94 ranger overheating/no heat problem
A few months ago my ranger started leaking coolant badly. Had a a new radiator, water pump, radiator cap, upper an lower radiator hoses, and thermostat replaced. It kept overheating with a factory degree thermostat so I said screw it and put in a 160 degree thermostat. It kept the engine cool, just barely above the line marked fr the normal range. As its been cold and the lower degree thermostat wasn't giving much heat to the cab, I switched back.
And it's began once again! It started running perfect. Went to the middle of the temperature gauge, blasting warm to hot air into the cab, then to **** it went. I noticed it was blowing cold air. Almost like I had the window open to the 30 degree temps outside. Looke down and sure enough, the gauge is going up on the dash. Pull over several times to cool it off to limp it home. Let it cool off and fill the radiator and let it run an fill it again.
Now I have put 2 gallons of coolant into the radiator and can keep putting more in after every time it drives. It still overheats and blows cold air into the cab. I did notice some coolant under the hood on the right side by the battery that looks like it sprayed out.
My questions are what could be wrong now? I have a whole new cooling system and this still keeps happening. Why is the 160 thermostat holding a steady temp on the dash and giving me lukewarm air while the two 195 degree thermostats cause it to overheat with no warm air at all? C˘uld I have leak somewhere else? Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated at this point. If this keeps up, I'll be bald at 27 years old from all the hair this truck is causing me to pull out!