A quick glance at forums and other Internet sites reveals that many Ford Ranger owners are disappointed with the low gas mileage of the vehicle and are looking for ways to make the truck run more efficiently. Although there is no "quick fix" for the issue, there are many common-sense ways to cut back on fuel consumption when driving trucks such as the Ranger or other vehicles that guzzle gas.
Watch your speed. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, driving over 60mph consumes gas at a faster rate than driving below the 60mph mark. The DOE states that for every 5mph an individual drives over the 60mph mark, she essentially pays another 24 cents for each gallon of gas. Use your common sense, abide by local speed-limit laws and try to drive slower on freeways to conserve gas.
Shed unnecessary weight. Remove truck bed caps, accumulated junk in the bed and any other items adding weight to your truck. The heavier the vehicle, the less fuel-efficient it is. So strip the truck's contents down to necessities only. Decreasing your truck's load by 45.4kg. or more reduces fuel consumption by up to 2 per cent.
Use the recommended motor oil grade. Ford specifies 5W-20 or 0W-20 motor oil for the majority of its gas-powered cars and trucks. Using the proper oil decreases friction in the vehicle--a factor that detracts from the vehicle's gas mileage and performance.
Use cruise control when highway driving. Aside from being a handy feature that basically drives the vehicle for you, cruise control also conserves fuel. This is because cruise control keeps the vehicle at a consistent speed without the need for acceleration, which wastes fuel.
Keep your Ranger well-maintained. Check your tire pressure with a tire gauge every month and replace the tires when they begin to show wear and tear or are otherwise worsening in condition. Change air/fuel filters and spark plugs regularly and add fuel injection cleaner to your tank each time your odometer hits 10,000 miles. A vehicle that runs properly and is well-maintained will maintain peak fuel efficiency.