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Old 11-23-2010
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I am: Chris Lee
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Cylinder head.

So My truck started clicking out of nowhere. Listened to it and it sounded like the noise was coming from the timing belt cover...So i figured, she's at 140k probably time for a timing belt/water pump change. Got the new timing belt on and water pump and fired her up and then all you hear is CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK....way louder than before. Had the mechanic from the family shop come over to check it out and says its a bad valve. Pull the head, take it to machine shop. CRACKED CYLINDER HEAD.....NOT REPAIRABLE. ****. What are my options. I called all the salvage yards and nobody has this head or this motor, its as if they do not exist. And if one pops up somebody grabs it. .... Do they make a performance head? Does this happen all the time with this motor. Also as you can see in pics below there is a small gouge about 1/2in Lx 1/4in Wx 2mm deep in the top of #4 piston. Is this something I should worry about? Uncle is a master auto tech and he says no big deal. Do these engines EFF up all the time or what? Thought this thing was a steal for 1500 and now I have nothing but headaches. .... Enlighten me ranger lovers. This is a 97 ranger....98 2.5 4cyl motor, 5 speed MT, 31" tires, spindle/shackle lift. Any other mod suggestions Ideas welcome. I like the truck and wanna keep it just wanna make it better. I also need to find the torque specs for putting it back together once I get the head situation handled.

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