OK I took my old starter into auto zone yesterday... they looked it up and brought me a box, when I opened it, it was a different type (2 bolt) than the one I had (3 bolt) They ended up giving me a 2002 starter, which fit and worked great.
My question is now, since 2001 / 2002 appears to be a transition year for Rangers what other things may be different? also... how do I tell what year the transmission is? I would assume 2002, but does that mean I may have a 2002 engine in a 2001 truck? My vin number indicates its a 2001
White 2001 Ford Ranger Edge - step side- ext cab - 3.0 V-6 2-WD 88k
I have determined that most mechanical / electrical challanges are directly connected to the nut that connects the steering wheel to the drivers seat.