99 Mountaineer rattling sound

Tiny
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I have a 99 mountaineer with 70,000 miles on it. Recently my car stalled out on the highway and upon opening the hood I saw there was no antifreeze and there was a little smoke coming from under the hood. I had it towed to a mechanic the next day as it continued to stall after adding antifreeze, and light smoke was coming from the oil shaft when I checked it as if it were burning. Mechanic stated I had faulty fuel pump and replaced it, along with full tune-up replacing plugs, changing fluids, etc. I got the truck back today and although it is running ok, acceleration is a bit slower than it was before, like I have to press the gas harder to get speed than I did before. Smoke still emits from the oil shaft, and I dont think that is normal, is it? An addition to that, there is a slight rattling/clanking noise when I first hit the acceleration, and then abates a little as I pick up speed. Also, when I am stopped at a light, the car shakes a little more than it used to, and gets that feeling like its about to stall although it hasn't yet. The mechanic said I might have a blown head gasket but he couldnt fix it. Could that be my problem? If so is it fixable? How much, and where should I take it?
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Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 AT 10:42 PM

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Tiny
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What city/state do you live in?
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Thursday, June 21st, 2007 AT 8:23 AM
Tiny
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I live in south orange, NJ
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Thursday, June 21st, 2007 AT 10:15 AM
Tiny
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Call one of these guys and explain the situation:

http://www.iatn.net/shopfinder/index.aspx?location=process&search_where=city&search_for=south+orange&search_radius=5&area=usa&spc=
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Thursday, June 21st, 2007 AT 12:04 PM
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Umm ok, I was hoping one of the pro's could give me a professional opinion, but I guess I will give these guys a call. Thanks.
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Thursday, June 21st, 2007 AT 4:57 PM
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Sorry, Yeah it does sound like a potential headgasket or head. I don't know that much can be solved without having it looked at. There is a chemical test that can be done to see if exhaust fumes are getting into the coolant.

What I totally did not understand is the relationship of the coolant loss to the fuel pump. Maybe I just mis-interpreted. The loss of coolant prior to the fuel pump should have been a red flag right then. Another thing I didn't understand is why he can't do the headgaskets.
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Thursday, June 21st, 2007 AT 7:15 PM
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Sorry it was the water pump that was replaced not the fuel pump. I drove the car to work today against my will, and despite the engine light being on and the speed pickup being a bit slower, the car runs ok. The clicking noise is still there and I plan on taking it to the shop either today or tomorrow, but I would like to try and get an idea of exactly what my problem is so I can communicate that to the mechanic and not have him try to low ball me with other issues. Do any of my current symptoms embody any common engine issues?

Also, he stated he could do the headgaskets but it would be very time consuming and expensive as he has to take my engine apart. Is that a typical procedure, and are headgaskets normally expensive to replace?
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Monday, June 25th, 2007 AT 2:21 PM

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