I have a 2001 ford ranger 3.0, 6 cylinder. Before I tore it apart, I saw a small amount of steam coming out of the engine for about an hour and then it just stopped.I thought it had a blown head gasket, but when I took the head off, the gasket looked like it was fine. Is it possible that the head warped and caused the water to enter the cylinder.
I am trying to fix it myself, although I am not much of a mechanic. Is there any advice anyone can give me so I don't miss any important steps when I go to put it back together? If you replace the gaskets on one head do you have to do the other?
Any advice would be appriciated.
I have a 99' with 305,500 miles and just the other day the water temperature elbow started shooting fluid out after a 50 mile trip, mind you I changed this same fitting a year ago (dealer only item for $31)(go to your Mazda dealer for parts they are cheaper $24 then Ford $31) when I changed the water pump and thermostat.
After a flush and all that goes with it all was good for a day then I started smelling exhaust in the radiator (changed it out 1.8 years before this) then it started to sputter at idle and then it started running VERY HOT. I left it at a friends place and it seems that the heads or the gaskets have taken a dive.
I'm done I was in a airplane crash back in 1992 and I cannot work on vehicles anymore although I keep telling myself I can I pay for it dearly after I'm done for days or weeks.
I did notice that the overflow bottle needed constant refill and would boil fluid like mad after some drives especially when I turn on the AC.
Will be posting her in the wants ad here today, she's very clean with lots of new stuff and a stereo system that will rock your sock BUT 305,500 miles she is a good Mazda/Ford truck just needs a new caretaker.
I had the passenger side head checked and it was not cracked, just warped. They resurfaced it and it is ready to be put back in. I am having trouble figuring out which bolts ( besides the head bolts ) I need to take out to remove the head. I took out 3 so far from the bracket holding the air conditioning pump, and power steering pump. Are those the only ones I need to remove?
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