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Are these common "issues"

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Ok folks , I am curious about a few things ....

First , I am told that the leaf spring shackle mounts tend to disintegrate from rust , is this a common issue? My first ranger had this problem , it was hillarious , the bed was flopping around like a fish and sitting sideways , not a difficult repair but this is something I looked at when I got the next one .

Next..The same truck has some serious exhaust problems , it seems the cylinder head has eroded at the exhaust manifold so that both the head and manifold are shot ..is this a common issue with the 4.0 litres ?I was told by a mechanic that this is a known issue and there is no quick fix??

last (for today) , the oil pan has rusted through, it isn't really bad , just topping it up every other week keeps it full and it is more work than this beater is worth to replace it. I haven't heard a whole lot about this being common but my brothers F250 had this problem when it was only a couple years old .


Sorry about the noob questions , just trying to get up to speed on these trucks .

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You live in Michigan and you are surprised that things rust? Hmm..

The shackles are somewhat common in the rust belt, oil pan and exhaust problems not so much. Anything is going to rust like that up there if it's not taken care of and cleaned regularly.
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First , I am told that the leaf spring shackle mounts tend to disintegrate from rust , is this a common issue? My first ranger had this problem , it was hillarious , the bed was flopping around like a fish and sitting sideways , not a difficult repair but this is something I looked at when I got the next one .
yes is very common for trucks in the rust belt to have the shackle/hanger fail it isnt expansive to replace


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Next..The same truck has some serious exhaust problems , it seems the cylinder head has eroded at the exhaust manifold so that both the head and manifold are shot ..is this a common issue with the 4.0 litres ?I was told by a mechanic that this is a known issue and there is no quick fix??
No it isnt. head cracking/warping is common not corroding.


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last (for today) , the oil pan has rusted through, it isn't really bad , just topping it up every other week keeps it full and it is more work than this beater is worth to replace it. I haven't heard a whole lot about this being common but my brothers F250 had this problem when it was only a couple years old .

any steel oil pan in the rust belt has this issue doesnt matter the brand welcome to all the companies cutting back costs
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I am no stranger to the typical rust issues we experience here , but I see trucks from the '60's and 70's still running around with these mounts intact, this is the only truck I see doing this . I remember the older Ford full size trucks had issues with the cab mounts rotting , they looked like they were bent in half .

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Shackles and hangers are common. Mine are bad, but I'm replacing them within the next month with these SHACKLE AND HANGER KIT REAR FORD RANGER 1983-2007:eBay Motors (item 390129428897 end time Jan-08-10 13:04:58 PST) They work with any year ranger and its a super good deal.
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I am no stranger to the typical rust issues we experience here , but I see trucks from the '60's and 70's still running around with these mounts intact, this is the only truck I see doing this . I remember the older Ford full size trucks had issues with the cab mounts rotting , they looked like they were bent in half .

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those vehicles where build to better standards on thickness
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yes is very common for trucks in the rust belt to have the shackle/hanger fail it isnt expansive to replace




No it isnt. head cracking/warping is common not corroding.





any steel oil pan in the rust belt has this issue doesnt matter the brand welcome to all the companies cutting back costs
1. Speak English, I'm sure you meant expensive.

2. You are correct.

3. Never had a pan rust out on anything me or my family have owned,and we have lived in NWI for all our lives. It's all about cleaning and maintenance.

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Had the spring hangers and oil pan rust on my '93 4.0L. The hangers were toast, placed them for free with a set from a parts truck. The pan wasn't rusted through but I imagine it was getting close. Probably more common than a lot of people think in the rust belt, just not a lot of people pay much attention to their oil pan. LR
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OP, give us more info about your truck. how old it is depends on how much rust is allready there. if it's new. there should be very little or next to none. if it's old, i can see it having more rust.
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