Blown Head Gasket???
Ok, I'll explain fully to get a good answer. I have a 1996 Ranger Splash 3.0, the trucks
Odm stopped working about 5 or more years ago and and say's 288,000. So I'm sure it
has 300K to 350K miles on it. It over heated on me one day and found the water pump
finally went out. So I just replaced the timing chain cover gasket, water pump & gasket.
After doing that I decided to replace the plugs and bought some plugs. While taking the
plugs out I found that the #1 cylinder plug was missing the electrode and when I say
missing I mean it was gone. I put in the new plugs and it's been running fine for about two
weeks. Wasn't missing, leaking water or smoking. I drove it around on my days off and on
the way home it over heated again. Checked everything but couldn't find any leaks and
it wasn't blowing smoke at this time. I let the truck sit for a few days then did a flush on it
yesterday. It started smoking and got pretty heavy at times. I checked the oil and it's
good....no water mixing with it. Today I decided to do a compression test. I let it warm up,
took all the plugs out and sawc ylinder #1 had antifreeze comming out of it. So now I
know where all my water is going and that I'm buring water and not oil. All cylinder's show
about the same amount of compression 175. Even the one thats burning the water. I'd
have thought it would have been lower than the others but I guess with water getting in the
cylinder it up's the compression like oil does. Now that I have given a full picture of whats
happened what do you guys say. BlownHead Gasket? Cracked Head? I'm ruling out
cracked block because no water in the oil. Now I know my options are either replace the
heads buy a used engine or buy a long block to put in it. What do you guy's think?