need help

Discussion in '1998 - 2011 Ford Ranger' started by tommy_ranger, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. tommy_ranger

    tommy_ranger New Member

    Hello everyone, just wondering if someone can help. My truck was running fine this morning, then this afternoon on my way home, it started idling rough at the stop lights, I stopped at a friends house then when i started it again, smoke started coming out from the exahust and then water vapor. I checked the oil and it was clean, anyone have any idea, please help.
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  3. Sounds like a head gasket to me... Check the oil again, and see if you smell any antifreeze in it.
  4. Brinker88

    Brinker88 Black sheep o' the family

    Check your antifreeze as well. Do an oil change immediately. Do NOT run it before you check everything out. You may crack your heads if you continue to run it.
  5. OP

    tommy_ranger New Member

    oil is ok, anti freeze has needs to be changed, i has rust color
  6. OP

    tommy_ranger New Member

    the top of the reservoir tank popped open earlier, but just thought it came loose
  7. OP

    tommy_ranger New Member

    there has been a gurgling sound when i shut the engine off lately
  8. My Dodge Dakota does that when I shut the engine off, but it always has. Oil is probably leaking into your antifreeze and vice-versa, causing the rust color. Change everything immediately, and if the temp goes above where it normally does, it's a head gasket. My dad had to change three of these already on other vehicles, and they were a pain.
  9. klinger86

    klinger86 Moderator

    With the water vapor did it have kind of a sweet smell? And also while it running take the radiator cap off and see if the antifreeze bubbles constantly. Both are signs of either cracked heads/blown head gasket.

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