Just got back from the new Advance Auto store down the road with some update info and another issue being addressed!
I am now told Autolite also makes Motorcraft spark plugs which I just installed new a couple days ago. The design of the Motorcraft is different from the Autolite design that I pulled so this is a time will tell issue...but remember who made them! lol
Another issue I have been wrestling with is the botched head replacement several years ago which has left the front right cylinder burning oil. I picked six different stop leak brands off the shelf (the widest selection I have seen in ANY store!); and keeping in mind I have been trying different additives to stop that one cylinder from burning oil since the head replacements years ago (including "restore"); and took the arm full of bottles up to the checkout desk and said "tell me which one of these will stop my oil burning!".
The clerk said;"None of these!"; then walked to the back of the store and brought an 8 ounce bottle to me called "White Shepherd".
Anybody ever use it? I never heard of it; but then why would I....oil burning is not something that consumes my daily life; at least not until those heads were incorrectly replaced!
But if it was so good why hasn't one of my mechanics told me about it? There are many reasons which I won't address at this point; all of which will raise my blood pressure!
Here are the pertinent issues....the 8 ounces of CLEAR ODORLESS liquid is fully guaranteed so I get my 22 dollars back if it doesn't work. I am keeping the receipt!
After pouring in the oil filler tube I am running the engine for two hours straight as per manufacturer instructions....the engine is running in the driveway as I am typing this!
I will keep you posted on this but it will take awhile to see if the stuff works as advertised. The parts store manager has assured me I will be amazed!
We'll see about that. I won't pass judgement as yet!
There should be a law against selling crap that doesn't work! I've tried lots of different additives with suspect results; although the oil leak is much less now than after the head replacements; so I can't truthfully say they didn't work....they just didn't work well enough to completely stop the leak!
Here's hoping White Shephard isn't just another "also ran"!
There is also another unrelated issue which my mechanic has alerted me to....Ford's inability to make a properly aligned Ranger frame so tires will wear evenly! I always wondered why my tires always wore on the edges more than the middle even though they were properly in flated and "aligned". I watched the last garage alignment procedure from beginning to end finding nothing wrong with the process in theory; yet when I drove the truck afterward it pulled harder to the right than before the alignment!
I'm a hands-on kind of guy and when I get pissed there is hell to pay! So I pulled the left front wheel when I got home and readjusted the upper steering arm the way I thought it should be and now the front end nearly tracks true down the road with a very slight right pull. I am out of adjustment on the left side having moved the arms as far left as possible and rotated the square washers to the narrowest setting in allowance; so my next step at "perfect " alignment will be pulling the right front wheel and moving the upper arm slightly in. I expect that should fix the alignment problem. I will watch the tires for even wear which will be the proof I have done good!
O.K. everybody! Here's the update you've all been waiting for....is White Shephard the real deal? At this point some 3000 miles or so after putting it into the engine oil filler hole atop the engine I am finally seeing some results! The dipstick level is slowing recedence to a crawl! In addition I am watching the right tailpipe outlet become less carbon coated which also supports less oil consumption through the affected cylinder; so I can recommend White Shephard to anyone who wishes to put off head replacement and try sealing the internal damage with this product.
I have also had the transmission rebuilt to the tune of 2500 dollars and seems at this point a good investment as well at a local shop. All the negative posts online about dealerships and AAMCO drove me to a one-man-show a few miles down the road who apparently has done the work correctly; even more so than the Ford factory that assembled the transmission initially as the technician pointed out my end-play was over 30 thousandths and specs don't allow for more than 7 thousandths. This may be due to 125,000 miles of wear and tear, though; but I have always driven my vehicle with respect and have not had any accidents with it that could have caused physical trauma to the tranny. I suppose the jury will be out indefinitely as to why the excess play occurred....I recall I had to have the rear bearings replaced with around 60.000 miles on the vehicle which threw up a big red flag at the time making me think it must have been a bad day on the Ford assembly line when mine was lemonized.