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1988 Ford Ranger Ron 1-27-16  
I have an 88 Ford Ranger 2.3l 5 speed. Just had an oil change, drove it 2 hours on highway, noticed the check engine light was on. Pulled over and shut it off. Popped the hood and oil was everywhere. Put fresh oil in and drove not even 1/4 mile(had to get off highway), pulled into rest area and called flat bed.

Truck is home, idles great, 1st-4th gear are rough and 5th it just dogs out. Found broken spark plug in cylinder 3. Do I rip it apart and if so, what I am to expect? Or just sell it for a few hundred and cut my loses?

I'm thinking possibly the timing belt slipped and if I replace the spark plug, all should be good but I'm scared to tear into it because as soon as I tear off the top end, it's a $200 plus fix (just in gaskets) to find nothing wrong. OR.. I will find a LOT wrong and wish I hadn't touched it.

Thanks for any help.
Re: 1988 Ford Ranger Bubba The Bus Tech 1-27-16  
Do a compression check. Will tell you every thing you need to know.

If its just the plug, golden

If you have low compression as I suspect dont even put the plugs back in and dump it.

Good Luck
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