I own a 2004 Ranger XLT. Full service history as well as only 31 100 miles on the clock.
I drove to Spain last month and on my return noticed a knocking noise in the engine that sounded a bit like a loose tappet. Set tappets no difference. I must mention here that there was no reduction in power, no smoke, just this tik tik tik noise around No. 3 cylinder.
Then I noticed that upon start up, the motor runs rough for 2 to 4 seconds then purrs as normal. I decided to check that the glow plugs where all ok as the tappet cover was off and easy to test.
It turns out No. 3 glow plug was faulty. Here's the first shock...Ford want £ 93.00 + vat for ONE !
Forget that, got them for £ 14 each.
When I took the glow plug out, the last 8mm or so of the glow plugs element has the ceramic exposed ( not sleeved in metal ) about 4mm of that broke off and bounced around my No. 3 piston.
So it's head off, sump off, new piston etc......and one hell of a job for a glow plug that broke.
The other three glow plugs all show signs of pitting on this exposed tip but it seems No. 3 won the race.
Change them NOW, the replacement aftermarket ones I got do not have an exposed tip, a much smarter option.
Makes you think doesn't it ?
Anybody have any ideas or come across this before ?