No Heat, I have a 1988 Ranger with a 2.9. What can I do to fix this issue?

Shon Slatton

Asked by Jan 26, 2014 at 04:05 PM about the 1988 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

What I have replaced is the radiator and thermostat. I was told to look for a heater control switch under the hood, but I do not see one. All I see are two hoses that run from the firewall directly to the thermostat and water pump....Please advise....

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Are they both hot at the firewall? -Jim

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Shon Slatton

No, they are not...

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James Ramond

then something is restricting flow, maybe clogged. pull the hoses and blow air thru and see how free the core is .

Shon Slatton

Ok, I will try that....thank you...


If heater core is ok the fins on the inside of the water pump may have rusted away.

Shon Slatton

I blew air thru the heater core....So that was the issue I guess, its working now...Thanks for the advise.... Now tackling issue number 2, the shifter (manuel) is stuck in neutral and will not shift into another gear. I was told to pull the boot and see if the fork is worn or locked....We shall see...I am new to this whole working on cars....


me pueden ayudar a decirme por que no se activa el 4x4 de mi ranger

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