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Old 04-08-2007
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Icon4 DRIVEABLE? Assistance please..

So heres the deal, I posted a question a month or so back relating to leaking antifreeze. The problem was that I was driving my truck (4.0L V6 93 Ranger XLT) when I noticed that I was leaking coolant. It seemed to be running down along air filter and engine, and making a puddle just about directly under the engine. It doesn't look like its coming from the reservoir, although there is a little around it from time to time. I was told that it was more than likely a loose hose, or one in need of a replacement. I asked if it would damage it any further to drive it, and was told other than wasting the coolant, no. I recently drove it with a virtually full reservoir, and by a half an hour, it was not only empty, but there was a lot of steam coming from beneath the hood (I would assume just from the very hot coolant dripping?).
I don't know what would be best. I'm in broke mode, so I don't want to take it to a mechanic, but need to fix it....
Any suggestions....?
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Also I just hit 60K miles, so I'd like a tune up, think they'd fix it during that?
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Being a leak of that magnitude, I say you have a leaky or split hose for sure. I know a common problem with the 3.0L's is the water pump seal will retract when the engine cools causing the coolant to leak out.
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i would no longer drive the truck. It is under warranty so they should fix it as long as its a defect in the hose or seal. If you off roaded and punctured something its abuse and not covered. as to a tune up its not needed the plugs and all last to 100K at 60k they do a trans service oil filters and fluid changes not sure what else its been so long
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Okay, is the Hose a difficult self fix, or expensive mechanic fix?
Also would a 3 hour drive back to my parents house be out of the question?
I can't do much with it where its located...
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with no coolant, the steam you see is the engine over-heating, and it is not safe to drive it back unless you fill the resevoir and stop along the way to add to it (not letting it run empty)
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depending on which hose it is it could probably be an easy fix... but on the other hand... if it is somthing more major then it could be difficult. i would fill the radiator and the resovoir and then let it get warm then try to find where the leak is.. then you can determine the difficulty of the problem
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i agree with levelII fill it up and run the truck and crawl under if you can take a pic of it post here if you dont see its a hose... Most hoses are pretty easy with a decent screwdriver or 1/4" drive ratchet/socket set if its the water pump or something like that well time to beg mom and dad to lend ya the money if youre not mechanically inclined
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It could also be a seal that let go. Hoses are really easy to replace too.
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dont run it hot you will blow both head gaskets and youll be better off replacing the engine
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