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Tiny
WORTHIN52
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  • 1997 FORD RANGER
  • 4.0L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 162,000 MILES
What is this strut for and what does it do? What is this box with the caps for and can it affect the running of the truck?

I didn't see anyway to attach pictures so I sent them through your Facebook page.
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 AT 3:31 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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To add an image, I paste it in MS Word 97 where I can add pretty arrows and call outs. From there I copy and paste it in MS Paint, then I can save it as a jpeg file. I have a folder where I keep all my pictures and drawings so they're easy to find later.

Right below where you're typing your next reply, you'll see "ADD IMAGE". Click on that, then the box will pop up where you can find that picture and click on it.

Be sure to list which engine you have.
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 AT 3:57 PM
Tiny
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Maybe this will help.
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 AT 4:17 PM
Tiny
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That strut is used to slow the rocking of the engine. Four and six-cylinder engines vibrate a lot so the engine mounts are relatively soft to reduce the amount of vibration that gets transmitted to the body. Under sudden acceleration, those softer mounts can allow the engine to rock so far that the two metal brackets make contact with each other. You'd feel that as an annoying knocking noise and feel. The strut limits how quickly the engine can rock.

The box is the charcoal canister. Gas fumes, (you didn't list the engine size and gas or diesel), are stored in this tank, then drawn out to be burned when certain conditions are met. If there is a leak in that system, the Engine Computer will detect it, set a diagnostic fault code, and turn on the Check Engine light to tell you. It can tell the difference between a small leak and a large leak. Leaving the gas cap loose is a common cause of a large leak.
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 AT 4:32 PM
Tiny
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I am not noticing any vibration knocking or clunking noise coming from the engine compartment. The truck is a 97 4.0l v6. I guess those struts must have a long life span. I am not getting any trouble codes for the charcoal canister or having any trouble with the running of the truck or bad gas mileage. But the rubber lines to the evap / charcoal canister are badly cracked. What s the best and easiest way to check to see if they are leaking?
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 AT 5:08 PM
Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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IN MY EYES

WHY WASTE YOUR TIME LOOKING FOR A LEAK?

YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE NOT SPRING CHICKENS ANYMORE, THE EZist THING TO DO IS HIT THE AUTO PARTS STORE FOR THE APPROPRIATE KIND AND SIZE OF TUBING AND REPLACE THEM (THAT WOULD GO FOR ANY KINDA PART THAT I MIGHT NOTICE ON MY JEEP SHOWING WEATHERING OR WEAR AND TEAR)

NORMALLY, ON MY JEEPS, THE RUBBER FUEL LINES ARE WHAT CRACK UP. MOST ARE SHORT, AND I CAN REPLACE ALL OF 'EM FOR LESS THAN $5. HAVING A CJ, ALL OF THIS IS EZ TO SEE AND EZ TO GET TO!

JUST A MAYBE A LITTLE HELPFUL HINT

NOT ONLY ARE THE HOSES GETTING IN BAD SHAPE, BUT THE PLASTIC NIPPLES THEY HOOK TO ARE NOW GETTING OLD, WEAK, CRUMBLY DUE TO THEY ARE MADE OF PLASTIC AND IT DECOMPOSES OVER TIME, WITH HEAT, AND WEATHER.

DON'T JUST TRY TO "JERK" OR SNATCH THEM HOSES OFF, TAKE TIME AND CARE AND SPLIT THE ENDS WITH A RAZOR OR SHARP KNIFE TO REMOVE THE TUBING. SOMETIMES IT MAY TAKE A GENTLE TWIST TO GET 'EM ON OFF.

ALSO, WHEN RE-INSTALLING THE LINES, GIVE 'EM SOME SLACK. A TIGHTLY PULLED HOSE WILL PUT THOSE PLASTIC NIPPLES IN A BIND AND WILL CRACK THEM OR SNAP 'EM CLEAN OFF. NOW YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WORSE THAN JUST A CRACKED HOSE. MANY OF THOSE PLASTIC EMISSIONS PARTS ARE HARD TO FIND AND SOMETIMES EXPENSIVE.

THE MEDIC
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Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 AT 9:13 AM

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