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Re: The car was running then on a trip it stopped running...
Not much info, but first guess is the timing belt broke and destroyed the engine. Check the internet with your engine size and recommended timing belt replacement interval (80,000 to 100,00 miles). If it is an "interference" engine, then the valves hit pistons when the timing belt breaks and you have no hope.
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Anytime you have coolant in the oil and it's not the
oil cooler it means the engine must be disassembled to locate the failure. The next
options are not so pretty. There are three remaining causes for coolant in the motor
oil and all require engine dis-assembly. This can be tricky because the repair overlaps
and it is difficult to tell which one is causing the problem. For example: A repair
shop has told you the cylinder head is cracked, and as they start dis-assembly they
can discover it was the intake manifold gasket that has failed. It's up to the honesty
of the repair shop to inform the customer that the cost of the repair will be less.
Or the opposite can happen, example: A repair shop has told your engine has a
blown head gasket, once the dis-assembly is complete they inform you the head gasket
is ok, and the cylinder has been pressure checked and is ok. This only leaves the
engine block as the failure and must be replaced to repair the problem, and that
can be very costly. Always check the intake gasket first on V6, V8 and V10 engines.
Then the cylinder head gaskets, cylinder heads and finally the engine block.
first check and make sure that the engine cylinders are clear. no coolent in the cylinders. do this buy taking the spark plugs out. I think you have a leaky intake. If its that stupid plastic upper intake. it could be simply the gasket but personaly id replace the intake to. Or your ignition control box went out on you. and you tryed to starting it for to long in one shot and fryed your starter. but im gonna guess its hydro locked. what it the car did and what you did with it. hope you got a buddy thats a shade tree mechanic.
It's normal for the check engine light to be on when the car's engine is not running. If the car is turning over but won't start under its own power, then there maybe another problem unrelated to antifreeze being low in level. Did you ever notice white smoke coming from the tailpipe indicating a head gasket leak? If so, then the antifreeze is likely coming out of the tailpipe when running, or there is a slow leak in something say like the water pump gasket or shaft. It's a good idea to check what codes are tripped using an obd-II scanner to point you in the right direction. Good luck on this repair.
I would inspect this better before you spend the big bucks on major gasket work, could be the waterpump or a hose connection WHAT TYPE OF VEHICLE, MOTOR? i WOULD TAKE IT TO A DIFFERENT SHOP, If it is leaking on ground they will lift car on hoist or from above and show you what or where it is leaking from, the odds of a head gasket leaking out on the ground is rare they usually don't leak this way,but it is possible.
If your intake gaskets are leaking, when you dump soapy water on the gasket, it should bubble like crazy ( when it's running). If you can, run it with the rad cap off and watch for bubbles. If it keeps bubbling, you probably have a head gasket problem.
For the most part it sounds half way accurate. First of all telling you that it needs to be fixed within 5 to 6 months, in my opinion was a scare tactic used to try to get you to approve the work. Because no one can say it will last this long or that long, there just no way of knowing. I have personally never seen oil leaking into the coolant, in my experience it is always the coolant leaking into the oil. However this is a concern because if coolant is or starts leaking into the oil, it will mix and the oil will lose its ability to lubricate and the engine could seize up eventually (not "blow"). Now then on some model vehicles coolant does run through the intake manifold but I have never seen oil run through the intake. This is were they are indicating they are leaking together. My guess is you have a coolant leak in the intake manifold and the engine is burning the coolant when it runs. Now then my suggestion would be to take it into a different shop and get a second opinion. Tell them the other shop said it will cost 750.00 and that's to high. In these economic times 99% of shops will beat that price to do the work. Also this isn't work that a dealership needs to do, any half way decent shop can make the repairs. I wouldn't take it into a dealership because I feel there labor rates are too high. Any way good luck and I hoped this helped.
It is the head gasket. Have that replaced and you will be fine. You have an air leak. I was told by the mechanic at mazda that the anti freeze eats away at the gaskets. CRAZY, but it works. I still have an issue with my 2001 Tribute revving while in park. Its always something.