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Old 12-23-2009, 10:33 AM
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Default Warm up time for a 4.0L

My Ranger seems to take forever to warm up. It eventually does and it registers on the temp gauge but it takes easily twice as long as any of my other vehicles.

For example, it takes about 15 minutes to get to work. In any other vehicle I have to turn the heat down about half way there but my Ranger's just getting cozy by the time I get to work.

Is this just the nature of the beast or does it sound like a sticky thermostat?
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:47 AM
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Sounds like your thermostat is sticking open. Replace and be warm.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:22 AM
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My truck, not a 4.0, has always taken a while to warm up in the winter. When the temps are in the -'s sometimes it never gets fully warm when running the heater, and this has been since new. What I find helps, is not running the heater at all until you see movement on the temp gauge, since running the heater is like another radiator keeping it from warming up.
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:06 PM
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I've never had a Ranger not warm up regardless of how cold it was outside, with our without the heater blowing at full blast. Within 5-8 minutes, it can be like the surface of the sun.
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Old 12-23-2009, 01:07 PM
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My 94 with 4.0 would blast within minutes but my 93 with 2.3l can't get up to temp even in the dead of August in SC.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:05 PM
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^^^maybe it's because our cooling systems are way too big for the motor?
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:15 PM
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I always just thought it was a Ford thing. My 93 warms up in a decent amount of time, but not as quick as other vehicles I've had. Tolerable though.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:45 PM
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Mine warms up pretty quick. If we're talking about sitting at idle, any car is going to take a long time. But if everything is functioning normally, it should only take a few minutes while driving.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:55 PM
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It has nothing to do with the thermostat, or the actual truck mechanics. Your problem lies with the bull bar on the front. It acts as a heat barrier, restricting the front of the truck. There is a simple solution unbolt said restriction, place in box, call me for delivery address. If problem persists then try the thermostat.
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It has nothing to do with the thermostat, or the actual truck mechanics. Your problem lies with the bull bar on the front. It acts as a heat barrier, restricting the front of the truck. There is a simple solution unbolt said restriction, place in box, call me for delivery address. If problem persists then try the thermostat.
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After the first 3 sentences, I was about to reply with "YOU'RE INSANE".
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:01 PM
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It has nothing to do with the thermostat, or the actual truck mechanics. Your problem lies with the bull bar on the front. It acts as a heat barrier, restricting the front of the truck. There is a simple solution unbolt said restriction, place in box, call me for delivery address. If problem persists then try the thermostat.
Now that's thinking outside the box!
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:04 PM
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Just an experience I had years ago with a 2.3 that wouldn't warm up, especially in the winter. My dad bought it new, it had 20000 on it when I got it, and had the above problem.
Thought the thermostat might have been stuck open so went to replace it, found that the original had been put in backwards at the factory. Turned it around, and had heat in short order after that, and the mpg went up a couple miles to the gallon.

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Old 12-24-2009, 12:13 PM
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^^ An engine that isn't reaching the proper operating temperature is going to kill your mileage as well. So it would be wise to remedy this problem for reasons beyond shivering.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:18 AM
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Just a reminder, these guys don't know jack! Follow my instructions concerning the bar and you'll be just fine!
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:41 PM
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^^Guy's a crackup! haha.




fwiw, mine takes a while to warm up as well. Always has. Now with a new engine with all new coolant, new thermostat, etc, still takes about 10 minutes of driving or idling to finally get some heat in the cab. Little sidenote: looooove my little toy called a "scangaugeII". No stupid approximation needle, straight up numbers showing the actual temp. Might look into a neat gizmo like that just for the hell of it.
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