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Re: 1988 ford ranger overheating
Sounds like you may need to flush your water coolant system. you should test your antifreeze to make sure it is the correct level and solution. Ether way it sounds like you need to fluch your radiator.
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Many possible causes. Leak can be when you drive, but not show on your driveway. The heater could be leaking into the passenger area, though you'd likely smell the "maple syrup" smell of anti-freeze.
It's also possible that you have a head gasket leak into the coolant, causing the overheating, and blowing some of your coolant out. Get a compression test on the cooling system, and a compression check on the cylinders.
SOUND LIKE ENGINE OVERHEATING.USE A INFRA THERMOMETER ENGINE TEMPERATURE SHOULD NOT EXCEED 104 CELSIUS WHICH IS 220 DEGREES IF ENGINE EMPERATURE GOING OVER 230. THERMOSTAT STICKING PARTIALLY CLOSED,WATER PUMP FAILING CHECK WEEP HOLE IF LEAKING REPLACE WATER PUMP.FLUSH RADIATOR ,HEATER CORE, AND ENGINE BLOCK. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE 50 / 50 ANTI FREEZE AND WATER.MAKE SURE ENGINE EXHAUST NOT STOPPED UP BECAUSE EXHAUST SYSTEM ALSO TAKE HEAT AWAY FROM ENGINE.
It sounds like you have a clogged radiator. You need to flush it out . If it won't unclog you will need to replace it. Sometimes if you ever use stop leak in your radiator, you need to flush that out if you ever replace anti freeze or add more stop leak.
Remove radiator cap and start car and let it warm up to operating temp. Fill radiator where you can see the fluid with cap off. While looking at antifreeze gently give the engine a little gas and see if the antifreeze circulates by going down. If it doen't then it is either water pump, thermostat or a plugged up radiator. Good luck.
Sounds bad. Where is the transmission fluid going? I hope it's a leak and not getting into your antifreeze. DO NOT just run water.
Of course,change oil and filter to a good 10W30 synthetic to resist the heat (Pennzoil Platinum is good.
Now as to overheating.Change your thermostat(you need a thermostat in there) to make sure it isn't a problem.
Now as far as the leak...........you could pull the trans and fix the freeze plug(which is probably leaking) OR if it were mine and I wanted to postpone the expensive repair, I'd put a can of the liquid copper stop-leak in it(BAR'S LEAKS, I believe is the brand),then when it seals,drain the coolant out and after it cools, add pure concentrated antifreeze to achieve a 60/40 ratio. When you test your antifreeze it should show at least 45 below zero.
Do you think your radiator is plugged up? Could the fins be blocked with dirt or debris in front?
If you were running just water,it was probably boiling on you and that can ruin your engine because of air bubbles,voids.
If it IS a head gasket,you should see steady bubbles coming up the neck of the radiator,or the expansion tank even before it warms up.
the brown milky stuff is rust and you have mixed two different types of antifreeze together it formed a reaction,you will need to do a complete flush and top up with the correct antifreeze for your engine asap.DO NOT MIX ETHYLENE GLYCOL WITH ANY OTHER TYPE OF ANTIFREEZE..........
car overheated.after it cools off try to start it again, if it dont start...check oil and see if it lookd like water is in it(milky)....if the oil looks like its milky or sludgy ..you may have a cracked head...thanks
A car this new should have a warranty right? the only other place for anti-freeze to go is through a blown headgasket into your oil. Pull out your oil dipstick and make sure it is not milky in color. If not check behind the engine and see if any coolant lines going into the firewall are leaking. When inside the car do you smell steaming coolant(anti-freeze) or hear gurgling? The temp gauge that stays on is the overheat indicator?