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Old 09-25-2009
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3.0 with major problems

Hey everyone I just recently purchased a 92 Ford Ranger. It needs some help. After the trans blew out I decided to put a trans in it. I left the mid-pipe/y pipe in the bed of the truck someone stole it for the catalytic converter (I guess). so after I put a trans in it I decided to get all new exhaust put on at a local muffler shop. been driving the truck around with open headers on back roads. Anyway the truck started overheating because a freeze plug came out of the engine below the exhaust manifold and lost all coolant. So I put a new freeze plug in it and the thing is blowing water out the exhaust and smoke is coming from the radiator. Do you think the head gasket is blown? Would a compression test confirm this? Also how hard is it to do headgaskets with the motor still in the truck? Thanks
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Head gasket is probably gone. You can do a leak down test to check. You should be able to change them out in the truck.

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Old 10-15-2009
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Sounds to me like the coolant is gettin into the engine block. Check and see if there is oil in the coolant.
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