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Old 06-08-2010, 09:40 AM
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Hi guys,

I have a 1999 ford ranger with a 3.0 V6 flex fuel, 2wd, automatic transmission. This was my very first truck when I turned 16 and I still have it today. I went 86,000 miles before putting my first set of tires on the truck, and other then changing the oil in the truck and keeping good brake pads on it I hadnt done much to the truck until the last two years. Guess there are things that I should have been doing all along and now I am paying for it. Last year I did replace the upper and lower ball joints on the front end. Then a few months back I had some issues with the coolant system. There was a fitting on the front of the manifold that had sprung a leak. I replaced that fitting and then noticed leaks on the top of the intake as well. I talked to a mechanic at the Ford dealership and he said that those run water around the throttle body and that it could be bypassed, so that is what I did was hook the hoses together. Later I noticed that it was still having issues leaking the coolant out and it was blowing the top off of the reservor tank. I did replace a bad radiator cap but it didnt completely solve the problem. I had moved then so I didnt have access to a shop to do the work myself. Instead I took it to a local place to have it worked on. 700 dollars later I had a new radiator, water pump, and the system flushed out. I kept an eye on it and it wasnt blowing the water out of the reservoir tank but would still have the water level drop some in the radiator. I took it back to the guys but they argued with me that there was nothing wrong. Since that repair it never ran hot or anything, but I would add probably about a half to 3/4 of a coke bottle full of water each week or two.

Now this past weekend I decided to change the spark plugs and spark plug wires. First time they have ever been changed...dont whip me down. I know this is horrible going 130,000 miles without doing this. There was one...believe it was cylinder 6 that looked like it was in bad enough shape that it probably wasnt firing anymore. After a big mix up and a long story where Autozone not only gave me the wrong wires but also the wrong spark plugs I had got wire for cylinder 4 and 6 swapped. It ran down the street and back like this with the wrong plugs. They gave me the ones for the 4.0 V6. Now I believe that I have everything straight...correct plug wires and spark plugs (they are bosch platinum spark plugs 4005), but it was still smoking and stumbling some. My dad told me over the phone that running it like I did with the wires swapped probably dumped a lot of fuel in the exhaust, and it will probably take a while for it to burn it out of the cadilitic converter.
Last night I let it idle outside for a good 45 minutes, and it did have fuel dripping from the exhaust and it did get to where it wasnt smoking as bad but it it was starting to run a little warm. I cut it off and this morning I looked at the radiator and it had leaked down again. I filled it back up and let it run for a bit. It idled smooth so I decided to drive it to work. It was still smoking a bit but ran ok...i only got up to around 35mph for the first half of my trip. Then I got up to around 45 and it wanted to sputter and skip real bad. The last quarter of the trip it started to run a little hot.

First I want to make sure that I got the cylinders numbered correctly and that he spark plugs are on there correct? Left side of the engine from front to back (firewall) it goes 1,2,3 and on the right side from front to back it goes 4,5,6.

Second, do you think all of this stumbling is due to the fuel in the catilitic converter?

Third, from what I have read in here having blown head gaskets are common. Do you believe that this may be my issue with the cooling system and may not have caused the engine to stumble before due to it not running on all cylinders do to the old spark plugs?
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:08 PM
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Default Re: many issues due to poor upkeep

I forgot to mention that I have replaced the belts on it before as well along with the transmission fluid and filter.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:13 AM
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Default Re: many issues due to poor upkeep

Since it has been running hot and yesterday I noticed that you could smell a scent of gas in the radiator, and it is suddenly loosing water quickly...it looks like I have a blown head gasket.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:34 AM
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Default Re: many issues due to poor upkeep

if you still have the bosch platnum plugs get rid of them for motorcraft oem plugs.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:15 PM
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Default Re: many issues due to poor upkeep

and the smell of gas in the radiator is a tell tale sign of the head gaskets being blown sorry to say but it could cost a ton if you don't do it ur self and a lot more if you don't get at least the heads checked when you do the head gaskets to make sure they aren't warped or cracked
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Old 06-20-2010, 07:56 PM
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Default Re: many issues due to poor upkeep

Anyone else hate how ford numbers their cylinders 123,456 instead of 135,246. they just gotta do everything ass backwards...
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:18 AM
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Default Re: many issues due to poor upkeep

Weekend before this last one I took the truck to my uncle's shop which has A/C.....nice thing to have. My cousin and I did the work. On that Saturday we did get both heads off of the block. It did have a blown head gasket on the right side. It was letting water go from one of the tunnels on the head over into the #6 cylinder. We cleaned everything up and checked the heads. They weren't warped or cracked or anything. The cylinder walls were in great shape.
The next day we put the heads back on, replaced the head bolts with new, and torqued them down according to the book specs. We got everything together, changed the oil, and put new coolant in it. I went ahead and replaced the fuel filter while I was at it. Cranked the truck up around 5:30 that Sunday afternoon. No check engine lights anymore and it is running great. I drove it all through that week and made a road trip this past weekend in it. No problems whatsoever. It is running top notch again.

I do still have the bosch plugs in it. They seem to be firing just fine.

The gasket set cost around 70 bucks and the head bolts were around 50. Im sure it would have cost me big if I took it to a shop to be worked on. Plus I feel much more comfortable now that everything is done right since I did it myself.
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