My old truck has lost its power. It barely makes it up hills these days. I look in the rear view mirror and they are a lot of angry people behind me on these hills. I have my pedal to the metal, but still NO POWER. Some say have a compression test, and then I think it may be bad injectors, since this is one of the few parts I have never had replaced in our 18 year relationship. She has about 350,000 miles on her I guess. I am a senior citizen living off of Social Security. Needless to say I need to make the repairs myself. - Much Oblige
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Re: 1988 Ford Ranger 2.3
It sounds like your truck has a lot years under it, and would benefit greatly from a compression check, this will give you a good idea on what to do next. If you don't get the check, than you would have to start with the upper/lower intake gaskets and the cylinder head gaskets, making sure these are healthy. It sounds to me like you may need a rebuild, the piston rings might have had all they can take. Start with a compression test, even if you have to call around to find a cheaper place to do it.
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