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Old 04-29-2010, 08:51 PM
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Hi all , im back last time i posted on here i had to get another engine for my 94 ranger and i just started driving it again , and i drove it for just a little bit yesterday and when i got back home i heard a loud noise coming from under the engine

It ended up being that for some reason the thing first off sounded like bubbling from the overflow and i realized that the radiator fluid in the overflow was never replaced so it was very old and brown , so im gonna get rid of that asap , but it was trying to suck up the fluid and i ended up taking the plastic thing off the top of the overflow , and on my radiator cap i have the thing to let steam out , so i used it and with the hose not connected to the overflow , once i did it a ton of steam came out and then liquid after that

Basically my questions are , is that normal to suck up that much fluid or was it due to the engine being very hot and also could the other reason be because of the ba radiator fluid in the overflow caused it to be so hot

Please let me know , im hoping its something stupid or if its normal
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:42 PM
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Default Re: Sucking alot of radiator fluid

Best advice run it through a shop and get a radiator flush done and have them look at the thermostat of the truck as well.

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Old 04-29-2010, 09:51 PM
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well ill check the levels in the morning , obviously if its low then that probably is the reason right ? , how can i tell if the thermostat is bad and were on a 94' would it be

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Old 05-02-2010, 09:33 AM
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well ill check the levels in the morning , obviously if its low then that probably is the reason right ? , how can i tell if the thermostat is bad and were on a 94' would it be
follow the upper radiater hose to the engine block the tstat will be in that housing On mine you remove the housing with 2 bolts I think they are 8mm the tstat is in the housing. get a new gasket also for it........ONLY REPLACE WITH A MOTORCRAFT TSTAT......FLUSH AND DRAIN THESYSTEM........
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:36 AM
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Hi all , im back last time i posted on here i had to get another engine for my 94 ranger and i just started driving it again , and i drove it for just a little bit yesterday and when i got back home i heard a loud noise coming from under the engine

I reread the post............Who put the engine is is there a warranty. Did it ever run correct with the new engine.....you could have a bad radiator or waterpump also....
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:01 PM
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Default Re: Sucking alot of radiator fluid

leaking hose?
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:51 AM
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Default Re: Sucking alot of radiator fluid

Well i replaced my top hose and i looked at the levels and it went down again

Going to replace the bottom hose , but if not bottom hose or top hose , what else could be the cause for this to happen

I was thinking that i couldnt have been to many things , i didnt know if a dirty or bad temp guage could be the cause for the problems aswell

My radiator was tested and they said it was find and didnt find any leaks
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:01 AM
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Default Re: Sucking alot of radiator fluid

Well its possible the system was just never filled to begin with. You should just go to a shop or a jiffy lube that can do a complete flush and fill. You should also get a new radiator cap.

Once you have that, you'll have a much better handle on if something else is wrong.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:06 AM
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Well its possible the system was just never filled to begin with. You should just go to a shop or a jiffy lube that can do a complete flush and fill. You should also get a new radiator cap.

Once you have that, you'll have a much better handle on if something else is wrong.
+1 on maybe never being filled..........if you are losing coolant it is going somewhere, on the ground, into the engine(is your oil level going up), evaporating( can you smell coolant). look along the firewall where the heater hoses are

A bad temp gauge would not make the truck lose coolant
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:18 PM
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Default Re: Sucking alot of radiator fluid

What do you mean by the system might have not been filled up

What i have done recently was empty what little radiator fluid that was in the radiator and i cleaned out the radiator by running water through it , with the hoses disconnected and then i put in new coolant

The weird thing is , i dont believe i recall seeing fluid on the ground and im not sure about evaporated , and i even put water in the overflow and everytime i turn the engine off i hear a sucking sound which is coming from the overflow

I didnt know if the temp guage could be faulty and cause more fluid to go into the engine or something

Going to get a replacement bottom hose and see what happens , once a get the new hose , meaning both hoses are new and i still have less fluid in the radiator then were could it have gone
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:24 PM
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Default Re: Sucking alot of radiator fluid

Stick some paper,cardboard etc under the lower rad hose overnight.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:45 PM
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Ill try that , like i said i didnt know what could be the cause for it to run very hot , thats why i assumed the thermostat might be faulty or something
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:24 PM
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I hate to say this but you need to take the truck to reputible shop and have someone qualified look at it. You do not seem to have the knowlege of how a cooling system works to properly diagnose it or follow along with what people here are telling you (or tell us what's happening). I'm not trying to be a dick, really. I'm trying to help you and I think this is the best bet to avoid causing more harm.
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:28 PM
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Default Re: Sucking alot of radiator fluid

If there is no external leak, and you are leaking coolant then you have an internal leak. It could be the head gaskets or intake manifold gasket. Chances are its a head gasket because I haven't really heard of anyone with bad intake gaskets on a Ranger.
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:30 PM
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I hate to say this but you need to take the truck to reputible shop and have someone qualified look at it. You do not seem to have the knowlege of how a cooling system works to properly diagnose it or follow along with what people here are telling you (or tell us what's happening). I'm not trying to be a dick, really. I'm trying to help you and I think this is the best bet to avoid causing more harm.
+1 with fireranger and I hate to say it also. I love helping peeps, but i am not sure if you have put the effort in to try and understand what is going on with your truck.....
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