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Old 04-12-2011, 12:39 PM
mayhem69 mayhem69 is offline
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Default temp. fix for blown head gasket?

Hi, i am trading my truck in soon for a new truck. A few weeks ago it was running pretty good and was not yet diagnosed it needed a head gasket. Now it is missing badly and i am getting worried about the trade in time.
I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT with a 3.0 v6 2wd , auto if that matters.
I did buy a $10 container of that silicone stuff you add the the radiator but it didn't do anything at all.
I received 4,300 trade in for this pos. Now with it running so badly i am getting scared about screwing my trade in value for it.
I need a temporary fix.
Any ideas?
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:26 PM
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There isnt any, and that stuff you poured in gums up your cooling system. The only real fix for a bad head gasket is a new head gasket.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:31 PM
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Default Re: temp. fix for blown head gasket?

exactly.. the head gaskets arent expensive.. i bought mine for 38 bucks for the exact same truck you have.. theyre just really really labor intensive..
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:34 PM
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Default Re: temp. fix for blown head gasket?

How positive are you that it is a blown head gasket? And if it is a blown head gasket then there is the chance that you need a new head which will extremely decrease the trade in value cause heads arent cheap, unless you find one in a junk yard.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:52 PM
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Default Re: temp. fix for blown head gasket?

I'd try one of those $70 bottle of head gasket fix sold at auto parts stores.

Just follow the directions and use it correctly. On most you have to remove the t-stat, flush the system, and run it with only water for a long time.

Then drain and refill with anti-freeze and add your t-stat.

I'd give it a shot if I were in your shoes.. Not much to lose except $60 or so.
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:40 PM
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Default Re: temp. fix for blown head gasket?

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I'd try one of those $70 bottle of head gasket fix sold at auto parts stores.

Just follow the directions and use it correctly. On most you have to remove the t-stat, flush the system, and run it with only water for a long time.

Then drain and refill with anti-freeze and add your t-stat.

I'd give it a shot if I were in your shoes.. Not much to lose except $60 or so.
thanks tommy
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:46 PM
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thanks tommy
You think a circulating liquid in your cooling system will create a seal barrier between your coolant jacket and combustion chamber thats under compression? Don't pour junk in the radiator. It wont work and might make things worse.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:04 PM
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Default Re: temp. fix for blown head gasket?

pour some quick fix junk in, hope it works while you over heat the truck and break something else.. sounds logical right?
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:36 PM
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Default Re: temp. fix for blown head gasket?

Is that $4300 in writing?
If not, I say you're gonna take a hit on it - either by spending the money to get it fixed or by the trade in value dropping.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:36 PM
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Default Re: temp. fix for blown head gasket?

Don't Jew someone man because it will come back and bite you in the ass.


Fix it right.

Drain the oil and water.

Take off the head.

Clean old gasket off the block.

Put new gasket on.

Torque bolts back how they suppose to be.

Put in new oil and water. YOU MAY HAVE TO DRAIN THE OIL AND POUR IN NEW OIL BEFORE THE WATER IS ALL OUT!

You keep driving it like it is with the bad head gasket and it will eventually start making the bearings go out and then you will be up shit creek.


Don't waste $70 on that gasket fixer upper. Get the real gasket. Man up and take the head off!

Better go through all the work than come back and have a bad name about you.


BTW, what are you trading for? A CHEBBY?
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:50 PM
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Don't Jew someone man because it will come back and bite you in the ass.



BTW, what are you trading for? A CHEBBY?
Wow, really? Both those comments.


I'm a Jew, and I make a LOT of parts sales at my job, never had anyone tell me they felt they got Jewwed by me. We haggle every deal too.





That being said:

Yea fix the head gasket, don't pour more crap in it that will only make it harder for whoever does change it.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:45 AM
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Default Re: temp. fix for blown head gasket?

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I need a temporary fix.
Like a lot of people have said so far. There is no temporary fix.

Fix it right. Most places will do a mechanical inspection when you bring it in. If you fix it right, you will get a good trade in. If you do little temp fixes, you are going to wreck your trade in value and they are not going to give you anything close to $4,300.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:16 AM
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Default Re: temp. fix for blown head gasket?

I'm one of the guys who suggested one of the bottle fixes.

I had bad head gaskets on my 3.0 - and changed them the correct way.. But let's be honest. If you don't have a ton of mechanical knowledge..You might not want to go tearing into it - and paying a shop will probably be pretty expensive unless you know someone.

Some of the higher end/more expensive bottle fixes have decent reviews. I would research them and select one that is the most highly reviewed. I'd follow the instructions to a "T" and go for it. Even if it holds for a few months, a year or two.. That might be good enough for this guy's situation.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:44 PM
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I'm one of the guys who suggested one of the bottle fixes.

I had bad head gaskets on my 3.0 - and changed them the correct way.. But let's be honest. If you don't have a ton of mechanical knowledge..You might not want to go tearing into it - and paying a shop will probably be pretty expensive unless you know someone.

Some of the higher end/more expensive bottle fixes have decent reviews. I would research them and select one that is the most highly reviewed. I'd follow the instructions to a "T" and go for it. Even if it holds for a few months, a year or two.. That might be good enough for this guy's situation.
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:03 AM
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I'm one of the guys who suggested one of the bottle fixes.

I had bad head gaskets on my 3.0 - and changed them the correct way.. But let's be honest. If you don't have a ton of mechanical knowledge..You might not want to go tearing into it - and paying a shop will probably be pretty expensive unless you know someone.

Some of the higher end/more expensive bottle fixes have decent reviews. I would research them and select one that is the most highly reviewed. I'd follow the instructions to a "T" and go for it. Even if it holds for a few months, a year or two.. That might be good enough for this guy's situation.
But he isn't keeping the truck, he is trading it in.

If he was going to be keeping it, that might be alright. By doing a temp fix, he is just doing is screwing over the future owner of the truck. A temp fix is just temporary.

No matter what mayham69 is going to do. He should disclose that there is or was a problem. It is the ethical thing to do.
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