Re: I accidentally got water in the oil part of the...
Definitely DO NOT start the car...drain the oil pan, replace the plug, and refill with the proper amount of oil. Start the car and run until the engine temp is at the normal range for at least 15 minutes. Then drain the oil, change the filter, and refill with fresh oil.
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If you are putting water into the radiator and it is running out on the ground as you fill, you probably have a hole in your radiator or one of the hoses that connect the radiator to the engine. Hope this helps!
What you are describing is a cooling system low on coolant or a sticking thermostat. I might leave the thermostat out and drive it a few days to see what happens. There could be something in the system that is restricting flow, or it could still be low on coolant. Its possible something is not right with air flow thru the radiator or the fan clutch. There could be a restriction in the ac condenser.
Remove drain plug from radiator by unscrewing, if this does the trick you are on your way if not, take a tooth pick and pick at the hole. if this fails and you still need to drain radiator, let it sit until it cools down then remove lower radiator hose..This will remove all coolant from block and radiator.
you have 4 water lines, they are 2 radiator hoses (top and bottom) the bottom one runs from the lower part of the radiator to the water pump, the top radiator hose runs from the upper part of the radiator to the thermostat housing
2 heater hoses, they go from the water pump to the firewall.
if you know which one has a hole then you should take the van to a parts store (if you can safely drive it that far) and show them, they can get the right one for you... and sometimes you can talk someone into putting it on for you.
as for the fluctuating gauges you probably need new sending units for the temp gauge and fuel gauge
Sometimes a very small leak will not show up on the ground 'till it gets larger. I'd have the system pressure tested, and if necessary dye tested, before the leak has an opportunity to do any damage.There are numerous places where a leak can go undetetected and other tests that can be done aside from the ones I've mentioned. a good shop will do these if normal procedures reveal nothing. .At this point, without testing everything is "suspect" 'till you find it. good luck
Hi Kare. I would suggest you drain all the oil immediately or have a
shop do it. You don't want water in there for to long or it can hurt
your motor. Just get a oil and filter change. and put some water in the
radiator. You should be all good from there
Hello Ranger Joe, eight months and two radiators is very uncommon. Question, Have you visually confirmed the leak in the radiators or is the leak near the hose connections? Replacing the radiator, cap, water pump, & the thermostat leaves only two others, the hoses and the engine block/heads. Far fitched will be something or somebody poking holes in the radiator.