1995 FORD RANGER COOLING SYSTEM

  • Tiny
  • wlewalt
  • 1995 Ford Ranger
  • 150,000 miles

My son was driving when he heard a strange noise from under the hood and what he thought was smoke. I later determined that it was steam that he saw. He said coolant was leaking all over the place, and after looking, I determined that the water pump had failed. I replaced the water pump and after checking the thermostat, it and the thermostat housing both needed replacing. After doing all of this work, I filled the radiator up with fluid and it wasn't leaking. I started the truck up and inspected again, nothing. I thought the problem was fixed but after ideling for about 5 minutes, I looked underneath and sure enough, was leaking fluid again. Looking through the beam of a flashlight, it appears that the fluid is coming from above and/or around the thermostat housing. I know it is sealed well, it was such a pain to get the damn thing back in, but I know it has. Or should have a good seal. Also, there is a knocking sound coming from the engine. Any ideas or suggestions would be very helpful. I checked the oil and couldn't see any water in it and checked the water coming out for the tell tale sign of a rainbow, indicating petroleum products, and couldn't find any. Thanks and I look forward to talking with you.

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 6:20 PM

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  • seangrant00
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What size engine is it? 2.3, 3.0, or 4.0L?

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 7:03 PM
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I'm sorry, it is a 2.3

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 7:07 PM
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I have attached a disclaimer from Ford about the thermostat housing that may be the problem. With the knocking noise, this could be the valves. BG oil sells a additive that suppresses the noise that can be added to the crankcase. Hope this helps! Let me know

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 7:15 PM
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Thank you but I didn't quit comprehend what I just read, and I read it a few times. Guess I'll take the damn thing apart, again to see if I can see what I'm looking at compared to what I'm reading in that disclaimer

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 7:24 PM
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Basically where the thermostat rests in the housing, the placement of the gasket is often on the wrong side and the water outlet has to be turned to seats correctly. I attached another image that gives definitions to each item.

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 7:34 PM
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Ok, I've got this apart again but am still a bit confused. Does the thermostat fit over the gasket or under it? I took some pictures to show what I'm looking at, can I send them to you? I'm starting to get real frustrated and would like to do it right this time. Thank you very much for your help

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Saturday, June 29th, 2013 AT 4:52 PM
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Yes you should be able to load them up on here

Here are some pictures of the system that are a little larger.

The gasket goes on the engine side.

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013 AT 11:33 PM

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