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Old 07-16-2011
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HELP 93 4.0 V6 Blown Head Gasket?

I just put a new water pump in the ranger today along with a new Fan, Fan Clutch and Belt......I started it up heard a weird noise and now there's Coolant dripping out kinda by the Crank Gear Pulley and its running down from somewhere....

Not sure if I want to know but it has to be bad?
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Old 07-17-2011
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Could it actually be a cracked head? Its either that or the Head Gasket is Blown....Master Rebuild kits are actually pretty cheap when compared to buying something else new and even used. This truck still runs great..I'm a mechanic at work but we don't tear down engines, I think I could do it, I got a Repair Manual and all I'd just take my time and follow all the instructions to exact detail. A New head from ford is a pretty decent price too....

My question is is it it worth it or is it a Nightmare or not that bad to get a master rebuild kit with rods, bearing ect and all the new seals for Manifolds, Crank Shaft, head Gasket Ect and just rebuild it?
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I Would go back and check all bolts on the water pump. I had a similar issue with my 92 3.0 turned out to be a lil piece of junk got under the gasket. DO use prematext gasket sealer!! Tighten bolts in the proper order!
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Old 07-25-2011
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Hey Jeff, thanks for the reply....It wasn't the water pump gasket because I could see it plain as day, it was actually in the end the lower intake leaking around the water ports where the Silicone is used....

I got her all fixed up today, it ran kinda rough at first, probable because of the brake clean I used to clean some soot out of the intakes and the fact that when I blew the Intake Gasket back in Dec it had been sitting for about 7 Months on damn near empty with Low grade fuel in it the whole time......It ran great then the check engine light came on and it died...I had about half a gallon of gas for the lawn mower that I dumped in there and it started right up again and light went out so In the morning I'm going to run to the store get some High Grade Gas and fill it up enough to get it to the gas station and I will use some Fuel additive to clear some of the junk I left behind....

I changed the Oil and Filter...Then I'm going to clean the throttle body, and maybe get a new pcv valve and IAC Valve and get some premium plug wires and fancy plugs....I changed them just now with Autolite cheap one's to get by for the next few weeks but not the wires...

I don't want this headache again, I'm going to just put a bunch of New Stuff on this baby to keep it running good for another couple years and then I'll look for something Newer...
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Old 07-25-2011
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Update!!! Hopefully the last one, knock on wood...Truck runs like a dream!!! In all, New upper and lower intake gaskets, valve cover gaskets. New water pump, Cooling fan, fan clutch, belt, spark plugs, fresh oil and Filter. Cleaned the Throttle Body, IAC Valve, PCV Valve....It cleaned up the idle and this baby runs like when I bought it.....Success after a very stressful few days in the garage!!!
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Sweet ya got her running good again!! Looks like ya stayed on it and it paid off!! Keep running the same grade fuel ya been running. switching back and forth will dirty things up inside. Learned that with my 97 malibu. Thank god it was a chevy God rest its oil pump...lol
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I don't know if I agree with switching back and fourth making things dirty? I'd figure using cheap gas all the time would dirty things up? What I need to do is stay up on my Oil Changes, I let em slip sometimes a little too long.....My registration expired shortly after the truck went down so I have to get that up to date and We have a pressure washer at work and I'm going to give under the hood a bath....I'm kinda scared about pressure washing engines because the last time I did that to my talon I had years ago the Harmonic balancer that was going out that I didn't know about didn't like all the water and it went bye bye at work in the steam bay....

I think tomorrow I'm going to give her a bath and try and get some pics for this forum....
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