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Old 02-23-2011, 04:58 AM
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Default 3.0 truck lost power

I have a 2000 Ranger 4x4 with a 3.0L manual and about a month ago it seem like it lost about half the HP it still starts the same engine seems like it runs fine but I've got no power at all I can't drive in 5th gear unless i'm down hill. Any ideas what mite be going on with my truck?
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:35 PM
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I have a 2000 Ranger 4x4 with a 3.0L manual and about a month ago it seem like it lost about half the HP it still starts the same engine seems like it runs fine but I've got no power at all I can't drive in 5th gear unless i'm down hill. Any ideas what mite be going on with my truck?
Well if i were in your situation i would start with the very basics. Assuming that you have not done so yet.

Check air filter and replace if necessary (sometimes this makes a difference if its really dirty)

Clean your M.A.F (for your year truck this could really be beneficial as this is what dictates how your fuel to air ratio is and can really bog your engine down if its dirty and most likely is.)

Change your fuel filter (dont know how old it is but if its old enough could prevent a proper flow from getting to your engine)

Change your Spark Plugs for new ones (motorcraft preferred)

Change your oil while your at it if its old. And if you want..you can do a motor oil flush to clean out any gunk that may have formed in your engine.

SEAFOAM!!!! THIS SHIT IS MAGIC!!!! Grab a bottle for 10 bucks and open up the vacuum like from your brake booster and poor that in. Let it get into your engine and eat away at 11 years worth of carbon build up....If you dont know anything about just let me know and i will do a complete write up for you. Its super easy and really does alot for your engine.

All that i have mentioned to this point is very basic maintenance kind of stuff that i would suggest to any one for there car. Very beneficial and can really help get that power back that your missing.

Look through it all and decide what you want to do your self or what ever. If you see that you are getting no where in the end after doing all this dont feel bad about it. At least you did things that had to be done anyway. Let me know whats up.

OH! AND ONE LAST THING!!! If all fails. Your problem could be in the catalytic converter being clogged up. I had a 95 bronco and it had bad loss of power. I did alot of the things mentioned above and it helped it somewhat but still nothing. I then found out the cat was clogged and replaced it and now the engine runs like new.

Well sorry for writing so much i just really get into it lol. Let me know whats up dude.

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Ya...Now that i think about it...If your saying that the problem just came out of no where last month it could just be your Catalytic converter that broke at some point.

You can take it to a muffler shop and have them check it or if you want check it your self by getting under the car and banging them with the palm of your hand. Listen and see if you hear like loose rocks. If so then that's your problem.

Once again. Sorry for writing so much. lol.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:30 PM
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^x2 on on what he said he hit all the basics and normally the basics will not kill u on cost any.

when u do plugs u might as well do wires to usually do those at the same time
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:42 PM
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^x2 on on what he said he hit all the basics and normally the basics will not kill u on cost any.

when u do plugs u might as well do wires to usually do those at the same time
Thank you GhostZ

I second the wires. Some advice. Buy yours at auto-zone. I bought mine there and they come with limited life time Warranty. Basically Every time i change my plugs i can return the wires and get brand new ones under the warranty plan.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:46 PM
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Seafoam before you change the plugs though.
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:46 PM
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Default Re: 3.0 truck lost power

hey thanks for the advice going to start at it this weekend. I'll write if i discover the problem
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:10 PM
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A good seafoam write up: http://www.rangerpowersports.com/for...ow-202483.html
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:45 PM
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Seafoam before you change the plugs though.
for the love of god yes lol.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:48 AM
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hey i got the same truck but auto with the same problem or had at least.


1. check your DPFE sensor

2. if like mine you may have a bad catalytic converter. test this easily. take the hoses off your DPFE sensor with a cool engine the get some pliers and have some one keep your truck at 2000rpms. you should be able to feel the air pushing out fro a t least 3' if not you have a bad catt.

3. if it is you catt you can do a quick temp fix buy cutting your pipe some where in front of the catt just not all the way. more noise but your power will come back.

im going to be doing a straight pipe so cutting it was not a big deal for me.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:51 AM
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So I Tired the Seafoam last night still seems low on power I'm thinking it may be exhaust or sensor. If i step on the gas it almost feels hesitant to rev up to higher RPM's. Does this makes sense?
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:11 PM
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So I Tired the Seafoam last night still seems low on power I'm thinking it may be exhaust or sensor. If i step on the gas it almost feels hesitant to rev up to higher RPM's. Does this makes sense?
yup sounds just like what i had happen. dont kn if its something you want to do but i took out the hole exhaust and ran straight pipes and now she runs great and sounds like a little beast.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:16 PM
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So I Tired the Seafoam last night still seems low on power I'm thinking it may be exhaust or sensor. If i step on the gas it almost feels hesitant to rev up to higher RPM's. Does this makes sense?
Ok. Next thing i would do is check the catalytic converter and vaccume lines for leaks.
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Old 09-27-2015, 11:55 AM
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Question Re: 3.0 truck lost power

Old thread but seems to be inline with what I'm lookin at.....

It's a 98 Ranger XLT 3.0L, auto........

Small DPFE hose was hard & the large one was hard & blown away in the middle. Replace them with new ones, runs sluggish with no get up n go, and when you floor board it, it blows the large DPFE hose off at both ends.

Anybody know where to get a test pipe to put in place of the cat crap, as the flange on it is a bastard size?

THANKS!
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:51 PM
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Do you not have a V8 Ranger ?
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:19 PM
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Do you not have a V8 Ranger ?
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Yes in my 94......this is one I'm lookin to buy
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