My 2004 Ford Ranger, automatic, 120,000 miles was towed to an autoshop but because its Sunday I have to wait till Monday for a full report. Im stressed out and cant wait till tomorrow.
So this is what happened:
I was driving my Ranger that I bought 2 months ago and got onto the High-way. After 5 miles I started to hear small rattling noises (like a coin taping on metal) and slight vibration from the pedal every time I accelerated. My truck was struggling to keep 70mph and than it started to struggle at 60 mph. Because there was a slight incline, I just thought it was just the ranger naturally struggling. I pressed the acceleration even harder until it couldn't even keep a 55 mph and pulled over.
From the time I started hearing the rattling noises to the time I pulled over to the side was around 6-10minutes. As I parked I noticed my temp guage at max and walked up to the front of the car and saw a small bit of white smoke coming out from the under the bonet.
I than stupidly locked myself out of the car
, so I couldn't open the bonnet until the a city highway tow car showed up 10 minutes later. The mechanic saw that my coolant reservoir was still 2/5s full and decided to open the radiator and only like 2 cups of coolant shot out. He waited 2 minutes and started to add around 2 gallons of water in increments to my radiator. The mechanic told me that my radiator pump may not be working cause I still had coolant in my reservoir and that everytime he added water to my radiator it would leak out at the bottom somewhere. He towed my car out of the highway which I then called AAA to tow me to a car shop.
The AAA mechanic turned on my engine to align my car to his tow car and from the sound my ranger made he told me that my engine was a goner and the best case scenario is that a gasket was blown.
I forgot to check the oil to see if it was milky or not.
Im not good with cars but I'm assuming that the gasket blew which made the rattling noise coming from my engine and the coolant from my radiator drained into my engine. The radiator pump wasn't working so there was still coolant in the reservoir. Again I dont know much about cars except how to change the engine and transmission oil and other that I have no Idea if my assumption is right or not.
what do you guys think?
Is my car engine totally gone?
Do I have to rebuild it? is it worth it? i bought it 2 months ago for 5.5k
Is it just the gasket???
I'm so stressed out and cant sleep on it.