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  1. Help WIth 99 Ranger Engine

    Hello. I have a 1999 Ford XLT Ranger 3.0 Gas, 170k Miles. I recently overheated and need advice on the issue. The lower hose came loose on the way home and the engine overheated. I put the hose back on correctly, added new coolant and truck started fine so I took it around the block for a...
  2. Coolant Loss

    I noticed coolant escaping through my radiator cap recently. I was told it could be my head gasket or a bad radiator cap. It has 214k miles and the last engine overhaul was done at around 195k miles which included a complete gasket exchange, head resurfacing, and tune up. Since then, I have...
  3. Steam from engine bay? Head gasket?

    First post, looking for some help. I have a '90 ranger, manual, and the previous owner put radiator stop leak in the coolant, which I didn't know about until I started running higher temps (still in the normal) through the death valley in CA, and boiled a ton of coolant out the reservoir when I...
  4. Rocker arm and push rod installation 3.0v6

    So I'm a little confused about the proper procedure for tightening the rocker arm fulcrum bolts after I replaced my head gaskets. The Chilton manual says to just lube the push rod and rocker arm assemblies then tighten the fulcrum bolts to the proper torque specs but the Haynes manual says to...
  5. 4.0 SOHC rebuild questions

    Hello everyone, I've got either a cracked head or a leaking, not quite blown, head gasket. I will be pulling the motor tranny combo when I do the work as I plan on also doing the timing chains while I'm in there and I figured the work space would be nice. I've never done work the intrusive...
  6. Fuel Vapor pouring out from back of engine (after top end rebuild)

    I recently had the heads of my Mazda B4000 (94 Ranger) now its extremely hard to start when cold you need to madly feather gas and over rev until it gets warm then it idles fine. except from behind the passanger side head a white gas vapor pours out though Im unable to see exactly where it...
  7. All new cooling system but still overheats

    I have 1997 Ford Ranger 4.0l 4x4 I have replaced the following 202,000 miles -Water pump -water pump pulley -Radiator -Thermostat -Radiator cap -Radiator and cooling hoses All winter long my truck has done fine first real hot day my A/C quits on me and going down the Freeway at 80mph my...
  8. Does this head gasket look bad enough for no compression in Cylinder 4?

    2003 2.3 180k Lost compression in cylinder 4 and was low on coolant. I pulled the head and checked for warpage with a precision straight edge. Everything seems to be straight and valves appear to be seated...at least I think, I don't really know how to check the valves beyond visual inspection...
  9. 94 v6 4.0 runs for 30s to a minute before stalling

    Had a bad cooling system leak. Lot of white smoke coming out of the exhaust and. Cylinders and oil flooding wIth coolant. Gradually got worse running really rough. So I changed head and intake gaskets this past weekend. Now runs strong with no smoke. For about a Minute before stalling out...
  10. ant.xlt.96

    Removing Heads - Stuck exhaust manifold bolts

    Tearing down the engine in my 96 4.0 OHV v6 to replace head gaskets. I've got the passenger side head removed, but the driver's side is a PITA! I've been able to remove 2 of the 6 bolts going into the head, but don't have enough clearance with my 1/2" drive breaker bar to get the leverage it...
  11. ant.xlt.96

    Coolant loss - but NOT heads!

    Hi guys, I've been dealing with a major coolant loss in my 96 xlt for about a month now. I bought the truck off of craigslist about four months ago and have been upgrading stuff since then, but am at a loss as to what's going on. Recently, I put in new gaskets on the lower manifold, valve...
  12. Truck Overheated - Now What?

    My 1998 Ranger, 4.0 L, 4-Door, 4x4 recently overheated - the Check Engine light came on, but the temperature warning did not. I was on the freeway, turned on the heater and slowed down. The temperature instantly went down (not quite to normal temp), but a few miles later the temperature went...
  13. Fuel Lines/intake/head gaskets

    Doing head gaskets on my 94 Ranger 3.0 and I have to remove the intake to get them off, in order to remove the intake i have to disconnect the fuel lines, now I know it takes a special disconnect tool (which i have) and I've used them before to do a fuel tank, however on these lines it doesn't...
  14. rezmedic

    "mayonaise" under valve cover

    1984 ranger 4x4 2.8L 5sp manual. My Ranger did not start this morning, normally kinda hard starting on cold mornings but runs well when runnin other than 10 to 12 MPG. While troubleshooting i removed the valve cover and saw this: My question is; Should I park it until I replace heads...
  15. GotBronco-itus?

    Stripped Head Bolt!!

    So I am replacing my head gaskets on my 87 Bronco II. My friend who is savvy with vehicles offers to help, so we both get working he takes one side and I take the other to make good time. After we are half way done he says we have a problem and it turns out he stripped the head bolt. What should...
  16. Coolant leak problem

    I am worried about my ranger. When it began to get warm outside the truck began to spill coolant on the ground after parking the truck after a long drive. I had to refill it often. Then it started doing it occasionally even after short drives. I discovered it was leaking from the heater core...
  17. 1994 coolant loss problem

    I have something weird going on with my 94 4L 4x4 for the past while I have been losing coolant rapidly with no signs of problems. It is not blowing white, the exhaustdoes not smell sweet, my oil levels are still fine. I drove to kelowna 2 hours from where i live and on the way back the next day...
  18. Bryan101

    Head gasket

    Miss fire in cylinder 6... spark=yes;;;;Fuel=yes.... pull spark plug and put truck in clear flood mode= water shoots out of spark plug hole.... :(


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