My engine won't heat up enough for the heater to warm up in the cab of the 1998 Ford Ranger 4 cyl. I have been running with cardboard in front of radiator, but not helping much. Replaced thermostat last night, but still only a trace of heat output. Upper radiator hose only gets "comfortably warm" to the hand, and does not build up pressure inside it. Why won't the engine warm up?


Asked by Nov 26, 2014 at 01:47 PM about the 1998 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

New thermostat, new antifreeze, cardboard still in front of radiator, and temperature indicator still doesn't come up!

5 Answers

Tom Harmon

Sounds like someone put water instead of coolant in the radiator and now you have rust blocking the heater. Remove the 2 hoses at the Firewall that go the the heater .... now at a very low water pressure ... do not over pressure or you may damage the heater cor ... now try to back flush the heater core ... be careful because when it clears the blockage ... it fly's out like a shotgun blast ... refill with coolant and get a good waterpump anti-rust additive

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Thanks, but why (and how) would heater core blockage keep the engine from warming up? The radiator tank and upper radiator hose SHOULD get warm enough that they would be uncomfortable to take hold of with even a 180 degree thermostat, let alone a 192. Why won't the engine warm up and get the coolant hot?

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Tom Harmon

Geez ... Usually just the opposite is true ... The engine gets too hot. Read this thread and good luck ~~ I mean ... you have close to 1200 F at the exhaust manifold and yet the engine heat doesn't seem to be transferring to the water. You are contradicting the rules of Thermodynamics ... and of course that's not possible

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Did you come to a solution for this problem ? I'm going through the same thing 98 ranger 2.5. New water pump new t stat new antifreeze and just did a head gasket new temp sensors. engine won't warm up any suggestions ?


have you replaced your thermostat?

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