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Old 03-25-2018, 08:49 AM
foosmadman foosmadman is offline
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Default ford...hard to work on

I am just venting here. Ford Ranger pickups are hard to work on. I replaced my passenger window regulator, changed my engine, my upper rear door latch and cable, and have tried to disable my door chime and seat belt dinger. of all these, changing the engine was the easiest part.LOL I tried to silence my door chime. The GEM is blocked by an ac duct. there was an upper screw holding the duct in place that was blocked by the dashboard. I tried to pull my instrument cluster bezel to facillitate removing the steering columnn covers to get to the blue key in wire connector. one screw on that bezel is placed behind a major steel bracket where you cant get to it.....the rivets i had to drill out to replace the upper rear door latch and the window regulator have a stud in the middle of them so the drill bit wont stat centered,,,,,I have tried oil pan removal. I am a great mechanic. I read up online on oil pan removal, and it is a major bitch if it can be done. I could not get my original oil pan off of the first engine. gimme a break....
2000 XLT vulcan 3.0

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Old 03-25-2018, 04:42 PM
Undrstm8ed Undrstm8ed is offline
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Default Re: ford...hard to work on

All of that is assembled into the I/P and then the I/P is installed into the cab and plugged in. Access is likely near impossible by design. Good news it there's only 6 bolts on the side of the dash, drop the 4 - 15mm bolts for the steering column, and there is a host of bolts across the top near the windshield. I fought with Ford Engineers when I did prototype electrical back in 95' on the 98 Ranger/Explorer program.

The rivets are a pain in the ass, usually you can get a small center punch and knock those studs back and out and the drill bit works fine, otherwise, small angle grinder and zip them out. Larger Regulator rivets.. 4-5 knocks with a air chisel on an angle and done with it.

You should see whats involved in getting a head off of a 2000 Escort 2.0L...

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