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I have a 1996 Ford Ranger that had an occaisional tick from what I assumed was a lifter while in the first minute of starting up. Last night she ran hot on the way home and started ticking like crazy when I got home it was out of coolant so I filled and checked oil (full and good color) this a.m. it won't lose the tick and is running hot again. I'm assuming this is a major lifter issue. Is my ranger dying a grizzly death? or is this something they can fix without being more than the vehicle is worth?

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