Yesterday I was cruzing in my 83 'Ranger 4x4 (manual). It was a hot day and
the truck seemed to be running a little hotter than normal. I was going up a
steep hill in 3rd gear turning about 4000rpms, when all of a sudden the
engine lost ALL power and started to feel like it was missing. I made the
rest of the hill at 15mph. The temp gauge shot up.
After the hill I kept it slow, and the truck eventually returned to a little
above normal operating temp. A few miles later, check under the hood, no
boil over, overflow container isn't low. Get home, let engine cool over
night. Coolant was a half gallon low. I don't know if I checked it when I
got the truck (last week) or not.
I figured the thermostat kicked the bucket, so I replaced it today along
with flushing and the block and the radiatior. Filled the rad. and went for
a drive to open the thermostat, and the thing boiled over! Temp gauge went
almost to the top. Heater wasn't blowing hot or even warm air. Opened the
radiator, and after the blast cleared, I re-filled it and the water was not
moving inside the radiatior.
Could my water pump have failed just like that? It didn't appear to be
Could I have a blown/leaking headgasket?
Blue smoke pours out of one exhaust pipe (I have dual exaust). The truck
still has the miss and shakes pretty bad if you put it in the low RPMS (up
shift too early). It does, however, sound in the higher RPMS. It sounds like
crap at the idle, but the idle isn't violent like a blown headgasket.