Reliability is a huge issue for pickup owners; as the vehicles are often used for both social and work purposes. There have been quite a number of Ford Ranger problems reported, and common faults – like the fuel pump issue – meant the Ranger finished in a disappointing fourth place in the Pickup Reliability Survey 2017.
The survey was carried out by our sister title, Professional Pickup & 4×4 magazine, using real-world data from over 400 pickup truck operators. Combined, they covered over 24,000,000 miles and had a combined age of 1,800 years.
The Ford Ranger’s failures plunged the vehicle into fourth place behind the three Japanese (Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and Isuzu D-Max), although pre-2012 models were fairly reputable.
Ford Ranger oil pump failure
The Ford Ranger oil pump problems are a wide-ranging problem, caused by substandard components used in the manufacturing process. Users report a top-end rattle, followed by the oil pressure light illuminating. Once this occurs, the driver must book the vehicle in with the Ford service team as soon as possible, as this often leads to engine seizure.
Ford Ranger MAF sensor problems
The malfunctioning Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor is a common fault Ford Ranger. The MAF sensor monitors the amount of air entering the engine, and common symptoms are similar to that of a faulty fuel pump or low fuel pressure; slow to start, hesitancy during acceleration, poor fuel economy, etc.
Ford Ranger SCR problems
As with a lot of Euro-6 pickup trucks, there are quite a number of reports of the Ford Ranger’s SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system failing which helps reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) that the engine emits. This only affects Euro-6 models (built from 2016 onwards) and the simple way to check if your vehicle could be affected is to open the fuel flap, and to see if there’s an additional inlet for AdBlue, or DEF (diesel exhaust fluid). The fault causes increased AdBlue consumption and is signalled via the engine management light.