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Old 04-20-2011, 02:22 PM
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Default Blown Head Gasket 96 ranger

Hello,

New to forums, and not the greatest car expert, so I appologize if this is placed in the incorrect thread.
I have a 1996 For Ranger, Automatic v6 4.0 2wd. I've had it fora number of years with little issues if any at all. Kept the oil changes up and tune-ups etc.

Recently, after a trip from Canada down to Colorado and back, the truck has been having issues. Before I left I had it topped up with fresh oil, radiator filled etc. When I had this done the mechanic said the radiator was very low, first signs of this issue. I had it filled and went on since I had no time or money to really deal with the issue.
I came back from CO recently, and the truck started having issues, obviously I've been asking for this since I was given signs earlier as mentioned that the fluids were low in the radiator.
I took the truck in to get some work on it, got new plugs in it cause it was mis-firing, and the mechanic told me my head gasket is blown, and its leaking pretty bad. He tried a sealant but it did not work.
I've now decided, due to financial issues, and the inability to afford a new vehicle currently, that I will be doing the work myself.

So my question is, is it worth tearing apart the motor in this specific truck in order to replace the head gasket? I will be doing this with a mechanic friend who knows a good deal about engines, but I'm simply wondering if it's worth the trouble? Or is it relatively easy to do? Or should I just opt out of trying and simply get rid of the vehicle?

Again I apologize for my noob-ness when it comes to trucks, I'am a computer guy not so much a vehicle guy, lol.

Thanks.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:49 PM
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Default Re: Blown Head Gasket 96 ranger

How many miles are on the motor? I just put a new motor in my truck because of a blown head gasket, the old motor had 160k on it and because of the blown head gasket it ruined the head, and i didnt want to spend double the money by replacing the bad head and then the other one going bad. Hopefully your head isnt ruined from the blown head gasket, but if it is theres some advice for you. Also changing a head gasket isnt too terribly hard to do, so if that is all you have to do i say go for it.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:56 PM
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Default Re: Blown Head Gasket 96 ranger

Dude, 4.0 OHVs are the EASIEST motor to rebuild a topend in. I vote go for it. Tear it apart and see what it needs. Least you'll be out is time and about $150 for magnafluxing the heads for cracks.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:33 PM
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I just replaced my heads on my OHV because they where cracked.

here is my rebuild thread. Project Thread - Rebuilding 4.0L OHV

I recommend just ordering new heads. Alabama Cylinder heads has them under $500 shipped BRAND NEW not reconditioned, and they have the valves installed.

I also recommend ordering Delta cams rocker and push rod rebuild kit.

you also need new head bolts they are like $30
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Old 04-21-2011, 04:49 AM
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How much was that Delta kit? That's the next step for me. I also heard they have a core charge?
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:45 AM
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$181.50 + $42 core

It was around $250 shipped

Ya just send back the rockers and rails in the box it came in for the core. really simple the guys there are very helpful
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:11 AM
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Hey guys,

Sorry for the late reply, been pretty busy. I haven't started on the truck yet, we're going to start Monday. I will be taking my Ipod with me to take some photos when its apart, I'll post them here. I don't believe the heads are bad, just the gasket is what I was told, so we will see how it goes.

The motor has fairly high miles on it, around 120k or so, but it's driven like a beauty the entire time I've owned it till this happened.

I'am wondering though, it has a working A/C system in it, I'm worried that might require some taking apart, and I don't know anything about A/C. So not sure what to do on it there.
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Old 04-24-2011, 07:48 PM
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you dont need to touch the a/c besides moving it aside
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:25 AM
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Well thats good to know, I was worried about the whole AC thing, lol. It's been super rainy here, so am waiting for a sunny day to start on the project, possibly tomorrow. Hopefully it goes well.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:11 PM
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Hey guys, I hope this post is still somewhat viewed.

I started on my Ranger today, got down to the plugs and checked the compression on the cylinders, all 6 cylinders seem to have around 110 average PSI. We checked the radiator and it was pretty low (again), and then we got to the oil.
The oil in the motor is completely fine, its perfectly clean (Was changed back a ways before I drove it quite a ways, about 4k miles). My friend thought that, if the gaskets were leaking, the oil would be milky, which it was not.

We got a little further into it and I started to think maybe the radiator is leaking somewhere (in a hose or something), and the issue with my motor (lots of white smoke when it first starts, but none after running it for a minute) might be something else. Possibly a bad head?

The 6th cylinder had quite a bit of liquid (I think it was gas) coming out of it when we did the compression test.

Overall I'm not sure exactly what it is anymore.. It could possibly be the head gasket, but my friend did not think that was the case due to the inconsistency of the smoke, and the oil. It might be one of the heads, or another leak elsewhere I'am not sure.

At this point I'am considering simply putting it back together and trading it in, but I'm unsure if even that is a good idea. Any thoughts on what might be wrong?
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:28 PM
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Default Re: Blown Head Gasket 96 ranger

how did your spark plugs look any one's different colors then others?

sounds like the normal cracked cylinder head problem on these motors
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:06 PM
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I just replaced my heads on my OHV because they where cracked.

here is my rebuild thread. Project Thread - Rebuilding 4.0L OHV

I recommend just ordering new heads. Alabama Cylinder heads has them under $500 shipped BRAND NEW not reconditioned, and they have the valves installed.

I also recommend ordering Delta cams rocker and push rod rebuild kit.

you also need new head bolts they are like $30
I have a 96 ranger 4.0 and i have oil leaking by the oil pan but thats not it could it be the timeing seal? i have my heads that are leaking on both sides and i bought new heads and new springs and seals but do i have to bore the new valves so they fit on the cylinder head perfectly? the ranger only has 60k miles and its giving me problems.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:19 AM
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Default Re: Blown Head Gasket 96 ranger

I have a 96 ranger 4.0 and i have oil leaking by the oil pan but thats not it could it be the timeing seal? i have my heads that are leaking on both sides and i bought new heads and new springs and seals but do i have to bore the new valves so they fit on the cylinder head perfectly? the ranger only has 60k miles and its giving me problems.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:13 PM
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if you buy the Alabama cylinder heads it comes with the springs and valves installed
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:30 AM
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Default Re: Blown Head Gasket 96 ranger

I have my valves put in the head with new springs and keepers and retainer. My question was about the oil leaking by the oil pan but i inspected it and it looks like its coming from somewhere else and i cant tell unless i take the engine apart what do i do?
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