About Ford Bronco
Ford Bronco is a Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) manufactured and marketed by Ford Motor Company from 1966 to 1996. The first Ford Bronco was introduced in 1996 to compete with four-wheel-drive compact SUVS. As Ford's first compact SUV, it had been produced through five generations.
In 1986, Ford Bronco had a major change in body and drivetrain, which marked the beginning of the fourth generation (1987-1991). It then was available in several trim levels including Eddie Bauer, Nite, and 25th Silver Anniversary Edition (introduced in 1990 for 1991 model year). The Ford Bronco was powered by 4.9 L Straight 6-cylinder, 4.95 L 302 V8 and 5.75 L Windsor V8 engines fitted along with 5-speed manual transmission and 3-speed and 4-speed automatic transmissions. The Bronco updated for 1992 started the fifth generation (1992-1996). It mostly carried over trim levels from previous generation including XLT and XLT Sport. Engines were also same from previous generation. But 3-speed automatic transmission was left out and the previous 4-speed 4OD automatic transmission became 4-speed 4OD-E automatic transmission. Other 4-speed automatic and 5-speed manual transmission were still available.
Ford Bronco Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Though Ford Bronco predates SUV, it has off-road quality. To some extent, it has to also fight in different harsh road conditions. While this condition in return speed up its wear process and some problems start come for it:
First, reduced engine performance. According to drivers, the Bronco's engine was in rough idle constantly and experienced an obvious decrease in power and acceleration, which also caused the excessive oil consumption and poor fuel economy. What's more, the Check Engine Light would come on from time to time. If your Ford Bronco is giving out the similar signs, you can try checking if EGR valve, EGR filter or oxygen sensor is broken.
Second, suspension system went wrong. Generally speaking, this problem shows as the steering tilt function or steering wheel cannot lock. At the meanwhile, Ford Bronco drivers could hear clunking or grinding noises while turning the steering wheel. Sometimes, the steering wheel would operate roughly and could not return to middle. Once any above signs pop out, please have an inspection on upper steering column bearing.
As Ford Bronco is equipped with many electrical components, which is easy to go bad, so you had better pay enough attention to them. For example, window switch, which is responsible for lowering and lifting window, needs your maintenance. Meanwhile, do not leave front door striker and rear door striker out.
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