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Q: HER NAME IS TRIXIE AND I CARE ABOUT HER MUCH.... on 1992 Ford Ranger

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SHE BUSTED A BRAKE LINE I THINK... I LOST BREAK PRESSURE AND A COUPLE OF MILES LATER HER PEDAL WENT RIGHT TO THE FLOOR WITH JUST ENOUGH TO GET HER TO STOP AND EVENTUALLY GET ME HOME, BLESS HER HEART.. UPON INSPECTION I OBSERVED A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF FLUID LEAKING FROM THE MIDDLE(OBVIOUSLY THE REAR BRAKE LINE) ANY FEEDBACK? ALSO ANY TIPS ON MAKING HER PERFORM OR SOUND A LIL BETTER? SHE'S GOT A SHORT RAM RIGHT NOW, BUT I'M DEFINATELY OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS-THANK YOU MUCH!
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Brake lines/hoses will eventually rust away or fail. At least once a year, one should do a complete brake inspection which includes a careful look at all the brake lines and hoses. Was it a hard line or the rubber hose above the differential?
Both should be available at a good parts store. More power from a 2.3 is a little tricky. It is basically a realiable little tractor engine and was not built for speed. There is a turbo on the late 80s T-Bird Super Coupes with the 2.3 liter that really hauls but, but this is a lot of work to replace your engine with that unit. It is a whole different engine with low compression for the Turbo. If you put a turbo on a stock 2.3, it might/will blow holes in the pistons. ( I used to work at Ford Dealerships )
thank you much for your help guys!! it turned out to be my abs hydraulic-the part is rare running about 200(core charge included).. i actually just had it bypassed for the time being, cause it was much cheaper.. anyway, thanks again for your help!
with respect,
joe!
Glad you got stopped! It's scary losing your brake pedal. I am thinking it is probably the soft brake line that connects to the hard line on the rear axle. I couldn't help but notice you're in Las Vegas, so I doubt you have a rust problem (unless the truck is from somewhere else). If you wheel it or hit something in the road I guess it's possible you snagged a hard line but I'm betting on the flexible hose in the rear. You'll want to crawl under there with a flashlight and see if you can find a source. May be a proportioning valve but I'd put small odds on that

As far as performance goes, I'm not sure. Usually anything that helps your engine breath better helps with performance (intake/exhaust). My buddy had a V6 Ranger and an MSD ignition really helped but it's hard to say how much gain you'll get on the 4 cylinder. Be mindful of your smog/emissions laws!
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