Originally Posted by SNOWBALL09
I have heard that when the timing belt breaks while the engine is running that damage to the valves can be seen as a common side affect.
I don't know that is what's causing your issue or not. Just throwing that out there as food for thought.
AFAIK, that's only with interference-type engines where the piston and valve paths can interfere with each other if they get out of sync, and the 2.3L from the '96 Ranger is not an interference engine (also AFAIK - I'm no expert.)
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