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Old 06-16-2011, 11:10 AM
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Default Liquid additive Head Gasket fix. Yes/No?

#&@!! Well I believe I just might have a blown head gasket after all. Been doing a little work on the Ranger....New cap....new thermostat...thought I fixed the problem. Overflow tank remained at the same level....heater's gauge worked normal.Doesn't bounce up anymore..doesn't go near "H" at all either. No more gurgling noise under the hood when I shut it off after a long drive.
No white smoke coming out of the exhaust. No bubbles observed in radiator when I first start it up...(but the fluid level does rise and pour out a minute or two later.) I mean for two days it performed normally...I thought I cured it.
2 days later This morning before starting it, I popped off the radiator cap and "GROSS"!
What I saw under the cap in and in the radiator was a thick brown sludge. I can only describe it as a double chocolate milk shake. I hear thats a good sign the head gasket is indeed blown.
So I can't repair that myself. I don't have the room...can't afford to have it professionally done...And I just can't be without my truck for very long. Life sucks.
I was wondering if anyone tried the Blue Steel(?) or other lqd gasket fixes with good results? Will it at least buy me some time?
One more thing. The coolant I added says "Safe with any color." It was green. My Rangers was orange. It was the only thing I could fine...Any thought here?
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:24 AM
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hmmmm, well, you should not have had orange coolant to begin with. I believe that if it the dex-cool it eats the head gasket material. This may be the cause of your head gasket problem. I dont trust that gasket seal junk. It prolly wont work and may cause more damage
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:48 AM
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From factory Ford used a tan color coolant. It can be easy to mistake this for orange, but there is a definite difference.

As for the liquid fix, don't trust it. Unfortunately, you have oil in your coolant now, and maybe coolant in your oil. Your truck isn't safe to drive at this point because you risk damaging the engine. No amount of liquid additive is gonna fix your truck, because that stuff is usually meant to cure head gasket breaks elsewhere besides between the oil and coolant passages.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:51 AM
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#&@!! Well I believe I just might have a blown head gasket after all. Been doing a little work on the Ranger....New cap....new thermostat...thought I fixed the problem. Overflow tank remained at the same level....heater's gauge worked normal.Doesn't bounce up anymore..doesn't go near "H" at all either. No more gurgling noise under the hood when I shut it off after a long drive.
No white smoke coming out of the exhaust. No bubbles observed in radiator when I first start it up...(but the fluid level does rise and pour out a minute or two later.) I mean for two days it performed normally...I thought I cured it.
2 days later This morning before starting it, I popped off the radiator cap and "GROSS"!
What I saw under the cap in and in the radiator was a thick brown sludge. I can only describe it as a double chocolate milk shake. I hear thats a good sign the head gasket is indeed blown.
So I can't repair that myself. I don't have the room...can't afford to have it professionally done...And I just can't be without my truck for very long. Life sucks.
I was wondering if anyone tried the Blue Steel(?) or other lqd gasket fixes with good results? Will it at least buy me some time?
One more thing. The coolant I added says "Safe with any color." It was green. My Rangers was orange. It was the only thing I could fine...Any thought here?
at this point its on respirators. but to answer your question, my brother and law had liquid headgasket fix applied to their 1997 z24 and it held up pretty god for about 5 days but then it went back so its really a temporary fix.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:31 PM
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So it's oi?
F@#K!! Son of a...
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:12 PM
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fix it right. it will save you money in the long run.
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Old 06-28-2015, 11:31 AM
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Four years and 1800 bucks later the Ranger is up and running again. You'd think a big ol strong professional machanic wouldn't be so afraid of a few black widows. Right?
Anyway I had to get a the heads worked on and a rod replaced. One spark plug. A new water pump, a sensor, thermostat, and a new battery as well. He did throw in a free oil change. Only because he forgot to add it on the bill.
But it's nice to drive the ol girl again.
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Old 06-28-2015, 12:18 PM
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Dang 4 years!?! But that's good it's going again!
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I was wondering if anyone tried the Blue Steel(?) or other lqd gasket fixes with good results?
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:54 PM
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General consensus of headgadket sealer is to STAY AWAY. Does more damage than good.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:18 AM
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Bite the bullet, replace the gasket. Take the time, do it right the first time
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