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Old 07-10-2015, 11:51 PM
1989dangerranger 1989dangerranger is offline
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Default Possible Head Gasket Issue - Need Advice

Hello, I'm new to forums, but just bought a 1989 Ford Ranger 2.9 V6 yesterday. The previous owner claimed it had a new used engine installed and had a receipt, which it appears it does.

However, the truck smells like coolant. The lower radiator hose was leaking, and I fixed that issue, but still the same problem.

I did a compression check and all cylinders came back normal around 150. The oil on the dipstick looks normal, the oil cap looks normal, no white smoke coming from the exhaust, and no bubbles in the radiator.

I did find steam on the oil cap, which worries me. Could it just be a small head gasket leak? Are these engines prone to leaking in certain spots? Should I do a block test?

Thank you.

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Old 04-20-2017, 11:06 AM
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Hello, I'm new to forums, but just bought a 1989 Ford Ranger 2.9 V6 yesterday. The previous owner claimed it had a new used engine installed and had a receipt, which it appears it does.

However, the truck smells like coolant. The lower radiator hose was leaking, and I fixed that issue, but still the same problem.

I did a compression check and all cylinders came back normal around 150. The oil on the dipstick looks normal, the oil cap looks normal, no white smoke coming from the exhaust, and no bubbles in the radiator.

I did find steam on the oil cap, which worries me. Could it just be a small head gasket leak? Are these engines prone to leaking in certain spots? Should I do a block test?

Thank you.
Both heads on my 91 ranger cracked one in 6 spots around the center cyl on one side a 3 spots center cyl on the other side

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Old 04-20-2017, 12:09 PM
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Default Re: Possible Head Gasket Issue - Need Advice

Is the heater core leaking possibly? Where is the coolant smell most prominent? Are you losing coolant?
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Old 05-02-2017, 12:04 PM
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Default Re: Possible Head Gasket Issue - Need Advice

Do some more tests. I was given an 89 ranger 2.9l and both the heads were cracked. Replacing the heads on a 2.9 is pretty simple.

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