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Old 05-31-2004, 20:40   #1 (permalink)
Douglas M.
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90K Tuneup... Just doublechecking

Ladies & Gentlemen,

I am a PROUD owner of a 1999 Ranger 3.0L Flex Fuel (not that I can buy any flex-gas in Georgia). I am the third owner & the records were not well kept. I have had it for about 40K miles and kept up with the oil/air filter & fluid changes but know that the other stuff must be done now. I am doing the 90K maintenance myself according to the Chilton's manual.

Question 1 > I am replacing the sparkplugs and wires, should I also include the coil?

Question 2 > I am replacing the radiator fluid and upper/lower hoses, should I also repalce the thermostat? If so what temperature thermostat? I am equipped with A/C if that makes a difference; and yes i am also replacing the fan belt in case you were wondering.

Question 3 > I want to replace the fuel filter but had a heck of a time getting the old one loose. I actually gave up, and put the old one back on for now. Is there a special tool that I need to loosen the fuel line that runs from the tank to the rear of the fuel filter?

Thank you in advance for your help.

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Old 06-02-2004, 01:29   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 90K Tuneup... Just doublechecking

There is a fuel filter tool. It should be universal which should fit on. You can get it from your local auto shop.
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Re: 90K Tuneup... Just doublechecking

The 3.0 engine holds up very well. To answer your questions, #1 no, #2 no if your engine temp is normal. Stock t-stat I'm pretty sure is 195*. #3 my previous Ranger was a '99 3.0 4x4 and I couldn't even FIND the fuel filter so I paid the dealer a few bucks to do it. Turns out it was up above the transfer case and they said I was better off just letting them do it on a lift. It does take a special tool.
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