My daughter just got a new pickup last night. She has had a beautiful golden orange Ford Ranger for the last several years, and she just loves that little pickup. Last spring (almost exactly a year ago), her company sent her to Afghanistan for what was supposed to be a 2-week work mission. She ended up being gone for around eight months, and getting home just before Thanksgiving. Her little pickup had to be retrieved from the airport parking, and spent the whole time just sitting. After she returned home, she started having issues with the truck which were not there before. it has lost a lot of power, and seems like the engine is struggling. It also developed some kind of "screeching" which she said sounds more metallic (metal-to-metal) than like a slipping belt. She has spent several hundred dollars just getting it checked out, and no one really knows what is wrong, and they finally told her it might just need a whole new engine. In any case, she has to have a dependable vehicle for work; so she has been shopping for one, and last night we drove her up to look at, and purchase, a nice 4x4 GMC Sonoma double cab truck. This should work out even better than the Ranger did, since she likes to go out on little trails and dirt roads, fishing, metal detecting, and just plain exploring. So, she has given us the Ranger, to see if we can fix it and at least get it running better. Since it was fine before she left, and nothing changed except the truck just left sitting for the months she was gone, we think that maybe something has just gotten plugged up somehow, and if we can get it unplugged, the truck should run better again. It is a 2000 model, so it has a lot of miles on it and can't be expected to still perform like new; but we are hoping to get it back to the shape it was before she went to Afghanistan. The mechanic shop did say that this might be all it needs, and recommended some engine treatment, similar to Sea Foam, but supposed to be more effective, and said to try that for 3-4 tanks of gas. The water pump has a leak, and @Bobby Cole thinks that this might be what is causing the screeching, if there is a bearing going out in the water pump. Since it is leaking, it needs to be replaced in any case; so that will be one of his first projects. If we can get it running right again, it will be the perfect vehicle for us, and Robin will be happy that her beloved "Scrappy" is still in the family. By not having to spend money to purchase another vehicle , we can use that to do the repairs on the Ranger, and we know the history of this vehicle , as opposed to buying one from Craigslist.