I have a 2001 Ford Ranger 3.0 with 140k miles, been a great truck and owned it for a about 3 years. It overheated with my mom once about a year and a half ago and I flushed the radiator and put all new coolant in it. The coolant doesn't stay clean very long it turns brown. Fast forward to last week, I let my wife drive it to pickup some stuff from town and it over heats on her on the way home. She makes it home and It was slightly low on coolant and I topped it off. I go to work the next day extra early to buy some parts for a tune up and as soon as I get on the freeway I start losing power immediately. I got my pedal to the floor and my speed is decreasing so I merge off the next off ramp. I could hear something squeaking really loud from the engine inside the cabin. Right after that the truck died and I coasted into a parking lot. I had it towed home and it won't start it cranks but sounds like there is no compression at all. There is also all this brown **** blown all over the engine bay which looks like coolant/oil thats been mixed together and has dried into a powdery residue.
I tried my best to take some pictures of the aftermath. Now whats crazy is I'm super **** about clean engine bays and a week before this mess happened you could eat off the engine bay it looked like it pulled right off the dealer lot.
Coolant Reservoir is totally full of nasty brown ****
I'm not sure if I should just buy a headgasket kit and try and replace or source a new engine, never had this happen to any of my vehicles before so not sure on the best solution.