Engine Cooling problem
2000 Ford Ranger 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 176000 miles
Returning from trip - after about 200 miles the engine started to heat up. Before that all fine and had AC on. I pulled over and put the heater on full blast to draw heat. Instead of heat coming in to the car the air was still cold as if the AC was on. So-I could not run the heater to pull heat off engine - seemed to be doing the opposite. Then smoke smell from heater-AC vents so turned car off and then lots of smoke/steam from under hood. Had it towed to a nearby repair shop. I told them it might be a thermostat as getting cold air when heater on was odd. There was a clicking sound - periodic - before the problem appeared. Thus, I thought maybe a water pump. Shop called and I am being told there was a big leak in radiator which needs to be replaced ($660) and they will then check on the block and other things that could also be wrong.
I am OK with that as I have a lot of miles on it, but it sounds odd where the problem was not gradual - and also concerned because they told me oil also needed changing because it was very dirty but I had just changed it two weeks before. I guess that triggered a degree of distrust but who knows. Any ideas? Thanks. - Oh, also had the fan clutch assembly replaced about two months ago.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 AT 5:03 PM