Had car running for an hour while fixing possible head gasket problem. Later, car would not crank. It started up with a jump, runs while foot on gas, but dies within less than a minute. Can't reach battery to see if it needs water or check it out. Any suggestions? Have owned this car 1 year, and its only been driveable for at most one month.
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Re: Had car running for an hour while fixing another
Check all your vaccuum lines. The skematic is under the hood. You gotta take some stuff out of the way to access the battery. There's probably no way to add water to it because most are maintainance free. Use a standard battery load tester to check it. If all that's good,write back with your findings.
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The most probable is a blown head gasket, but it is also possible it is a cracked head. You can do a compression check on the engine to verify, but in either case the head coming off will show you which it is.
Sounds like you blew a head gasket or even worse. Get a pressure tester from your local parts store and pressure the system up. Most of the time I've found bad intake gasket and the bypass elbows bad. Parts don't cost much but takes a few hours to fix.
I'm not taking sides in this. So what I am going to say is more or less neutral. There is a big possibility you damaged the head gasket when the engine overheated last week. The dealership would have no way of knowing this if it was not yet leaking into the engine when they replaced the water pump. Once the water pump leak was fixed, the system would be running under normal pressure which could finish off the weak head gasket. You can not see a damaged head gasket without removing the cylinder head. And you have two heads with two gaskets. So, IF the head gasket is now blown there is a good chance they did not know it last week. It could also be a cracked cyl head or leaking intake manifold gasket. Or all of the above.
Seems you have a blown head gasket. To replace a blown head gasket, the cylinder head must be removed from the engine. Once the head is off, the mating surfaces of both the head and block should be inspected for flatness as well as any damage that might have contributed to the gasket's failure or might prevent a new gasket from sealing properly. If the head is warped, it will not seal the new gasket properly and sooner or later it will again fail. Resurfacing and/or straightening the head may be necessary. An inspection of the head may also reveal cracks or other damage that will have to be repaired before it can go back on your engine.
You've most likely had a blown head gasket from the beginning of the coolant leak. It's now so bad the engine won't run and has probably been severely damaged from running coolant through the oil galleys.
You'll have to transport it to a garage to get diagnostics and an estimate to determine if it's worth fixing. My guess is it's going to be very expensive.
Loss of power could be a result of a plugged cat, but not the smoke,still leaning toward a head gasket or cracked head. Remove all of the spark plugs. Pressurize the radiator with approximately 15 pounds of pressure and wait for approximately 1/2 hour to 1 hour then crank the engine over and watch to see if coolant comes out of the spark plug holes. This will tell you if your problem is a head gasket or possibly a cracked head. And just on a side note, unless it was a typo, an 89 should only be carburated or have TBI, they didnt have injectors on those models yet, and off the top of my head I dont think most vehicles were using crank sensors either then, but I'd have to look that up to know for sure.