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12/6/2019 7:27:02 PM
Posted: 6/4/2008 8:26:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 8:31:20 PM EST by 70satvert]
She was on her way home from the movies with a friend. We were talking when her truck started making clattering sounds. Then it stalled when she stopped. Luckily she was only a mile or two from home, and made it there. It was overheated, and her step dad said it smelled like oil. She is way over due for an oil change. It's a 93 Mazda, basically a Ranger. She's 3 hours away from me, so I can't look at it. I'm thinking she ran it out of oil, and maybe blew a head gasket from the overheated/warped heads. I'm assuming the heads on those engines are aluminum, but if they're cast iron, that might offer some hope. She's freakin out because she has to be up here for work on Friday, and has no alternate means of transportation. It's looking like I might have to drive down and get her. A 3-3.5 hour drive in my '98 Ram 4x4, that just loves gasoline! Her step dad is going to look at in the morning, and her uncle is a mechanic and will probably give it his prognosis. I hope I'm wrong about the engine.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:27:31 PM EST
Damn.. An inflatable truck. Could be the way o get off the dependance of foreign oil..
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:27:42 PM EST
Way overdue for an oil change...

Why do people seem to have a problem with changing the oil when they're supposed to?
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:28:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
Way overdue for an oil change...

Why do people seem to have a problem with changing the oil when they're supposed to?


Did you miss the part where he said it's a woman?
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:30:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By Cypher214:

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
Way overdue for an oil change...

Why do people seem to have a problem with changing the oil when they're supposed to?


Did you miss the part where he said it's a woman?


Normally I would take offense to that, because she's my girlfriend after all, but you're spot on.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:30:35 PM EST
If it's a 4 banger it will be the 2.3l ford engine. Easy to come by in a junkyard and easy to overhaul. relativelty cheap too. The same engine was used in Rangers and mustangs.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:31:48 PM EST
Perfect chance for some "road noggin"
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:31:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By hobbsar:
If it's a 4 banger it will be the 2.3l ford engine. Easy to come by in a junkyard and easy to overhaul. relativelty cheap too. The same engine was used in Rangers and mustangs.


It is...
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:34:00 PM EST
Perfect chance to drop a 302 in it.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:35:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By kayamana:
Perfect chance to drop a 302 in it.


Dude....bad idea.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:36:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By Cypher214:

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
Way overdue for an oil change...

Why do people seem to have a problem with changing the oil when they're supposed to?


Did you miss the part where he said it's a woman?


Normally I would take offense to that, because she's my girlfriend after all, but you're spot on.


You need to teach her how to check and top off the oil as needed. I think my wife is a better vehicle mechanic than I am.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:36:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By Cypher214:

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
Way overdue for an oil change...

Why do people seem to have a problem with changing the oil when they're supposed to?


Did you miss the part where he said it's a woman?


Normally I would take offense to that, because she's my girlfriend after all, but you're spot on.


This equates to the admission that the little head normally does the thinking for you, and you're having a rare moment in which you're using the correct head to think.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:37:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By Cypher214:

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
Way overdue for an oil change...

Why do people seem to have a problem with changing the oil when they're supposed to?


Did you miss the part where he said it's a woman?


My Dad did the same thing with his couple year old Toyota Tacoma. I'm always telling him to make sure he gets his oil changed and he goes and gets it changed after like 10k km.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:39:23 PM EST

She is way over due for an oil change


A 3-3.5 hour drive


It's a 93 Mazda, basically a Ranger

Pull the MAN CARD buddy you let you girl drive hours away with a "way over due oil change" in a 93 that you called a FORD..............
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:40:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By Cypher214:

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
Way overdue for an oil change...

Why do people seem to have a problem with changing the oil when they're supposed to?


Did you miss the part where he said it's a woman?


Tee-hee.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:46:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By hobbsar:
If it's a 4 banger it will be the 2.3l ford engine. Easy to come by in a junkyard and easy to overhaul. relativelty cheap too. The same engine was used in Rangers and mustangs.


It is...


Those are tough little motors. If you are mechanically inclined and can do the assembly yourself, you can get a junkyard motor for about $150-$300. The last one I built was about four years ago and it cost me less than $1000 including machine work.
Of course that was a racing motor so I used the older single plug head.
To further answer your question, it is a cast iron block and head. The real weak point on these engines is the oil pump drive.
If you don't want to build one, then they shouldn't be too expensive reman from an auto parts store. Just stay away from the engines sold by Autozone, Checker auto parts, or advance auto parts. Get a Jasper reman if you can.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:50:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By hobbsar:

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By hobbsar:
If it's a 4 banger it will be the 2.3l ford engine. Easy to come by in a junkyard and easy to overhaul. relativelty cheap too. The same engine was used in Rangers and mustangs.


It is...


Those are tough little motors. If you are mechanically inclined and can do the assembly yourself, you can get a junkyard motor for about $150-$300. The last one I built was about four years ago and it cost me less than $1000 including machine work.
Of course that was a racing motor so I used the older single plug head.
To further answer your question, it is a cast iron block and head. The real weak point on these engines is the oil pump drive.
If you don't want to build one, then they shouldn't be too expensive reman from an auto parts store. Just stay away from the engines sold by Autozone, Checker auto parts, or advance auto parts. Get a Jasper reman if you can.


I know my way around building engines, but I have no tools, or facilities to do work in where I'm currently living.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 8:54:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By hobbsar:

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By hobbsar:
If it's a 4 banger it will be the 2.3l ford engine. Easy to come by in a junkyard and easy to overhaul. relativelty cheap too. The same engine was used in Rangers and mustangs.


It is...


Those are tough little motors. If you are mechanically inclined and can do the assembly yourself, you can get a junkyard motor for about $150-$300. The last one I built was about four years ago and it cost me less than $1000 including machine work.
Of course that was a racing motor so I used the older single plug head.
To further answer your question, it is a cast iron block and head. The real weak point on these engines is the oil pump drive.
If you don't want to build one, then they shouldn't be too expensive reman from an auto parts store. Just stay away from the engines sold by Autozone, Checker auto parts, or advance auto parts. Get a Jasper reman if you can.


I know my way around building engines, but I have no tools, or facilities to do work in where I'm currently living.


Too bad you don't live closer. I built most of mine in my shed. I could build a sweet 2.5 stroker motor that would leave all the fast and furious wannabes in your rear view mirror.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 9:09:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By Cypher214:

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
Way overdue for an oil change...

Why do people seem to have a problem with changing the oil when they're supposed to?


Did you miss the part where he said it's a woman?


Normally I would take offense to that, because she's my girlfriend after all, but you're spot on.


Exactly.

I'd make the same comment about my own mother. Women are just notoriously bad about letting a vehicle go to shit.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:29:19 AM EST

Originally Posted By hobbsar:

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By hobbsar:

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By hobbsar:
If it's a 4 banger it will be the 2.3l ford engine. Easy to come by in a junkyard and easy to overhaul. relativelty cheap too. The same engine was used in Rangers and mustangs.


It is...


Those are tough little motors. If you are mechanically inclined and can do the assembly yourself, you can get a junkyard motor for about $150-$300. The last one I built was about four years ago and it cost me less than $1000 including machine work.
Of course that was a racing motor so I used the older single plug head.
To further answer your question, it is a cast iron block and head. The real weak point on these engines is the oil pump drive.
If you don't want to build one, then they shouldn't be too expensive reman from an auto parts store. Just stay away from the engines sold by Autozone, Checker auto parts, or advance auto parts. Get a Jasper reman if you can.


I know my way around building engines, but I have no tools, or facilities to do work in where I'm currently living.


Too bad you don't live closer. I built most of mine in my shed. I could build a sweet 2.5 stroker motor that would leave all the fast and furious wannabes in your rear view mirror.


Meh, never been into 4 bangers. More of a big block Mopar engine guy.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:32:06 AM EST
I think your GF GOT TRUCKED tonight!!!

3 hours away. . . .hmmmmm. . .while you were texting the gay guy, your GF was watching a movie all right. . . . . . .
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:33:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By 37NAU:
I think your GF GOT TRUCKED tonight!!!

3 hours away. . . .hmmmmm. . .while you were texting the gay guy, your GF was watching a movie all right. . . . . . .


Grow the fuck up.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:36:24 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/5/2008 12:37:13 AM EST by raygixxer89]

Originally Posted By 37NAU:
I think your GF GOT TRUCKED tonight!!!

3 hours away. . . .hmmmmm. . .while you were texting the gay guy, your GF was watching a movie all right. . . . . . .


Dude! That's just wrong!! But I will admit that I was thinking the same thing when I read his post.
Nawww. She's a good girl!
(But is he a good boy?)
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:37:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By raygixxer89:

Originally Posted By 37NAU:
I think your GF GOT TRUCKED tonight!!!

3 hours away. . . .hmmmmm. . .while you were texting the gay guy, your GF was watching a movie all right. . . . . . .


Dude! That's just wrong!! But I will admit that I was thinking the same thing when I read his post.
Nawww. She's a good girl!
(But is he a good boy?)


He's butt hurt over another thread, so he's trolling my threads trying to get a rise out of me.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:39:03 AM EST
Not me! I was just messin' around. I hope you guys get the truck running.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:40:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By raygixxer89:
Not me! I was just messin' around. I hope you guys get the truck running.


I wasn't talkin about you. It was still running when she shut it off though. I wish I could check it out myself, because her step dad isn't exactly the type that knows his way around an engine bay. Her uncle does though, so hopefully he can get her going, without too much work. I'll find out more later.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:48:15 AM EST
Hopefuly. Good luck man.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:50:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By raygixxer89:
Not me! I was just messin' around. I hope you guys get the truck running.


I wasn't talkin about you. It was still running when she shut it off though. I wish I could check it out myself, because her step dad isn't exactly the type that knows his way around an engine bay. Her uncle does though, so hopefully he can get her going, without too much work. I'll find out more later.




Originally Posted By 70satvert:
She was on her way home from the movies with a friend. We were talking when her truck started making clattering sounds. Then it stalled when she stopped. Luckily she was only a mile or two from home, and made it there. It was overheated, and her step dad said it smelled like oil. She is way over due for an oil change. It's a 93 Mazda, basically a Ranger. She's 3 hours away from me, so I can't look at it. I'm thinking she ran it out of oil, and maybe blew a head gasket from the overheated/warped heads. I'm assuming the heads on those engines are aluminum, but if they're cast iron, that might offer some hope. She's freakin out because she has to be up here for work on Friday, and has no alternate means of transportation. It's looking like I might have to drive down and get her. A 3-3.5 hour drive in my '98 Ram 4x4, that just loves gasoline! Her step dad is going to look at in the morning, and her uncle is a mechanic and will probably give it his prognosis. I hope I'm wrong about the engine.


Oh, I'm sure it is an aluminum head.

If it stalled, she probably scored up the cylinder walls and tore up other internals.

If it just started running rough, it might just be a head issue.

If she really was driving it without oil.... kiss that block goodbye and start over.

Link Posted: 6/5/2008 12:57:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By The_Reaper:

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By raygixxer89:
Not me! I was just messin' around. I hope you guys get the truck running.


I wasn't talkin about you. It was still running when she shut it off though. I wish I could check it out myself, because her step dad isn't exactly the type that knows his way around an engine bay. Her uncle does though, so hopefully he can get her going, without too much work. I'll find out more later.




Originally Posted By 70satvert:
She was on her way home from the movies with a friend. We were talking when her truck started making clattering sounds. Then it stalled when she stopped. Luckily she was only a mile or two from home, and made it there. It was overheated, and her step dad said it smelled like oil. She is way over due for an oil change. It's a 93 Mazda, basically a Ranger. She's 3 hours away from me, so I can't look at it. I'm thinking she ran it out of oil, and maybe blew a head gasket from the overheated/warped heads. I'm assuming the heads on those engines are aluminum, but if they're cast iron, that might offer some hope. She's freakin out because she has to be up here for work on Friday, and has no alternate means of transportation. It's looking like I might have to drive down and get her. A 3-3.5 hour drive in my '98 Ram 4x4, that just loves gasoline! Her step dad is going to look at in the morning, and her uncle is a mechanic and will probably give it his prognosis. I hope I'm wrong about the engine.


Oh, I'm sure it is an aluminum head.

If it stalled, she probably scored up the cylinder walls and tore up other internals.

If it just started running rough, it might just be a head issue.

If she really was driving it without oil.... kiss that block goodbye and start over.



Yeah, she got really upset when I told her that her engine was probably toast. So then I had to tell her that is a worst case scenario to make her feel better. I wish I would have been there to make an accurate judgement. I've witnessed several engines let go for various reasons, and been behind the wheel of some of them.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 2:25:31 AM EST
As was stated, you can get an engine in a salvage yard. If you can make the swap for under $800 do so. If more than that she should look for something else to drive.

Many of the major parts were shared with Rangers of that vintage. Stay away from the '96 Rangers as those were a transitional model year & some stuff is not compatable.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 3:00:56 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/5/2008 3:01:06 AM EST by AssaultRifler]
Drive her to Hertz rent a car, save a 3 hour trip
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 3:07:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
Drive her to Hertz rent a car, save a 3 hour trip


How the fuck is that gonna save me a 3 hour trip?
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 3:16:54 AM EST

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:

Originally Posted By Cypher214:

Originally Posted By CanadianDave:
Way overdue for an oil change...

Why do people seem to have a problem with changing the oil when they're supposed to?


Did you miss the part where he said it's a woman?


My Dad did the same thing with his couple year old Toyota Tacoma. I'm always telling him to make sure he gets his oil changed and he goes and gets it changed after like 10k km.


You do realize that there are many synthetic oils out there that will not break down till around 15,000 miles? Though there is no excuse for not checking the levels.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 7:48:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By 70satvert:

Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
Drive her to Hertz rent a car, save a 3 hour trip


How the fuck is that gonna save me a 3 hour trip?


It won't but she can rent a car and drive back up to work.

The cost of the rental will be less than the gas you'll burn driving down there and back, trust me.
Link Posted: 6/5/2008 9:07:08 AM EST
Unless it is a head gasket or something cheap to fix, find a junkyard and pick up a used engine from a wrecked truck. 2.3L are common as dirt and pretty cheap.

If her uncle can put the engine in pay him to do it, have stepdad take her to Hertz and rent a car for the drive home.
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