water in exhaust

Discussion in '1983 - 1988 Ford Ranger' started by teemgreen99, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. teemgreen99

    teemgreen99 New Member

    1987 2.3 5speed 150,000miles. Just drove home on he freeway for about 20 minutes get home go in for about 10 minutes come out and start up truck and its spitting water and condensation from exhaust. I replaced water pump and water outlet a few months ago cause they were bad well when I went out to he truck at 12 today on lunch break at work noticed a decent sized puddle of coolant. Am I eating coolant? Headgasket about to blow? Please help.
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  3. SalRanger2

    SalRanger2 Ranger Lover

    its puddling out from the tailpipe?

    check your oil to see if its milky too, and see if your coolant level isnt crazy low. my guess is yea bad headgasket. probly shouldnt drive it too much if its that bad
  4. OP

    teemgreen99 New Member

    It's spitting from tail pipe, and blowing that white water vapor even after long freeway drive. I was thinking headgasket. Seems to be running fine other than that. Radiator is low but not super low...yet.
  5. It's your head gasket man. That's the only thing I can think of that would be able to do it...
  6. OP

    teemgreen99 New Member

    I think it is the head gasket too, anybody know about what it costs to replace them on his truck?
  7. Honestly, no... My dad did two on an 87 Mazda and a one on a 92 Dakota himself, and it took a LONG time... But he's only a weekend mechanic and a half-asser sometimes. As long as it'd run....lol I do know it can cost a pretty penny though. Ain't cheap to rip the engine apart.
  8. Hurley

    Hurley Superultramegalurker

    Any mechanic will make it out to be some scary big job but its really not that bad as long as you have some knowledge of how a motor works. Take off the intake. Remove the intake manifold. And there's your head gasket. It's this big scary piece of paper that everyone spends a thousand dollars on. Just make sure you know how tight to crank the bolts that hold the manifold on. Of you crank them too tight you will warp the heads.
  9. OP

    teemgreen99 New Member

    So I filled up the radiator today and while the radiator cap was off I started he truck and let it idle and reved it a couple times, noticed a couple small bubbles pop up but not to noticeable. I drove it around and then on the freeway it didn't overheat or even start to overheat. Got home and did not notice any leaks and no vapor from exhaust. What he Hell is going on with this truck?! One day it leaks the next its no leak. Any ideas? Anyone still thinking head gasket?
  10. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    Its a Damn GREMLIN!
  11. keep an eye on the oil for milk and keep at least 1/4 tank of fuel in the tank to keep from getting alot of condensation in there too. But yeah prob still head gasket seeping
  12. OP

    teemgreen99 New Member

    I also checked the oil and it looked normal. How milky would it look if there was coolant in it? easily noticeable? I know about the condition but have never seen it.
  13. look for mily muck around the oil cap even, since it seems like a small amount may be hard to see but keep chking the water level in radiator and overflow tank. also if you see moisture out of tailpie like excess smoking
  14. chilsam

    chilsam New Member

    Vanilla Milkshake

    is what it reminds me of and I replaced the head gasket on our 87 2.3 and it was a peace of cake hardest part was getting the fuel lines disconnected.If you do replace the gasket remember to get new head bolt's as they are torque to yield item's.:thumbsup:
  15. seriouscoin1

    seriouscoin1 New Member

    You sure its a HG? How big was the puddle? Are you sure its coolant? I know that cars will leak water throught the exhaust which is a normal part of the combustion process. Just an idea.
  16. ob269

    ob269 New Member

    Holy old thread Batman!
  17. ob269

    ob269 New Member

    O.p hasnt even been on this year!
  18. seriouscoin1

    seriouscoin1 New Member

    Lol just saw a response thought I could help

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