Ranger Update

Most of us who drive/own pickups, love them. Rancheros and El Caminos count as well, as anything with a bed is my point…not forgetting Caballeros…Phil.

A truck is a personal choice; like buying a book, or a CD, or art; it’s personal. Choosing and buying a truck reflects who we are.

I’ve had my ’02 Ranger now for 16 years.

A reader suggested that I had water in the fuel, after I posted my latest issue. I went to the local Carquest and purchased three bottles of HEET. I shall attempt later today to see if that worked. I used to put in a bottle every fall…just because, and never had any water in fuel problems…lesson learned.

I have yet to trim my ribeye roast, so that’s on the agenda for today, after determining whether or not I need to keep my appt with the garage tomorrow.


I added a bottle of red HEET earlier today, and just returned from a test drive. All seems to be well with the Ranger.

I had two bottles of red, and one yellow. The yellow went in the truck, the red in the wife’s Escape, and one spare…for the winter. I don’t know the difference between them, as they both claim to absorb water out of the fuel tank.

Thanks again mbumgua for the tip.

8 thoughts on “Ranger Update

  1. The red HEET appears to be the more versatile according to their advertising. Similar but subtle differences.

    The Red: “Designed for year round use in all 2-cycle and 4-cycle gas & diesel engines”.

    The Yellow: “Safe for use in all 4-cycle engines including fuel injected engines”.

    Fwiw, the yellow is also linked for use in alcohol stoves. Here is a quote from one alcohol stove fuel post (Adventures In Stoving: Whats the Best Alcohol for Stove Fuel) :

    The best choices for fuel for an alcohol stove are:
    1. Lab grade absolute ethanol (200 proof) or high proof liquor (190 proof). High heat content per gram (relative to methanol), relatively clean burning, and generally non toxic, but check the MSDS on lab grade absolute ethanol which may contain benzene which is toxic. A good choice for warmer weather.
    2. “Green” denatured alcohol in the US or methylated spirits (ethanol with methanol used as a denaturing agent) outside the US. Methylated spirits is often called “meths” or “metho”. Good heat content, relatively clean burning, fairly non-toxic depending on the amount and type of the denaturing agent. In the US, always check the MSDS. A good choice for warmer weather.
    3. Methanol, for example yellow HEET. Decent heat content, very clean burning, but definitely toxic in terms of fumes and skin absorption. Reasonably safe if used with care. A good choice for colder weather.
    4. You can use Isopropanol, for example red HEET (Iso-HEET), but it is not really suitable as a stove fuel because it’s generally a sooty mess when it burns. Highest heat content, but dirty burning, and definitely toxic. Not recommended unless you have a specialized stove specifically designed for it.”

  2. I had a GMC Safari that acted up any time there’s a seasonal humidity/temperature transition. I found that treating the fuel system with fuel treatment and fuel injector treatment at the transition time stopped all sillyness like Check Engine Light, rough running, failure to properly start, stuff like that.

    Now I do that every spring and fall, and after any major storm (Tropical Depression, Hurricane, multi-days extended heavy rain) and my van (not the Safari, but a Ram-badged Fiat) runs fine as long as I keep up the treatment cycle.

    Ethanol, it’s a killer, especially in humid hot places like Texas or Florida.

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