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Old 11-13-2010, 11:17 PM
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Hello to every one. This is my first post, I'm from eastland texas and my name is roy. I was glad to find this site! My grandfather gave me his 1989 FORD RANGER ,he was'nt able to drive any longer do to illness. He lives in California and I live in texas, he told me it had a small water leak but he could'nt find where it was. He only drove this truck a couple of times a year so after he retired it only had 071000 miles on it. My wife drove it back from California and never had to add any water it was over a 1300 mile trip . I checked it when she got here and it was about a pint low on coolant. SO I checked the oil and sure enough there is where my coolant went. At the time I did'nt have the time to tear it apart and look at it, so i took it to a local mechanic that came highly recomended , he charged me over 600 dollars. It did not lose any coolant for three days but the forth day (15 miles ) it was much worse than the original problem , I had almost a gallon of water in the oil. He told me he had the heads checked and they were good and the gaskets did not look bad. He told me he put a new water pump on it and when he tore it down the intake was not tight. I took it back to him and he said he would tear it back down and look at it.He claims he did not find anything wrong He said , it must be a factory defect in the block. Six months later I decide to tear it down myself and the only thing that i found was that the intake had not been as tight as i thought it should have been. I dont know if i should put it all back together are just get another engine. What would everyone else do? Thanks for your advice in advance.
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:30 PM
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Hello to every one. This is my first post, I'm from eastland texas and my name is roy. I was glad to find this site! My grandfather gave me his 1989 FORD RANGER ,he was'nt able to drive any longer do to illness. He lives in California and I live in texas, he told me it had a small water leak but he could'nt find where it was. He only drove this truck a couple of times a year so after he retired it only had 071000 miles on it. My wife drove it back from California and never had to add any water it was over a 1300 mile trip . I checked it when she got here and it was about a pint low on coolant. SO I checked the oil and sure enough there is where my coolant went. At the time I did'nt have the time to tear it apart and look at it, so i took it to a local mechanic that came highly recomended , he charged me over 600 dollars. It did not lose any coolant for three days but the forth day (15 miles ) it was much worse than the original problem , I had almost a gallon of water in the oil. He told me he had the heads checked and they were good and the gaskets did not look bad. He told me he put a new water pump on it and when he tore it down the intake was not tight. I took it back to him and he said he would tear it back down and look at it.He claims he did not find anything wrong He said , it must be a factory defect in the block. Six months later I decide to tear it down myself and the only thing that i found was that the intake had not been as tight as i thought it should have been. I dont know if i should put it all back together are just get another engine. What would everyone else do? Thanks for your advice in advance.
half way thru reading I said to myself has to be the intake gasket, I would just put a new intake gasket on and run it, hopefully you didnt hurt the engine, its worth a try
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:56 AM
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These heads are notorious for cracking. And everyone looks in the wrong place for it too. They like to crack near the rocker arm pedestals. But it could very well be an intake gasket - If any significant amount of material has been shaved off of the heads, intake will need milled to compensate. Can't go wrong if you can find a set of world heads, either the castings or dressed. My '88 cracked at 98K shortly after I made a very long trip, rebuilt the engine and went with a set of aftermarket heads.
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