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Old 09-19-2009, 06:35 AM
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Default P0171 Code

I have a 2002 ford ranger xlt its got 4.0L V6 and about 70,260 miles and I got a check engine light. It is pulling a P0171 code. Anyone else have experience with this
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Old 09-19-2009, 06:50 AM
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p0171 is a lean on bank one, most often caused by a vacuum leak somewhere. Go check all your hoses for crack/dry rot or leaks/holes. and also clean your MAF (mass air flow sensor)located on the air box

Reset your CEL by unplugging the battery just turn the headlight switch on for 10 seconds and that will clear it
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:00 AM
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thanks man ill try that out
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Old 09-24-2009, 11:20 AM
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Default took it to dealer

I ended up taking it to the dealer they called and said i had a vacuum leak and replaced crankcase hose
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:45 AM
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What would be the best way to check for vac leaks? I heard sprying brake fluid along the hoses might work.

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I think you can spray water with soap on them
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:30 AM
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I' ll try the soap method.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:01 AM
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Default My 2000 Ranger XLT 3.0L-V6, 5 speed

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p0171 is a lean on bank one, most often caused by a vacuum leak somewhere. Go check all your hoses for crack/dry rot or leaks/holes. and also clean your MAF (mass air flow sensor)located on the air box

Reset your CEL by unplugging the battery just turn the headlight switch on for 10 seconds and that will clear it
I too have a check engine light. I just had the engine removed at 100000 for oil pan gasket, RMS, and both Valve cover gaskets (it was leaking oil everywhere!). On the way home from the shop I gased up and then came the light! (I removed and re-installed the fuel cap 4X's). Your method of code clearing sounds promising, but, following the engine removal, my truck was sent by the mechanic to Ford because the PATS module forgot both key codes and then that theft module was diagnosed as bad (I have NO idea what happened to it) but original mechanic said it was b/c the battery disconnected (I didn't pay for any of this and I got a new truck as a loaner--but I was w/o my Ranger for 3 weeks or more).

My question is if I disconnect my battery, do you think I will have that theft module problem again? (I'm shell-shocked) If so, then maybe I need to let autozone plug in and read/reset the CE Light.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:30 PM
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I bought a codereader from Costco's for $29 it works great. The driving to Az was bothering me. On the other hand some of the auroparts place have better scanners that can tell you more info.
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