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Old 01-16-2010, 05:49 PM
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Hi , i got a 94 ranger that the seals are goin bad and was gonna buy a top end rebuild kit which i can get the whole kit including bolts for about $80 , Well yesterday on the way home my radiator hose decided to snap out of the plastic holster and so it hit my rotor on my air condition , short story is now i got a blown head gasket because it overheated badly , Well what im wonder is 2 things , 1st is considering i was already planning on buying a top end rebuild kit which included the gasket for the head shouldnt that be it to fix the problems im having ? , 2nd im looking at doing the work myself because i need to save money and everyone around is wantin to charge me $200 just in labor to do the job what i want to know has anyone on here had to do the same thing and is it easy to do just time consuming and do you happen to have pics of what you did or a list of what needs to be takin off in order

Hopefully looking at fixing this problem soon due to me bein out a vehicle now , just please someone who knows , any help you can offer let me know and i would greatly appreciate it , and i dont want to sell it either i got it for a very cheap price and around here you only get that chance every so often

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Old 01-16-2010, 06:02 PM
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Just replacing the head gaskets may not solve some problems. The heads could be slightly warped so you will need to have them checked.

As far as steps to do a top end rebuild you need to get a Chilton manual it can help you out. You will also need to get some torque wrench to properly put it back together
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:26 PM
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This might sound like a stupid question but how could i tell if the heads are warped like i said it overheated but as soon as i noticed it i stoped the engine immeditally or its possible for the heads to get warped that easily , If the heads arent warped then should there probably be no other problems once i replace the parts ?
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:30 AM
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also i just want to double check with you guys , i got a 2.3L 4 cylinder , does that mean i only have one cylinder head , and also does anyone know what it is made out of and how likely could it warp if immeditally after i noticed it , i kept the engine off
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:17 AM
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This might sound like a stupid question but how could i tell if the heads are warped like i said it overheated but as soon as i noticed it i stoped the engine immeditally or its possible for the heads to get warped that easily , If the heads arent warped then should there probably be no other problems once i replace the parts ?
A while back my my heater hose broke, and steam started pouring out. I was sitting at an ATM drive thru when it happened. I don't know if this is a similar problem, but fortunately nothing in the engine got bent out of shape so to speak.
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:13 AM
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Well basically what happened , which is what i mention , the plastic clip that keeps my top radiator hose in a safe place , the plastic clip broke so my hose got loose and my air conditioning pulley got a hold of it and made a big rip in it so all the antifreeze was leaking out , and then the next day brought it to a mechanic in the area cause i didnt live around there , and he got the truck started 2 times and noticed the overflow for the antifreeze was bubbling up and noticed grayish color on the inside of the oil cap so he said cracked head gasket , im just hoping i dont have a warped head , whats the easiest way to check if i have a warped head , the only good thing about this whole problem was that i already was about to get a top engine gasket set and that includes the head gasket all Fel-Pro products
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:01 PM
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You will need to take it to a shop, Where they will clean it up and check for cracks and to see if it is warped.
I think I read somewhere you can lay a straight edge and check with feeler gauge to see if it is warped. But there may be a crack you can`t see.
That`s alot of time and work if it is cracked,(been there don`t that)
Good luck with it
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:27 PM
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Any idea of a normal price to have my cylinder head checked and possibly fixed or is it worth it to get one from a junkyard , also does anyknow know is it made out of aluminum or cast iron or what
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:40 PM
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I think It cost 20 bucks at NAPA for them to tell me mine was cracked.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:02 PM
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is it worth it to buy another head from the junkyard for about $30
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:09 PM
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Well im gonna be starting the work on it finally tomarrow , i got the set came out to a little less then $100 for everything including bolts , i even bought a ford ranger mechanic book incase i have problems , because this is first time takin this apart , i know i need a torque wrench i dont even know if the book says it but do you guys know what it needs to be torqued to

As far as the head i just want a second opinion , if i check the warping with a straight edge and found out its warped it it worth it to get another from a junkyard or have it fixed and also is there any slight amount of warping that would be allowed or every little bit counts
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:27 PM
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my experience with a bad head gasket has been this....80 dollars for a machine shop to clean and test the heads for cracks, it was cracked so i had to buy another one. if it is just warped a good machine shop can "deck" the heads for a small fee. its usually cheaper than buying a new head, and you can usually get them to install the valve guide seals while its there. i think its a smart choice if theres any question regarding if its worth it or not. no point in rebuilding and putting all that time in it if you cant tell if the parts are good. you can do the labor, most manuals are pretty clear, and then take the heads in. dont dissasemble the heads (valve train) let them do it. its not a tough job, its just time consuming(the whole head gasket job). if your comfortable with the task by all means get in touch with your truck, listen to it, feel it, love it! but for real, i think its not too difficult, just follow the manual and if theres something you forget, theres plenty of people here to help! All the torque values should be listed in the manual you purchased. I wouldnt buy another head from a junkyard unless they can garantee that its usable, no cracks and not warped. if they cant promise that, walk away, for 30 dollars id say its a good chance they want to sell you a paper weight.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:53 PM
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Well thanks for all you advice , as far as the junkyard its lkq they got a few locations around the states and i got told they check the vehicles meaning the engine and everything , and it comes with a 30 day guarentee , but i gotta pull it myself off the truck , and of course doin all that work i dont want to put on a junk head , so hopefully its not warped or not cost much to fix
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:46 PM
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I have a 1994 Ford Ranger.One day I went out to drive it and it would not go into reverse.I put more transmission fluid in it but that didn't help.What do you think it is?It is an automatic and it goes forward!!! Thanks for any help Sandy
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:55 PM
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