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Old 01-03-2009, 22:32   #1 (permalink)
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Just bought (new to me) 2000 Ford Ranger. 3.0, 180k miles, What to do next?


Similar to this one..

Just bought a (new to me) 2000 Ford Ranger. V6 3.0lt XL .175k miles.

As soon as i got the truck home yesterday the damn serpentine belt cracked and broke off as soon as i pulled in my drive way. lol
I picked up a new one this morning ($20) , and installed it today, and its running fine again..

Just wanted to ask you guys what else should i take a look at or get done?


1. Oil (duh)

2. Should i change the tranny fluid? (with this many miles, or just leave it alone?)

3. Rear differential Fluid?

4. Spark plugs?

5. PVC valve?

6. Coolant flush?
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Old 01-03-2009, 22:35   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Just bought (new to me) 2000 Ford Ranger. 3.0, 180k miles, What to do next?

You can download a maintenance schedule & owners manual here https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenan...ls/default.asp
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thanks!!!!!!1 i love the internet, :)


any worries about changing the tranny fluid with this many miles?
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:44   #4 (permalink)
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If the fluid has been changed on regular intervals then yes I would change it. If it's been in there 180k I would be afraid to.
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Old 01-10-2009, 18:52   #5 (permalink)
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i dont think it has ever been changed... so dont touch it? just do the other stuff?
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Old 01-10-2009, 20:03   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Just bought (new to me) 2000 Ford Ranger. 3.0, 180k miles, What to do next?

There are some that will say change it & some would say don't.

If the fluid looks good and the transmission seems to be operating correctly, I would leave it alone myself.

Might ask your mechanic and see what he thinks.

If you only knew for sure when or if it was changed.

Be sure to have a look at the differential fluid. If you change it be sure to look in the manual you downloaded for the correct type of lubricant.
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Re: Just bought (new to me) 2000 Ford Ranger. 3.0, 180k miles, What to do next?

I would definitely check the belt, brakes, and universal. I have had my 2000 ranger just over 9 years and 115k. I have replaced the brakes, tires, belt and tensioner, fluid flush, plugs, plug wires, transmission oil(grease) (standard not auto), alternator and a battery. a few dash light bulbs went out. Other than that a great truck.
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wanted to say thanks everyone, truck still running strong. 220k miles now
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