Help! My Ranger sounds like a semi-truck.
I have had my 1994 Ranger for over a year now, and when I bought it, I thought it was normal for an older vehicle to be obnoxiously loud when starting off but now I am starting to worry and wonder if there might actually be a problem (I'm assuming there is).
When I start the Ranger AND rev it at lower rpms, it is very loud, and it sounds like a semi-truck (if you have ever been next to an 18-wheeler at a red light and hear it take off, that's exactly what my little ranger sounds like). When I rev at higher rpms, and rev at higher rpms at higher speeds, it sounds like a normal motor with the mean low growl like motors do when you rev them hard. It seems to like to be louder when the engine is cold but I cannot confirm that statement 100%. The loud noise seems to be coming from the under the hood area somewhere, idk of it's the top, bottom, front, back, left or right - I can't pinpoint its location and I haven't had a helping hand to rev it up while I crawl under it so idk where it's coming from, just under the hood somewhere. It does not make the noise when idling as far as I can tell.
I tried googling this symptom and the majority of my results said something about a cracked exhaust manifold but none of the OPs came back to say what the problem ended up being. Then from there I tried googling exhaust leak noises and cracked manifold sounds, but the results were different. People were saying it would be a ticking noise, so now I'm posting my own thread and I am getting to the bottom of this thing one way or another.
I have heard vehicles make this loud obnoxious noise going down the street before, exactly like mine, and until I actually drove my own loud vehicle like this, I never really thought there might be a problem making this happen.