Ford Ranger 2013 Problems

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What is causing my 2013 Ford Ranger to shudder when it downshifts?

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Aug 2021

There have been plenty of complaints over this transmission, and a lot of them have been traced back to the valve body separator plate which, from the sound of things, has been replaced on your vehicle. However, was it replaced with a new part or a second-hand one sourced from another vehicle? Was the work done by a Ford dealership or a transmission specialist or a general workshop?

It’s not so likely to be the wiring that’s at fault. Wiring tends to either conduct electricity or it doesn’t. But that doesn’t mean the computer that controls the transmission wasn’t damaged when the loom was burned. Fundamentally, the symptoms you’re experiencing could be from any (or all of) the causes you’ve suggested. Valve bodies, torque converters, electronic control units and gearbox internals all have to be working in perfect harmony in a modern automatic transmission. One little problem with any of those systems can cause all sorts of shifting problems. I’d take the vehicle to a transmission specialist who will be able to – hopefully – diagnose the exact cause of the harsh downshifts and do something about it.

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Ford Ranger 2013: Clutch upgrade

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Dec 2018

Is the clutch you fitted a dual-mass one, if it is I would suggest you fit a solid clutch. Before doing that I would suggest you call Clutch Industries (1300 369 787) and ask for their advice.

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How many kms on a 2013 Ford Ranger?

Answered by CarsGuide 21 Sep 2018

At 170,000 km there is plenty of life left in it, but it is higher than average for a 2013 model, and the price is on the high side.


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Does the 2013 Ford Ranger dual-cab have bearing problems?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Mar 2018

The 3.2-litre turbo-diesel engine in the Ranger is known for its propensity to self-destruct. It can even happen at low kilometres.

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Transmission problems with Ranger

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Apr 2015

Ford Australia customer service chief Stephen Kruk tells me the transmission has been repaired under warranty. A loan car was supplied while the vehicle was off the road.

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Driver's seat on 2013 Ford Ranger

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Dec 2014

Good news from Stephen Kruk, general manager of Ford Australia's customer service division, who says: "We will have a service fix released before the year's end." I've been agitating and yours will be one of the first Rangers to get the fix.

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2013 Ford Ranger rattle

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Jan 2014

It's likely to be a fuelling issue, so check the fuel pump and injectors. Common-rail diesels often have issues with the injectors as they wear. To get a better reading on it I would suggest taking it to an experienced diesel mechanic.

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Ford Ranger PX 4WD ute excessive sealant

Answered by CarsGuide 20 Dec 2013

Excess sealant suggests sloppy workmanship. You might like to mention it to your dealer and suggest they disassemble the diff and put it back together without excessive sealant that could cause issues down the track, or you could let it go and hope it doesn't cause any problems later on. If it was the engine I would want to fix it, but in the case of a diff I'd be tempted to report it in case something does develop in the future, and let it go.

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