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Automatic Transmission Column Shift Problems of Ford Ranger



Ford Ranger owners have reported 8 problems related to automatic transmission column shift (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 1
Failure Date: 02/08/2007

I parked my truck Thursday night February 8, 2007. I placed the truck in park and removed the keys. When I returned to my truck early the next morning, I discovered that the truck was actually not in park, even thou the keys were out of it, and the shift indicator showed the vehicle being in park. Had the truck been parked on an incline it could rolled away. I found the head of a small screw laying on my floorboard which have broken from the shifter. When I repaired the truck on Sunday I discovered a very disturbing situation where the gear selector is attached to the transmission cable. The assembly is held together by a small 6mm screw, which the head I found on the floorboards. This happened at 99k mileage.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 2
Failure Date: 08/01/2005

On or about 8/1/05 I parked my 2000 Ford Ranger XLT in my driveway and got out to open the gated parking space at my residence. Vehicle jumped into reverse and backed into the street. Managed to stop it but injured my knee. Found pin from shifter mechanism on the floor under steering column that had fallen out of shifter. Shifter would not stay in "park" afterwards but kept jumping into "neutral" and "reverse". Spring tension of the shift indicator would pull it out of "park" as soon as the lever was released. Shifter would go into "neutral" and "reverse" at random. Had to shut off the vehicle and restart when I left car even briefly - not something drivers normally do. Vehicle popped into "neutral" about 75 to 100 times and into "reverse" about 50 times. Had to hold the lever in "park" to restart. About a week or so after the initial failure, I heard a loud "sproing" and a "snap" sound. Shift indicator went all the way to the right in "d1" position. It never worked again. Shift lever now stays weakly in "park" but pops into gear sometimes. Ford dealer had no interest in problem and merely referred me to manufacturer. Manufacturer referred me back to the dealer. Shifter mechanism is defectively designed and not fit for its intended use. Vehicle does not meet fmvss because critical shifter mechanism is defective and will fail catastrophically. Gear shift ought to work without failure for the life of the vehicle. Ford and its dealers do not have any measures in place to address this failure and instead try to push off corrective action, leaving the vehicle owner with a hazardous condition. This failure has probably happened to others and is being underreported because of the actions of Ford and its dealers. If this defect is not corrected, it will ultimately kill somebody. Nhtsa has a duty to call Ford and its dealers into account and require a recall to correct the defect.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 1996 Ford Ranger 3
Failure Date: 06/07/2005

1. No events leading to failure. 2. While trying to back out of a parking space the vehicle went forward. No damage was done to vehicle or property. The automatic transmission shift cable failed. It was worn thru do to contact with the exhaust pipe. 3. The automatic transmission cable was replaced with Ford f57z7e395a. The broken cable is available.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 4
Failure Date: 04/28/2005

2001 Ford Ranger--automatic transmission, remove ignition key and it can easily be taken out of park. Key in ignition with engine running, I no longer have to press the brake to get into any gear. I have experienced this same problem in February 2003 when it was repaired by local Ford dealer.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 1998 Ford Ranger 5
Failure Date: 09/26/2001

While traveling approximately 65 to 70 mph vehicle jumped into 4-wheel drive unexpectedly. No determination has been made as to the cause of this problem. Please provide any additional information / attachments.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2000 Ford Ranger 6
Failure Date: 05/01/2001

When putting vehicle in 4 wheel drive at any speed there is a humming sound. When taking it out of 4 wheel drive vehicle will jerk. Dealer replaced transfer case on 1 June 2001.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 1999 Ford Ranger 7
Failure Date: 03/22/2001

After putting the vehicle into four wheel drive, the vehicle suddenly stopped. When this happened, the vehicle flipped and ended up on its side. Contacted dealer, and dealer not willing to do anything. The dealer could not find the cause that made the four wheel drive to thump and lock up, dealer replaced the right and left hubs and the seals. The vehicle also had its heating system fixed twice. The rear brake parts also fell apart and were replaced. One person was injured in accident mentioned.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 1996 Ford Ranger 8
Failure Date: 01/06/1997

4-wheel drive switch failed to engage in snow weather conditions.