I have a 1997 ford ranger 4 cylinder 5 speed and I am having a problem with the heating system. When I am driving the temperature gauge stays at where it is supposed to but every time I stop at a light it goes all the way down to cold. recently the temperature here has been getting down below freezing and the truck's heat only works when I am pressing the accelerator and even then the air is only somewhat warm. I was wondering if anybody knows what the problem could be. I can't afford a mechanic right now but I can most likely do the work myself. thanks
Chris from Olney, MD
Dont know much about rangers possibly a faulty heat sensor maybe check the library for a manual if you don't own one or ring your registered service dealers ask for a mechanic and ask them he may give you some ideas they are better to isolate problems as they deal with that model car may have been a common fault. .Are the electric fans kicking in by radiator when you stop unplug them just watch the temperature gauge really only need them in summer unless stopping for long periods.On older cars they used to put a screen up across radiators or front grills even covering half the radiator may help improve the heating in colder weather as long as material or cardboard is secure remember to remove when weather improves as could overheat. good luck brent nz (02/09/2007)
Hi there -- Change to a hotter temperature thermostat for the winter months. That should do the trick. (02/09/2007)
I reckon it's low on anti freeze or the thermostats stuck.
If not follow rustyreks advice. (02/09/2007)
HAD THIS HAPPEN IN MY SONS FORD TRUCK THIS WEEK. I stopped and got premixed antifreeze and had to add some. He said thermostat stuck on me too, but was glad I checked for low antifreeze
as it did need some, He has a chevy (02/20/2007)
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