Hello Scotty and the community, I have a 1994 Ford Ranger, 80's dash, the powerplant is a v6 4.0 cologne with a rebuilt tranny. Runs great lovely response I am in love. The rear main is leaking and I got It down from 1quart a week to half a quart leaking. I plan on replacing this myself but my engine likes to die on long trips when I break hard. I know I should cleanup the throttle but my concern is the head gasket. There is no milkshake yet and white smoke disappears after warmup. The clamps are leaking but it does not make sense to dump the entire coolant container during a full week. The vehicle is older so you have to manually switch the compressor on to function which solves the dieing issue on hard stops and I installed a IAC which was not originally on the engine. This fixed death on turns but not hard stops w/ compressor off, I think she tries to overheat because the coolant used to turn dark but it doesn't anymore and I want to see what everyone thinks with there experience. I am only 25 but taken a serious interest in doing my own mechanic work, because lets face it, mechanics do suck now and I deliver auto parts for a living and see a lot of bad things. Can anyone help?
FYI: If not a member, devoted online Forums will turbo-boost your enjoyment of your Ranger. My RAV4 Forum has become like a 2nd family. And it's nice knowing that there are other GEN-1 RAV4 aficionados out there who love their as much as I do. Most vehicle Forums require signing up before they'll let you post. Here's the Ranger Forum discussing your very problem, stalling on hard braking: