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    Default 3.2 ford engine failures imminent?

    With the lockdown, many cars are standi g for extended periods.

    The 3.2 oil pump is difficult to prime. When serviced, the oil must be refilled within 10-15 minutes of draining or the oil pump may not prime.

    With the car standing for many days, the oil pump may lose prime. For most, by the time they realise the oil light hasn't gone off, it's too late.

    So those owners with 3.2 ford engines, start them every second day or so to keep the oil pump primed. And keep an eye on that oil pressure light. If it doesnt go off within 3-4 seconds, switch off and seek help from a competent mechanic that knows how to prime the oil pump.

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    Interesting...

    My Ranger has stood for months without problems. I canít remember how the oil pumps on these work.

    Maybe Iíve just been lucky

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've heard from so-called experts that the 3.2 Puma engine's oil pressure is set too low by design.
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    Would this be an issue with oil at the correct level? Is the "losing prime" problem not only applicable when the oil is drained?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingjake View Post
    Would this be an issue with oil at the correct level? Is the "losing prime" problem not only applicable when the oil is drained?
    That was my understanding as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingjake View Post
    Would this be an issue with oil at the correct level? Is the "losing prime" problem not only applicable when the oil is drained?
    Im not sure. I didnt post my idea as fact.

    But why take the risk?

    Im doing it with my pajero as well to keep oil all over the moving parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    Ai... not enough false news on Carona?
    Just trying to help. We are a community are we not? Even if Im wrong, Im at least trying to help. The idea carries some merit to consider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    Just trying to help. We are a community are we not? Even if Im wrong, Im at least trying to help. The idea carries some merit to consider?
    Thanx, I now have more reason to start mine, was only for battery up to now

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    Are there honestly people whose car will be standing deadstill for 3 weeks without moving?

    I go on holiday for a month once a year and I leave my car parked at the airport outside in winter for that time. I don't even think about the oil pressure or flat tyres when starting up. Never had a problem in 7 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    Are there honestly people whose car will be standing deadstill for 3 weeks without moving?

    I go on holiday for a month once a year and I leave my car parked at the airport outside in winter for that time. I don't even think about the oil pressure or flat tyres when starting up. Never had a problem in 7 years
    What car?
    What tyres? Pressures?

    The ford 3.2 has a variable feed oil pump with a known tendency for difficult priming.

    I reckon I can stop wearing my seatbelt and paying insurance. Havent had a need for them lately

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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    With the lockdown, many cars are standi g for extended periods.

    The 3.2 oil pump is difficult to prime. When serviced, the oil must be refilled within 10-15 minutes of draining or the oil pump may not prime.

    With the car standing for many days, the oil pump may lose prime. For most, by the time they realise the oil light hasn't gone off, it's too late.

    So those owners with 3.2 ford engines, start them every second day or so to keep the oil pump primed. And keep an eye on that oil pressure light. If it doesnt go off within 3-4 seconds, switch off and seek help from a competent mechanic that knows how to prime the oil pump.
    I own a Ranger 3.2 Auto D/C. My car stands for 6 weeks at a time and then I use it for 2 weeks, it has been doing this since I bough it almost 3 years ago. The only problems I have had with it standing for 6 weeks at a time is the following, brakes getting wet in a storm/s and slightly bonding to the disks (I think itís probably got to do with the pads) & the other thing is the battery of course, this is now hooked up to a battery charger / maintainer when I park my car. Personally I just let the car idle for a minute before putting it into reverse, I do this for the gearbox more than anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    What car?
    What tyres? Pressures?

    The ford 3.2 has a variable feed oil pump with a known tendency for difficult priming.

    I reckon I can stop wearing my seatbelt and paying insurance. Havent had a need for them lately
    In my case a Volvo XC60 D5 and a Tiguan 2.0 TDi. Tyres were Pirelli Scorpions in both cases.

    Its not that I don't believe what you're saying or not attach value to it, it was more a case of saying what a non event it normally is for me. To have to be that prudent with a vehicle clearly means something is wrong in the design or construction of the oil supply system IMHO. As for the tyres, I never found any balancing or vibration on the steering.
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    Maybe my 2013 3.2 Ranger is already to old, but I can say that it had stood dead still for periods in excess of a month.

    Started first time every time we would start it after returning from a holiday.
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    In a previous life I worked 8 weeks on 2 weeks off. For the 8 weeks out of country we all parked our vehicles in a warehouse in Boksburg. Upon return we all jumped in our cars and raced to our loved ones. There were at least three 3.2 Rangers. We all did this for almost 2 years.

    No broken engines, no flat spots on the tires. We did leave our keys with the security - maybe they kept our cars in tip top condition without telling us

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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post
    I also move the car a foot or so to keep the tyres from flat spotting.
    What the heck?

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    Iíve got 2013 3.2 d/c 4x4 Ranger bought secondhand 2014 from friend who bought new one. Also for the past six years work oversee sometimes up to 3months never had that problem .Ranger now on 129000km. Presently oversee comming up one month with no return date. The article about the pump they only talk about when doing a service nothing mentioned about standing. My owners manual also not say I had to start it once a week , but I will report back when home again. Corona start get boring always good to start talking about something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    What the heck?
    Quite common on vehicles parked for a while and good advice from the OP

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