1997 Ford Ranger Seat Belt Buckle Replacement

1997 Ford Ranger seat belt buckle with broken button
1997 Ford Ranger seat belt buckle with broken button

The belt buckle (the part connected on the seat that the seat belt latches into) on my 1997 Ford Ranger failed. The button would stick in a pushed state and the belt would not latch or it would latch and then pop out while driving. Sometimes I could hit the button housing and the button would pop out, but it was getting more and more difficult to do. Normally I would search online and order the parts but not wanting to wait any longer to replace the buckle I purchased a new part from a local Ford dealer for $130. I could have probably found it cheaper online but when it comes to safety equipment I prefer to have OEM.

The new buckle came with instructions and will fit 1995 through 1997 Ford Explorer and 1996 through 1997 Lincoln Mountaineer. It also came with instructions but I could not access the screw holding the buckle on the seat which left two options, removing the seat or the center console. I chose to remove the center console.

First the cup holders were removed to access two screws underneath. The cup holds are held on by two clips in the front and sort of hinge of two plastic tabs in the back. I pulled up on the front of the cup holders then pulled the cup holders out.

Cup holders pop out to get to the screws underneath
Cup holders pop out to get to the screws underneath

Once the cup holders are removed two long screws can be removed and this will free the front part of the console.

Remove these two screws
Remove these two screws

In the rear of the console there are plastic covers on each side that need to be removed.

Screw cover
Screw cover

Under the covers there are 4 screws (2 on each side) that will allow the arm rest to be removed.

Screws need to be removed
Screws need to be removed

Once the arm rest is removed there is one final screw to be removed. One the center console is removed access to the seatbelt screw is straight forward.

1997 Ford Ranger center console removed by gregjsmith, on Flickr
1997 Ford Ranger center console removed by gregjsmith, on Flickr

The belt buckle can be removed with a standard T50 torx bit.

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150,000 Miles And Still Going

My 1997 Ford Ranger rolled over to 150,000 miles today.

Albuquerque Craigslist Trucks: 1964 Ford F100, 1955 GMC, 1955 Chevy, 1936 Chevy and 1976 Ford F100

1976 Ford F100

As my own 1997 Ford Ranger is about to hit 150,000 miles, I’m starting to think about if I want to keep it as major components are most likely to fail. Some old trucks on Albuquerque’s craigslist encourage me to hold on to it.

My dad had a 1966 Ford F100 longbed exactly like a 1964 F100 Longbed that is listed, including the “three on the tree” manual shifter. It’s what I learned to manual shift on and it’s why I will never own one (mostly because the clutch was screwed up). I also ran into the 1966 Ford with our Dodge Ram Charger. The owner wants $1350.

1964 Ford F100
1964 Ford F100
MUST SELL! 1964 FORD F100 LONGBED. BEEN PARKED FOR 20 YEARS BUT DOES RUN. GREAT FOR FINISHING UP THE RESTORATION. NEW CARBURATOR, BATTERY, BRAKE SEALS, MASTER CYLINDER, OIL PRESSURE SENDING UNIT…ETC.
THIS IS NOT A NEW TRUCK! BODY IS GREAT, NEEDS PAINT. ONLY RUST ON TRUCK IS ON THE FLOOR FROM THE WINDOW BEING DOWN OTHERWISE RUST FREE!
PLEASE SERIOUS CALLS ONLY, TRUCK HAS NOT BEEN DRIVEN IN A LONG TIME AND IS NOT REGISTERED BUT HAVE CLEAR TITLE.
IT HAS A STRONG CLUTCH AND IS ALL ORIGINAL RIGHT DOWN TO THE 6 CYLINDER ENGINE AND THE 3 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION SHIFT ON THE COLUMN.
NOT MUCH NEEDED TO RESTORE, ALSO HAS BFG 31 X 10.5 X 15″ TIRES AND CHROME STEEL WHEELS FROM A 92 MODEL.

A 1955 GMC Truck appears to be running. I especially like the grill.

1955 GMC Truck
1955 GMC Truck
1955 GMC TRUCK
NEW 350 MOTOR, NEW TRANNY
DISC BRAKES, NEEDS A NEW PAINT JOB, AUTOMATIC
ASKING $8,300 OBO

Comparing the 1955 GMC to a 1955 Chevy truck for $5700, I still like the GMC’s grill more.

1855 Chevy Truck
1955 Chevy Truck
1955 CHEVY TRUCK short bed step side 3100. This truck has a 350 motor That runs strong with a brand new wiring harness it also has new Dual flow master exhaust system the cab coners have been cut out and replaced it has new tires all the way around this has alot of potential for a builder and has virtually no rust also has chrome grill it has the original trans 4 speed with granny it is 12volt. runs strong all glass, priced at 5,700 and is titled here in New mexico call Robert for further info or for more pics 9XX-XXX2 might consider trade on C5 Corvette, I dont respond to text messages if ad is still posted I still have it. Thanks and good day

The oldest truck I’ve seen on craigslist is a 1936 chevy pickup truck for $16,000.

1936 Chevy Pickup
1932 Chevy Pickup
2 owner chevy pickup truck runs and drives see pics the truck is very clean the paint and motor fan and battery are not reg the fan elc 12 volt battery trades welcom no junk please

There were quite a few 1970 Ford’s but a 1976 Ford F100 seemed like the nicest one. At 74K miles, seems hard to believe for $2500.

1976 Ford F100
1976 Ford F100
I am regretfully selling my 1976 Ford F100 pickup, my original plan was to fix it all up and make a nice street cruiser, I have yet to have been able to find the time or money to do so. The truck is as original as they come, the water pump and distributor (along with plugs and wires) are the most recent things done to it. It is a standard cab with a 6 foot bed, 2wd, 302 V8 and three speed on the tree. I was told I was the third owner and that the 74,XXX miles that are on it are original and that it has not been turned over. The truck runs great and fires up every time, just needs a good home. I am looking at getting $2500 o.b.o. So serious buyers and cash only (no payments). Respond to this by email or call me at XXX-XXXX, leave a message if I don’t pickup, and I can send more pics or answer any questions. Thanks

Ford Speed Control Deactivation Switch Recall Cost

Ford has issued a Speed Control Deactivation Switch Recall (09S09) on a number of trucks and SUVs. They sent me a letter to about my 1997 Ford Ranger and suggested I have it fixed as soon as possible.

Ford cannot be confident that over many years in service, a speed control deactivation switch installed on your vehicle will not leak brake fluid, posing the risk of a fire. This condition may occur either when the vehicle is parked or when it is being operated.

This risk exists on vehicles equipped with or without speed control.

Ford Motor Company has authorized your dealer to perform the repairs under this program and your dealer on your vehicle free of charge (parts and labor).

Your dealer may be able to perform this repair while you wait; however, due to scheduling requirements, your dealer may need your vehicle for a longer period of time.

Please call your dealer without delay and request a service date for Recall 09S09. Provide the dealer with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your vehicle. The VIN is printed near your name at the beginning of this letter.

Until you have the recall service performed, park your vehicle outdoors away from structures to prevent a potential fire from spreading.

I took it to the local Don Chalmers Ford who was able to get my truck in immediately. They had my truck for about 6 hours and gave me a receipt. Total cost of the repair charged to Ford was 28.89. I realize Ford has millions of these to pay for but I have never taken my truck to a Ford dealer and had such a cheap repair. If I had to pay for this myself, I wonder how much it would have cost me.

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My 1997 Ford Ranger Qualifies For The Car Allowance Rebate System (Cash For Clunkers)

There is nothing wrong with my 1997 Ford Ranger except that it’s getting up there in age (kind of like me). Since it’s my only vehicle I am always concerned about total failure or some expensive repairs that could be more than the value of my truck. I’m very interested in what the government’s CAR Allowance Rebate System (formally known as Cash for Clunkers) could do.

Cars.gov has the requirements for the program:

  • Your vehicle must be less than 25 years old on the trade-in date
  • Only purchase or lease of new vehicles qualify
  • Generally, trade-in vehicles must get 18 or less MPG (some very large pick-up trucks and cargo vans have different requirements)
  • Trade-in vehicles must be registered and insured continuously for the full year preceding the trade-in
  • You don’t need a voucher, dealers will apply a credit at purchase
  • Program runs through Nov 1, 2009 or when the funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.
  • The program requires the scrapping of your eligible trade-in vehicle, and that the dealer disclose to you an estimate of the scrap value of your trade-in. The scrap value, however minimal, will be in addition to the rebate, and not in place of the rebate.

According to the fueleconomy.gov website, my 1997 Ford Ranger qualifies for the gas efficiently requirements because they say it gets an combined gas miles of 16 MPG.

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I was surprised to see that the EPA says my truck gets such low gas milage. I can get at least 18 MPG in town and 22 MPG on the freeway. I was also surprised when I compared my 1997 model with a 2009 Ford Ranger that the 2009 model gets 1 MPG less.

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If I were to replace my vehicle under the CARS program, I wouldn’t replace it with a super fuel efficient vehicle. I would need to replace it with another truck (yes I do actually use my truck as a truck and utility vehicle). This doesn’t help me very much because nearly every new truck gets nearly the same gas mileage as mine. I compared my truck to a variety of similar trucks. I could find two that met the mileage requirements and only one actually qualified.

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The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 15 Hybrid 4 wheel drive qualifies on the gas miles requirements as it gets 20 MPG. But for some reason it is a Category 2 or Category 3 truck and I cannot trade in my truck for own of those. I don’t know what they category requirements are but seems kind of silly on the surface.

The second possibility is the 2009 Toyota Tacoma 4 wheel drive. It barely gets 2 MPG more than my current truck netting me $3500 in rebate. Is it really worth it for me to trade in my perfectly good working truck for a new one?

Kelly Blue Book says it’s worth about $3000 in trade in value. CARS is not saving me much on the trade in. A new Toyota pickup will be about $26,000 leaving me for about $23,000. That runs just under $400 a month depending on financing.

I just don’t think it’s worth it to trade in a perfectly good pickup that may or may not have problems in the immediate future for a $400 a month payment.

1999 Ford Ranger Electric For Sale On Albuquerque Craigslist

There is a 1999 Ford Ranger Electric for sale by a dealer in the Albuquerque Craigslist for only $27900. I’m very tempted to purchase it (I won’t).

I’ve reproduced the craigslist ad here and swiped the pictures from Flickr.

Update: I continue to get email asking if this car is still for sale. I am not the seller, I reproduced the ad from craigslist because I found it interesting. Don’t email me asking if its for sale.

1999 Ford Ranger Electric – $27900


Reply to: sale-1057064108@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

Date: 2009-03-02, 12:01PM MST

 

Only 400
in existence!

Own
a piece of automotive history!

Operating and maintenance
costs are low….no oil changes….just plug
it in to fill it up with a charge. The car even makes its own energy
when the accelerator is released and the electric motor generates a
charge to the battery. It is powered by a rear-mounted 90-hp electric
motor with a top speed of 70 mph.

Background
story

Ford was forced to manufacture
this vehicle between 1998 and
2001 so it could meet the California Air Resource Boards Zero Emissions
Vehicle regulations. It cost over $80,000 for Ford to make this
vehicle! If you have seen the movie, Who Killed the Electric Car?, you
will know the whole story of what happened to electric vehicles like
this Ford Ranger. Most of them were crushed upon lease return!

There were only 1500 Ford Ranger EVs made between 1998-2001 and today
there are only about 400 left with only 100 that have the special
Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries. Compared to older lead-acid technology,
NiMH batteries are lighter, charge faster and increase the overall
range per charge. Lucky for you and 399 other individuals, not all of
these Ranger EV’s were crushed. These vehicles were warehoused after
lease return and finally released to Ford’s battery pack manufacturer
for testing.

Vehicle Systems

 

  • Tires: Low-Rolling
    Resistance
  • Air Bags: Driver and
    passenger side
  • Equipped Air
    Conditioning/Heater: Standard
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
    (ABS): 4-Wheel
  • Steering: Electro-Hydraulic
    Power
  • Brake Assist: Front
    & Rear – Disc
  • Regenerative Braking:
    Standard
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Audio System (AM/FM/CD):
    AM/FM Cassette
  • Recharging Specifications:
    Conductive Charging – 240v/30
    amp
  • Suspension: Front – A Arms/
    Rear – Leaf Spring

Vehicle
Specifications

  • Wheel Base (in.): 112
  • Overall Width (in.): 69.4
  • Vehicle Size: Overall Length
    (in.): 187.8
  • Payload (lbs.): 1,250 lbs.
  • Max Number Occupants: 3
    passengers
  • Overall Height (in.): 65.6
  • Curb Weight (lbs.): 4,196

 

Performance

 

  • Acceleration: 0 – 50 mph in
    12.5 seconds
  • Recharging Time: 6-8 hours
  • Range: avg. 60 miles
  • Maximum Speed: 70 mph
  • Miles: only 9k!

 

2010 Ford Ranger

3A2C8A90-6903-4E3E-8628-603763F7A1B9.jpgFord has announced the 2010 Ford Ranger and it looks almost like the Ford Ranger I bought in 1997. Ford’s press release promotes safety including AdvanceTracĀ® with RSCĀ® (Roll Stability Control) and side air bags. They also promotes the 21 to 26 MPG that the tiny 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine gets.

I guess there’s some money to be saved by keeping with the same basic design of a vehicle for over a decade. The base price for a low end 2009 Ford Ranger is about $17,000. Compare that to a more innovative truck in about the same size range. The 2009 Honda Ridgeline runs about $28,000 on the low end. I’m not sure a low end Ranger and low end Ridgeline compare exactly however.

You might think that the Ranger might make a good platform for some innovation. Body styling aside, how about an electric or hybrid for Ranger? Oh wait, Ford did Make an electric Ford Ranger and killed them in 2002.

The only option is LionEV, which will offer an electric Ranger for $38,950. That’s almost the price of a hover conversion. LionEV also offers conversion kits for Rangers (electric, not hover) for about $10,000.