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Old 01-09-2019
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What's Up Guys!

Hey everyone! Name's Brent. North Carolinian here.

Just purchased a '10 Ranger 4x2 with 45k miles. 2.3 motor, just wanted to know ahead of time if there are any common problems or occurrences around the 50k mile mark that I should look out for?

The windows are jumpy on the way down, but from reading amongst the forums I figured to pack the little plastic teeth motor full of JB Weld and that apparently fixes the problem. Also just learned the Duratec motor has hoses on the backside, which make it a pain to get to as it is mounted in the Ranger.

Thanks in advance for any tips/advice!
Excited on my new purchase!
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The 2010 should have 4 wheel disc brakes, and 4wheel ABS, both good features

2.3l Duratec is a Mazda L engine, rebranded by Ford as "Duratec"
It was designed for transverse mounting in FWD cars so yes it has coolant hoses on the back of the engine, which would be on the "side" in transverse mounting, but on the "back" in Ranger setup so yes a pain to get at if there is a leak.

You have an HEC(hybrid electronic cluster) dash board(2004 and up Rangers), which can be put in Test Mode which is a neat feature
Google: Ford HEC test mode

You have Transponder embedded keys, PATS(passive anti-theft system)
This means you can't start the engine unless the Computer recognizes the Key code when key is turned on
Each key that came with the new truck has a unique number and that number was stored in computers memory at the factory
So when key is turn on that number is "read" and then computer compares it to numbers in memory, if there is a match then engine will start, if no match the "Lock/Theft" light on dash will flash rapidly and engine will not start.

Ford and most Locksmiths can add new keys using laptop connected to system
If you have TWO working PATS keys you can have a new PATS key cut to match the lock and then add it yourself to the system, to have a spare 3rd key
If you only have 1 key then you can't
Because of this system you should ALWAYS have a working spare PATS key or you will be stranded, a Mobile Locksmith can come to truck's location and cut and program a new PATS key, but it isn't cheap
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