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Old 06-26-2011, 06:59 PM
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If that doesn't work and you still have a check engine light and/or it runs bad, you might have to go to an autoparts store and have them check the code for you. Have you ever replaced the MAF or cleaned it?

thats an impressive amount of miles!! how much oil does it burn? I had an aerostar with the 3.0L vulcan motor; it was at 212,000 miles when i got rid of it and the only problem was it burned a quart of oil every 1,000 miles or so. I'm tired of buying stuff that was used; since I'm still in school its kinda my only option though. I can't wait to buy a new car so I know its been taken care of properly!
Not a drop of oil...no leaks either. I use Castrol High milage now
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:02 PM
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If it was running perfectly fine before, I doubt 238,000 fucking miles just all of sudden caught up with it coincidentally at the same time as changing the thermostat.
I agree.

Look to cause and effect.

BTW, I have 460,000 km (that's over 270,000 miles) original on the engine and tranny - these things last if you look after them.

In any case, the OP seems to be questioning a drivability problem which could appear in a lower mileage vehicle as well as a higher mileage one - hence the mileage and the problem are likely unrelated.

As well, the fact that the problem occurred right after the t stat change points to a likely place to start looking for answers.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:06 PM
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Well then, please do enlighten us. What mysteriously broke at the same time he changed the thermostat that happened simply because of his "238,000 Fucking Miles". Because mileage is a number, not a cause. So it might helpful if you provide some information that is relevant to his problem as opposed to a numeric value that isn't actually an issue.



Actually no I don't think that. See, not everyone throws things away just because they're old.
I agree. I've seen rangers with alot more mileage on them than this and they're still running like a champ. Hey Matt, I bet his MAF sensor is dirty. They tend to get extremely dirty really fast especially if he unplugged it and set off to the side somewhere while changing the the T-stat. It probably picked up a little dirt or grease of some kind when he layed it off to the side. I had to do that once and I had the same exact problem. I removed the MAF sensor and cleaned it. That sloved the problem I had.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:13 PM
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Yea I'd suspect the MAF or some weird computer stuff. Just be careful if you clean the MAF; its kinda delicate and expensive to replace.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:17 PM
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Yea I'd suspect the MAF or some weird computer stuff. Just be careful if you clean the MAF; its kinda delicate and expensive to replace.
Yeah. It took me over an hour to clean mine. The MAF is great in alot of different ways, but it does have its drawbacks to say the least. If it goes bad and needs to be replaced, bring the bank because your wallet will pretty much be executed on sight. If you do clean it you have to purchase a special cleaning solution because everyday soap and water won't quite work. It will clean it but it will pretty much render it useless. I used Carb and MAF cleaner. You can get it right off the shelf at any autoparts store you choose and it isn't very expensive either. Just use a delicate touch when cleaning the MAF. If you're too rough while cleaning it, then you'll be in a bad position money wise.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:21 PM
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http://www.fordrangerforum.com/engin...ow-sensor.html

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Old 06-26-2011, 07:24 PM
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Yeah. It took me over an hour to clean mine. The MAF is great in alot of different ways, but it does have its drawbacks to say the least. If it goes bad and needs to be replaced, bring the bank because your wallet will pretty much be executed on sight. If you do clean it you have to purchase a special cleaning solution because everyday soap and water won't quite work. It will clean it but it will pretty much render it useless. I used Carb and MAF cleaner. You can get it right off the shelf at any autoparts store you choose and it isn't very expensive either. Just use a delicate touch when cleaning the MAF. If you're too rough while cleaning it, then you'll be in a bad position money wise.
And it always bears repeating: Don't try to use anything to wipe or brush the filament clean. By the same token, don't use anything to wipe the filament dry. Be patient let the thing air dry - it's a filament, and very, very delicate (besides being quite expensive).
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:26 PM
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That's a great read right there man. Good old STL. That should be a sticky thread instead of being closed.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:30 PM
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Thanks...sounds like some good information. I will be working on it early this week. I'll post my results. Thanks again.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:34 PM
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And it always bears repeating: Don't try to use anything to wipe or brush the filament clean. By the same token, don't use anything to wipe the filament dry. Be patient let the thing air dry - it's a filament, and very, very delicate (besides being quite expensive).
Yep. That's why it took me over an hour to clean it. I also cleaned it inside the house here to keep it from picking up any unwanted elements while it was air drying. I live on an old dirt road so I had to take this extra precaution. There's a kid next door that thinks he's a race car driver and he goes up through here like a bat out of hell with its ass on fire. Every time he does dust flys everywhere for about 10 minutes. So I cleaned it inside the house.

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Thanks...sounds like some good information. I will be working on it early this week. I'll post my results. Thanks again.
No problem man, I'm glad we could help out.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:36 PM
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make sure your intake hose is allll the way around the throttle body. sounds stupid, i know, but its happened to myself and many others before. also look for tears and such in it. but other than that, hoses, connectors, and codes are all things you should check
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:46 PM
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make sure your intake hose is allll the way around the throttle body. sounds stupid, i know, but its happened to myself and many others before. also look for tears and such in it. but other than that, hoses, connectors, and codes are all things you should check
Yeah I did that myself. It's embarrassing more than anything else really.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:03 PM
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Well, here's where I stand so far....checked for any hoses that may have come lose..none. Checked to make sure the intake hose is on correctly, yep, it's on right. I picked up a can of MAF cleaner, followed the directions and cleaned thoroughly. Disconnected the battery while I cleaned the MAF....reconnected, re-installed MAF sensor and Whalla !! Nuttin, still runs bad. I now have an appointment for Thursday morning to have the scanner hooked up. Just have to wait til then....I'll post the finding. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:30 AM
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Ya know most autopart chain stores will read the codes for free anytime, just walk in and ask. No need to wait and make an appointment.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:52 AM
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Well, here's where I stand so far....checked for any hoses that may have come lose..none. Checked to make sure the intake hose is on correctly, yep, it's on right. I picked up a can of MAF cleaner, followed the directions and cleaned thoroughly. Disconnected the battery while I cleaned the MAF....reconnected, re-installed MAF sensor and Whalla !! Nuttin, still runs bad. I now have an appointment for Thursday morning to have the scanner hooked up. Just have to wait til then....I'll post the finding. Thanks for all the suggestions.
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Ya know most autopart chain stores will read the codes for free anytime, just walk in and ask. No need to wait and make an appointment.
what he said^^^^^^^

if you are bringing it in to have the codes read and they are going to charge you. you might as well buy a reader or scanner. I bought my Reader at Costcos for $20. you can get very good scanners now for $100

what t-stat did you use? did you put the bleeder at 12:00? any chance there is air in the system? I don't know about the 4.0 but on my 2.5 if I do not have the air out and the system full the 2 temps sensor will not be fully submerged in coolant and thus ineffective for the ecu and the temp gauge..
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