Water in #2 cylinder, need Help Please!
I want to start by saying I have performed many internet searches looking for the answer to this question. I have found a lot of good information but nothing that is specific to my problem. I hope someone reading this can help me out. I have a 2005 Ranger XLT 3.0L that will not start. It tries but just can't. So anyway here is where I'm at. I reached a point that I thought it was a blown head gasket. No antifreeze in the oil, unable to test whether the antifreeze will blow out of the radiator, and unable to do a compression check on the cylinders. Ok, here is why. I removed the radiator because it was leaking. I found the leak after doing a flush. I also have all the plug wires and plugs out. The plastic air intake has been removed revealing the holes that go into the head cover. That is how I found moisture or water in cylinder #2. Now if it had been antifreeze I would have thought for sure it was the head gasket but remember I just did the flush and ran into the leak before I put antifreeze back in it. I talked with a mechanic and he suggested that I may have a crack in the plastic air intake. So I'm not sure where to go from here. Do I put it all back together so I can do the checks? I have tried to get all the water out of cylinder #2 by turning over the motor and forcing the piston to push it out. I did see good amount of rust colored water come out of only #2. I do realize I might have a burn out in the head gasket between cylinders but, is it really possible it may be as simple as a crack in the plastic air intake? I was thinking if I did put the plastic air intake back on and I got it started that wouldn't tell me if there was a crack. I do know I could check for a vacuum leak with something like starting fluid or carb. cleaner. The problem there thought is I haven't put the radiator back in yet so I couldn't run it long. I figured I would leave it out because it gives me more area to work if I do have to get into the motor. Is it possible to have the plastic air intake checked for leaks? I'm stuck at where to go from here. I need help with this one. Can anyone give me some advise?
Last edited by pellis10asee; 09-08-2013 at 06:41 PM.