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Old 02-22-2011
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bringing back the 04 ranger

Ok all. I have recently bought a 2004 ford ranger xlt 4x4 5spd manual, with basically no options other than A/C. I plan on doing a bunch of maintenance and a small amount of upgrades in the future. So I will use this thread to update my progress. Hopefully I will get some help from you all along the way!!

The truck has 161K miles. Everything works well, and the trans/engine run smooth and are dry as a bone underneath. Additionally, with two tanks of gas though it I have got 18.1 and 18.5 which is ok mpg considering some of the posts I have read on here.

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Not sure if that attached a picture or not. If not I would need some assistance with uploading pics.

Ok so so far here are the fixes and costs associated with them so far:

Truck with sales tax = 4740.
Basic tuneup parts (oil,filter, air filter, spark plugs) = 100
POR-15 rust preventor (going on frame when it gets a bit warmer out) = 95
4 KYB Shocks = 110
Tailgate cabels = 12
Hood adjustment bumpers = 20
Repair Manual (mainly purchased for the wiring diagrams) = 14
Trans Fluid/Diff Oil = 54
2" Ball = 9
Right Front Upper Control arm/ball joint = 148 (Got hosed a bit on the price here)
Replacement Drivers Seat = 100
Airbag bulb = 4
All total as of 22 FEB 11 I have 5408 into the truck.

My issues I am still having are:

1. I have the five beeps that repeat 5 times when you start the truck and every 30 or so minutes afterward ( for those of you familiar this is normally the airbag backup indicator). So I did some searching and found out that this beep happens when your indicator light bulb on your dash is out...well...mine worked so more searching...then realized that the bulb on the passenger airbag switch is not lit when in off possition. So I took apart that switch and soldered in a replacement 12V bulb. It lit up and BAM problem solved, well....for a couple days. Then once I replaced the drivers seat, I have the beep again. Any thoughts??? BTW / FYI that bulb solder fix is pretty easy and may be the fix to some of your airbag issues.

2. Clunking that seems to be coming from right front or right underneath me as I hit bumps. The front suspension is tight no play from ball joints, tie rod, and sway bar looks firmly in place as well as it's links. The clunking is annoying so I am really hoping to find the fix soon. I also checked the trans mount. It seems solid. Any thoughts here??? I know this is tough to try and diagnose over the internet, but I am hoping you all have a "oh yea it was ________ for me"

3. The paint is chipping bad....What the hell ford. And living in upstate NY, you cant have metal exposed with the salt and weather. It rusts immediatly. So may have to sand, prime and spray paint for now. The tailgate has the worst surface rust (may ditch it for a gator net or something equivalent)

4. At first the truck was hard to get into any gear. Did research...ok slave cyl. or air in system. Well force bled the system and have been good since. So hopefully this does not happen again. I looked through the inspection slot on the trans. It is dry in there, so I should be good.

All for now,

Dan
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The POR-15 was probably the best investment you made for your truck. I know what salt can do to a 2004 Ranger or any vehicle that's just 7 years old.
As far as the clunking that seems to be coming from right front or right underneath you as you hit bumps. That's probably your hub unit. I had one of those things go out recently and they're around $218a peice. I recommend paying someone $120 to do this unless you're a great mechanic and have a torque wrench that goes up to 162 ft. lbs.
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Ok an update:

The Airbag issue is due to my pretensioner in the drivers seat. I got the seat out of a JY and the pretensioner has been fired off already. Also, I was mistaken the the airbag bulb is out on my dash.

Also found out what was causing the clunking. Lower ball joint on drivers side. I was unable to see this last time because of where I jacked up the truck. I must not have had my smart water that day. In anycase new ball joint being installed and an alignment to follow.
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Ok an update:

The Airbag issue is due to my pretensioner in the drivers seat. I got the seat out of a JY and the pretensioner has been fired off already. Also, I was mistaken the the airbag bulb is out on my dash.

Also found out what was causing the clunking. Lower ball joint on drivers side. I was unable to see this last time because of where I jacked up the truck. I must not have had my smart water that day. In anycase new ball joint being installed and an alignment to follow.
I just got a new seat out of an 04' that the air bags didn't deploy in so the Pre tentioner should still be good. Let me know if you need one.
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Ok here is an update.

Front end is tight with the new ball joints. So that issue is fixed.

As for the airbag, I replaced the burned out bulb in the dash (It was burned out I thought it wasn't when I first looked). Also replaced the pretensioner. No more chime! No light! Good to go!

I ordered 4 new general grabber hts tires today (483 shipped) from tirerack. They get really good reviews for being a less expensive tire. So we will see how that goes.

Really all that is left is to work on the rust, and paint spots. Below is a picture of the pretensioner that came out. If you have never seen one that has been fired :

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