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Old 11-08-2010
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1990 2.3 head gasket ?

My 1990 Ranger has been running rough at random for the past couple months, Recently I replaced the t-stat because the truck runs very cool (bareley passes the C on the gauge)
that had no effect on the temp ... I have very hot heat though. Today I noticed under the coil there was a trace of coolant leaking along the block....I found this because I have been loosing coolant. I have no oil/coolant mixture and no pressure coming through the overflow tank...no smoke of any kind from exhaust, coolant is not dirty at all. Engine has 190K and all hoses and T-fitting have been replaced... Could this be a head gasket ?

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Old 11-09-2010
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just found it, coming from a small hole in the rear of the t-stat housing...
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Old 11-11-2010
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My '96 2.3 runs cool all the time too. I'm the original owner, and it has done that since day 1. I've replaced the thermostat a couple times over the years and it never helped. I've just accepted that its designed that way.
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Yep my 2.3 runs cold to have changed thermostats even tried the motorcraft brand stats still no change.
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