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Old 09-27-2010, 01:06 AM
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Exhaust fumes in the radiator.

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.

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How did you decide which head to pull?

If you have exhaust in the coolant, it only gets there via a bad head gasket or a crack in the head.

Check the head for cracks and for warpage.

This is pretty weak, but you get the idea. Use a straightedge, and see if you can get a feeler gauge under it, .003 is the limit.

YouTube - how to check cylinder head warp

An actual 3.0 story:

3.0L V6 OHV Overheat; Blown head or intake gasket? - Ford Muscle Forums : Ford Muscle Cars Tech Forum

If you find nothing, I would suggest pulling the other head and inspecting it as well.
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I would pull both heads, have them both checked for cracks (you may have to have a pro do it some cracks are difficult to see), then if that checks out, have the heads resurfaced.
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Thanks for the info and suggestions.
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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.
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Would a compression test help here?

If you have a cracked head near an exhaust valve or a gasket leak, wouldn't the compression be low on that cylinder?

Keep us posted.
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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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