Ford Ranger Heater Problems


Introduced in 1983, the Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck available in rear- and four-wheel drive. Despite its convenient size and affordability, the Ranger suffers from several electrical problems, including heater problems.

Heater Core

  • According to the website The Ranger Station, the heater core is a trouble spot on numerous Ranger models. The heater core produces heat using hot coolant from the vehicle's engine. Symptoms of a bad heater core include the inability to blow hot air and coolant leakage under the passenger-side dash.

Blend Door

  • A common Ranger problem involves a faulty blend door -- especially on 1993 through 1997 models. The blend door, which opens and closes to allow the heating or cooling of the cab, often breaks because it is made of plastic.


  • Depending on the model year, Repair Pal estimates heater core replacement at $235 to $750 from 1990 through 2011. The cost of the part has remained constant at an average of $80 to $100.

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