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Replaced heads after overheating problem, Water and steam coming from dip stick. What did I do wrong?

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    Mary Dec 06, 2016

    The job was done on a 1999 ford ranger xl, OHC 4cy. I replaced the head with a brand new one, as the other was damaged from the overheating. Also installed a new radiator.

  • Randy Ohler Dec 07, 2016

    If it had low miles,around 100,000. Would have gone with a head. At 200,000 I would have said replace the engine. A good indication that the piston rings are bad. Is to remove the oil fill cap when it is running. If oil is spitting out, there bad. Some covers don't let that happen, so old you hand about 12 inches above the oil fill. If you feel air pressure, the rings are bad.

  • Randy Ohler Dec 07, 2016

    Thing is if it got so hot to crack the head, it could have cracked the block also.

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Several possibilities..wrong gasket, maybe installed incorrectly, head bolts maybe stretched or not at correct torque, possibly the block deck wasn't cleaned properly, or the heads could be warped or cracked from the overheating.

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Took it to the wrong person. Year make model and mileage makes a big difference on head jobs. Condensation happens in all engines, So what Tim said could be the problem. You don't give enough info. I fit is water/steam, the oil level will rise and turn to a tan color. That would be Tim,s scenario. If you just see what looks like steam, you most likely did a head job on an engine that was to worn out. blew out the rings on the pistons.

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