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Old 12-02-2009, 05:19 PM
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Well this is what happened. I'm driving in my 91 2.3 ranger. All the sudden I lose power. The truck starts shaking and sounds like an old mower I used to have. I could only find an abrupt burst of power over 3500 rpm. Luckily this got me home. When I got home it was blow'n white smoke BAD! I checked the oil and it doesn't look milky and the coolent is good. Could it be electrical. Or do I need a new motor. No Bueno.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:27 AM
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I'm guessing cracked head/blown head gasket. No bueno. A new (to you) head will be no more than $300. If it's only the gasket you can buy the short block gasket kit for less than $50.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:38 AM
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could definitly be the head but i have a question and i dont know the answer to it. Could those symptoms be casued by jumped timing? how old is the timing belt?
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:35 AM
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It's possible that the timing belt lost a rib and changed the timing. Easiest way to check timing is through plug holes on timing cover (IF you can see the timing marks - they get dirty and can be very hard to spot). If you have a cracked head/blown gasket you'll have to take the timing cover off anyways, so if the timing is the problem you'll be able to spot it before you take the head off.
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Old 02-02-2010, 08:16 AM
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Thanks for the feedback. It did end up being the head gasket. And Scotts prices were spot on. On to the next job.
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:11 PM
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Make sure to check the head or have it checked by a mechanic. Mine had tiny cracks between the valves in a few cylinders. Wouldn't hurt to get a valve job and have it resurfaced while you've got it off.
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