Need a scematic for a 1997 Ford F150 to change head gasket
Blew white smoke last time it started, then no start, no leaks, gas in radiator water, plan to check compression, moving parts, still need a schematic to tear into th engine. 1997 ford F150XL -built in the beginning of the year
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Do your compression test to see which cylinder is low so you know which head to pull (v8). Bet on a blown head gasket. Go to your friendly neighborhood parts store and buy a Haynes manual for your make and model. They're around $30 and if you do your own work, it'll pay for itself ten fold, you won't regret it. It'll have step by step instructions for the whole job including torque specs and schematic drawings and pictures. A weekend job for a novice, day for an expert. Good luck and post your results.
The fuse layout is in the owners manual. If you did not get an owners manual with your truck ( purchased used ), you can download one from Ford : https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owners_manuals/default.asp
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White smoke indicates water. If combined with misfires it looks like a broken head gasket or water in the gasoline. Check, when cold and just started if the coolant in the radiator burbs exhaust gas... Also check if the oil is clear and not milky, another indication of water in the oild and also points to a broken head gasket.
Are you noticing any puddles under your truck? You can buy or possably rent a pressure tester that you just remove the radiator cap and hook the tester up in it's place and pump up the cooling system and watch for leaks. If there are no puddles it must be leaking into the engine from a leaky head gasket or intake manifold gasket. Do you notice excess steam or white smoke from your exhaust? Does your oil look milky? If it does water is leaking into the crankcase. Does it run rough at all? You can start your truck with the radiator cap off and watch for bubbles. If you see alot of bubbles it could be exhaust or compression gasses which would confirm a bad head gasket or cracked head.
usually when you get white smoke its because ur head gasket blew mixing antifreeze and engine oil look at ur oil and see if its a milky white color.car will not start beacuse ur loosing compression threw the gasket blowing..
Two choice: 1. Inspect the Head Gasket; Cause: head gasket leaking coolant into cylinders 2. inspect the Engine; Cause: Cracked block leaking coolant into cylinders. Coolant is not a flammable liquid, therefore a lot of coolant in cylinder creates starting problem. You should check your engine and the coolant system for this issue.
The first thing you can do is check the oil dipstick - you're looking
for a milky brown color as opposed to a dark brown (normal) color for
oil - unless you've recently had an oil change - then it will be like
honey. If you don't see any discoloration - I would then look around
the the bottom of the area where the valve covers are located - the
valve covers sit atop the heads and if you have a "blown" head gasket -
you may see evidence of water/coolant seepage. You can also take the
vehicle to a mechanic, who can do a simple test using air pressure to
isolate a potential gasket issue.
Check for possible water in oil, also remove radiator cap and start engine does water want to pump out of radiator, is there white smoke coming out of tail pipe, if yes to any of those blown head gasket, if not sure yet remove spark plugs crank engine over is there any coolant coming out of spark plug holes, if yes blown head gasket, and last have a block test any repair shop can do this.Good luck
Stage one of a blown head gasket is a pin hole leak. As time goes by the hole(s) get bigger.
I will start traking the coolant lost and oil lose.
From the time you stop your engine to the next morning,there can be slow leakage between the coolant passage and the cyclinder end of the head gasket.
This is one possiblilty of lots of white smoke in AM.
Small amount is normal but large amount of smoke is a call for a professional check up.
To pin point a blowing headgasket you will need
1)coolant system compression tester
2)chemical reaction test for combustion test gas
If it's the org. engine from 1997,with over 110,000 then blowning headgasket is a good possiblity.
Drive it to the shop and let the pro to do the coolant pressure test and combustion gas test.
A full head gasket job with head re-surface (if it can be re-use) is worth it.
Shop around on well estiblished independent shops.
Fix the blown head gasket at the first stage of failure can safe you thousand on a head replacement.
Look at the water pump and rubber hoses.. Start by topping off the radiator with fluid. Any leaks yet ? Then start the truck to let it run and warm up and build up pressure.. Observer the engine and note where the water sprays out.
this indicates that you have a blown head gasket. you may not have water in the oil pan but it's because the water is not leaking into your oil galleys,but instead leaking into the cylinders and being burned hence the white smoke.. there is a big myth that you will get water in the oil with a blown head gasket . there might be trace amounts but the only time you get water in the oil is if the heads crack or the block cracks othere wise most times it's just getting burnt in the cylinders,hence the great amount of white smoke. please rate this thanks.