Timing and new brakes
Well I purchased an 88 ranger 4-cylinder last fall and drove it though the winter (we got 89 inches of snow). Since it made it through the winter I figured I might as well do some maintenance on it. This past weekend my neighbor has a timing light so we did the timing on it and it was about 4-6 degrees off! Setting that back already made it run a ton better. Then he noticed one of my vacuum lines wasn't hooked up and fixed that so now the engine is just purring. Put new rotors, pads and bearings on...the old rotors had some major run out and the bearings had no grease in them and were days from seizing up.
Took my baby for a spin and I cant believe I didn't do this last fall and ran it like s*** all winter! It is a complete night and day difference and I actually feel safe driving it. Not to mention it can get up to hi way speed in under 2 miles. All this for the 156.00 dollars in parts. I called around and just for the brake job without new bearings was 350.00, 300.00, and 650.00. Saved some serious money!
I love actually having a vehicle I can work on! Also replaced the heater core that leaked coolant all over my passenger floor and now for the first time I also have pressure in the coolant system which is making the engine run much cooler.
All together I went from getting 16mpg to about 24mpg. Definitely am going to keep the 88 ranger for some time now!