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Mar 1, 2013, 3:22 PM

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I have a 2004 ford ranger 2.3l 4 cylinder engine .. Found a wire that appears to be burnt but I can't figure out what it is. It comes from the valve cover but is then spliced into another set of wires which goes to the air filter hose. Anyone know what this could be? I'm attaching a picture of an engine I found online that shows what I'm talking about.

A lil background info on the truck - I've been having issues with water getting in the coil since I got the truck. Figured maybe it was because a fender shield was missing but still not positive. Anyway, I was recently in a wreck that caused a small crack in my radiator. Tried to seal it with epoxy which apparently didn't hold because water ended up spewing all over the engine. I drove it to work (takes around 45 minutes) and when I went to leave work 12 hours later, it cranked up and then started sputtering real bad when I started to leave and died out. Tried to crank it again with no luck. Popped the hood open & it smelled like something was burning. Then I discovered that wire I mentioned above that looks burnt.

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Mar 1, 2013, 4:14 PM

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You probably fried it. You can't continue to drive a car with a coolant leak. That's the fastest way known to destroy an engine. Get it to a shop to be checked out.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

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Mar 1, 2013, 5:42 PM

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With HT on that. Also, that picture was so dark and grainy it makes it impossible to see anything. Almost the entire area you had in the red square is completely black. The rest looks like the camera lens had vaseline on it. In the future please bear in mind that pics do indeed help us help you, but only pics that are bright and clear. Dark and grainy does none of us any good.

As you are finding out, putting epoxy on a cracked radiator tank won't work. New radiator time. Its a lot cheaper than an engine.

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Mar 1, 2013, 6:44 PM

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Wow...picture taken with a potato?

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