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Old 09-08-2010, 09:15 AM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
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Hi all,

I'm new to the world of Ford Ranger after inheriting a near perfect 1997 Florida born and raised Ranger from my Dad. After a new clutch and timing belt it runs great.

I do have two concerns, it "shakes" at 60 MPH and the gas tank leaks only when it's filled to the top - even then it only looses a pint or less or what gas flows up the filler tube as the pumps shuts off.

To address the shake I had the tires balanced - it improved but not completely. Next I'll look at the shocks, alignment and bearings unless someone here has another suggestion.

Regarding the gas leak, can anyone give me an idea where to start? I found this site while starting my research int these issue and hoped someone could help shorten my learning curve.

Thanks in advance,

Dan
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Old 09-08-2010, 10:18 AM
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PS. I should have added:
I have a 97 Ranger XLT with 117K miles, 2.3L engine, 5 speed with a BAC-flip bed cover. It has NO rust and a few dings but all trucks should if you use them correctly :-)

I live in Northeast Ohio where we get all the extremes of every season from 100 degree summer days to biting -40 degree winter nights.

This is my first Ranger I inherited from my Dad in August of this year.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:55 AM
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I found my fuel leak answer. hopefully this will help others. http://www.aboutautomobile.com/Compl...nger/Fuel+Tank
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:58 AM
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Welcome to FRF!

Glad you found the problem!
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:02 PM
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:19 PM
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Old 09-08-2010, 07:36 PM
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:54 AM
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Thank you everyone.
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:26 PM
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Hello Dan. I also had a shake or vibration at 60 MPH in my 1996 Ranger. Maybe it is something peculiar to Ohio Rangers. After I got the tire balance checked, I discovered the rear universal joint had some play. Once I replaced it, the vibration was gone. Maybe that is something you could check.

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:45 PM
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Welcome!
I also have the problem of gas overflowing before the pump shuts off.
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:47 AM
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Yes, you may be right. It looks like I'll have to give the entire truck the once over. I'm not sure what my Dad had done in recent years and it hasn't been driven regularly in some time. Thanks.
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:50 AM
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I also have the problem of gas overflowing before the pump shuts off.
This I know is the bad Filler tube hose near the tank connection - actually it's teh outside hose in the two hose configuration. I found one on Ebay for $35. I'm waiting for it to arrive now. I bought mine here. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/FORD-...item5adbc4a6f9

Hope that helps.
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:10 PM
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Wheel balance is the most obvious and common cause, which you already addressed. Anything that can develop some wear and play can cause the shakes. U-Joints, slip yokes, steering parts whatever they're called. Mine shakes at 77mph, which is pretty good because any faster than that gets the state police upset.
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:42 PM
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LOL Your troopers must use the same rule book.

Yes, I'll have to just check things over one at time, before the college football games start tomorrow or course.

Thanks for the input.
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