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Old Arkie just trying to keep it between the lines

Hello, have a 2002 XLT w/ 5sp, 2.3L and 395,000 miles. Starting to have some issues and want to learn.
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Welcome to the forum.

2002 2.3l Ranger will be the Mazda L engine, 23NS, DOHC 2.3l, Ford calls it the Duratec 2.3l.

I mention this because Rangers had the SOHC 2.3l Lima engine until mid-2001, totally different engine, nothing in common with 2.3l duratec.

Mazda L engine was designed for use in Front wheel drive cars, so transverse mounting.
When used in a Ranger that put an important coolant connection at the rear of the engine, making it impossible to get at with transmission in place.
So if/when you do the clutch, it is a good idea to replace this connection just on spec.
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