My engine light went on in my 96 ford ranger 4x4 4 litre, 6 cylinder. a couple weeks ago. It did sound a little little rough. So I was waiting for it to go off (hoping anyway) then it snowed and was very slippery. I go to put on 4x4 and all I hear is grinding and crunching. Take it in. Turns out to be front bearing and the u-joint is falling apart. I tell them I had a complete brake job 5 months ago and they repacked the bearings and the truck has had less then 5,000 kms put on it since. So they give me half off the labour of the Bearings For the engine light they told me the performance test ($168) said 3 cycl was misfiring and they would check wires and spark plugs bla bla bla It will cost $1080. fine. Then they phone back. They said when the technician took out the plugs he found the 4th cycl was white, which indicates it's burning some coolant, and the 3rd cycl is oily which means it's burning oil.. Possible blown head gasket. I tell them not to do that head gasket thing.. it's $650 just for labour and they may need to have the head machined So ****! I'm pissed. This is a reputable shop btw, Canadian Tire.. chain store all across canada. Been going there with 3 vehicles for years. So just this year, once this work gets done (not having the head gasket done) I will have sank over 2,000 bucks into a 96 ford ranger 6 cycl. 4x4.. somebody shoot me. *on a side note. For months I thought the exhaust looked a tiny bit weird. I would ask myself why there is vapour coming out, it doesn't always happen I suppose I convince myself it was normal, like when the weather is cold. Oil level also seems to go down a more then I think it should, though it doesn't leak under the engine.. but there isn't a smell of burning oil and the inside of the exhaust pipes isn't exactly covered in soot... Do think I'm going to have to get this damn gasket thing fixed to? I mean at what point to I just blow up this damn truck I will never buy a ford again.