Magazine article Medical Economics

What about Service and Repair?

Magazine article Medical Economics

What about Service and Repair?

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This analysis is by Bob Cerullo, a master mechanic with 30 years' experience. He's the author of the book, "What's Wrong With My Car?" Pickup trucks are a mechanic's delight, but not because they need repairs often. It's because they're big and rugged, the parts are easy to obtain, and many of the systems on pickups are relatively simple.

The Chevy S-Series and Ford Ranger are so similar you have to take a hard look to find differences. A major one: the front suspensions. The Ford uses massive twin I-beams with ball joints; the result is a strong, flexible suspension that protects the front fourwheel-drive axles from road hazards. Chevy's equally rugged front suspension is a tad less protective.

Both trucks are powered by proven engines. The optional 4.0-liter V-6 in the Ranger is also used in Ford's Explorer and Aerostar. That means parts are readily available, and mechanics have a lot of experience with the engine. I would choose the 4.0-liter V-6 over the standard 3.0-liter V-6 for a couple of reasons. First, its greater power makes driving more pleasant and means the engine strains less under heavy use. Second, bigger engines generally have sturdier parts. :

A neat feature on the Ford is the battery saver that extinguishes any lights accidentally left on after the engine is shut off. I do have one complaint: The Ranger's engine has snap-together air-conditioner fittings, which tend to leak, in my experience. (Ford uses them on other vehicles, as well.)

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