, when i get so fed up that i call a tow truck to tow it to the dealers, it will start and the dealer wont be able to get it to fail. i can leave it at the dealers for days and they check it every morning and it will start. so i drive it back home, run it for several days and it will eventually quit starting again, maddening. i swear to god, i can't take much more of it. i am afraid to drive it out of town. maybe about 100 lbs. of tannerite will do the trick.
 
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When its working listen for the fuel pump when you turn on the key, it runs for 2 seconds only but does that every time you turn the key on
So repeat the on and off as much as you need until you KNOW what the fuel pump sounds like

Then.................next no start see if the fuel pump is coming on or not
 
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no, fuel pump is not coming on when no starting
 
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Then either the the computer is not activating it or pump is failing

The computer(PCM) grounds the Fuel Pump Relay in the engine fuse box for 2 seconds when it boots up
Fuse pump relay is just a standard automotive relay so you can swap it around with another relay

But, 2002 has a Fuel Pump reset LIGHT on the dash, looks like a gas pump with a line thru it, page 8 of owners manual

Download manuals here: https://www.ranger-forums.com/genera...1-models-3747/

Computer monitors voltage to fuel pump at the inertia switch, Fuel Cut off switch

If fuel pump relay wasn't working then Computer would turn on this light and set a code, so with key on the dash does a Bulb Test, see if the Fuel Pump reset LIGHT BULB is working

If computer was the problem then it would because it doesn't "think" fuel pump needs to be on, lol
But extreme long shot on that

Next no start you can tap on the gas tank or slam the door, that can get an electric motor(fuel pump) working again, if that works then yes pump is failing
If this is the case it will just stop working one day and won't come back on
 
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does the Motorcraft PFS438 fuel pump come with everything you need to install? i thought i read somewhere that some fuel pumps require you to buy a strainer sock and and something else.
 
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You can buy just the pump, or the whole assembly

Sock comes separate and only needs to be changed if old one is damaged, its just a screen filter it doesn't wear out

Retaining ring can be broken if removed incorrectly, and can be bought separately

In some older years the sock could rust out(poor choice of metal), and the metal retaining ring wouldn't come off so had to be cut off, plastic retaining rings usually come off fine
In the older years a "kit" often came with pump/assembly and sock and retaining ring because of this

2002 didn't have those issues
 
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thank you ron. hoping to get this resolved soon. found a good site for Ford fuel pump problems. lots of people had issues with inertia switch where vehicle would die while running. haven't had that problem (knocking on wood).

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