Motor gets really hot in idle

Discussion in '1998 - 2011 Ford Ranger' started by ryan simpson, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. ryan simpson

    ryan simpson New Member

    Hello all, I have a 2000 Ford Ranger 3.0 Flex fuel Automatic 4wd, my temperature gauge crawls up to about 2/3 of the way to Hot in idle but if I push on the gas the temp drops, what could cause this? Also the other day I was driving and my gauge went into the red and my hood was smoking and I hopped out and my coolant was all over the ground, still runs fine and the head gasket doesn't seem to be blown, any help is appreciated, thanks.
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  3. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    OK just reread your post.
    Head gaskets are OK, have you done a compression test ?
  4. Paul William

    Paul William New Member

    3.0s are finicky motors, the slightest over heating can crack the heads. If you have already done the compression test do a cylinder leak down test also.

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