Need expert knowledge and advice
I have a '96 2.3L Ranger. Has about 250k miles on it.
Recently, because of my negligence she overheated. There was no antifreeze in the engine. Next day, the car wouldn't start. I researched a bit. Did a compression test and found out I had low compression. Figured I had a problem with my cylinder head so I took it out and took it to a machine shop. I have just found out that the head is beyond repair due to cracks and what not. Also, one of the freeze plugs had a hole in it. Not sure how bad that really is. Anyway, the guy said he could order me a new head, but what I'm wondering is if my engine was that hot, how bad can the block be? The cylinders seem to be in pretty good condition, no rusting, and very smooth. How can I inspect the block and make sure ordering a new head won't be a waste of time and money?
The only bright side to not having a vehicle, I get to ride my bike everywhere and get strong legs, but it's gettin cold outside.
Let me know what you guys think!