My son's truck. He's gone for 3 months, and I want to check the oil (looks like there might be a leak)but I just don't know how to open the hood. Popped the release inside, but can't figure out what to push or pull to get the hood open.
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Sounds like a valve cover gasket or oil pressure switch. If you open the hood and look at the front and both sides of the engine using a flashlight you will probably be able to see where it is coming from. You may need/want to take it to a trustworthy mechanic to have it repaired.
This is different. In a perfect world, you would run the truck on a dynamometer, get it up to 55 MPH and look under the truck. The fluid is going somewhere. There is a vent tube on most axles. Follow the tube to find its' end and see if the fluid is traveling away from where you had expected a leak. Check your axle shafts under the rear rotors to see if the Emergency brake drum is oil coated. Another way to think about this is the original failure. The pinion seal. The seal contacts the rotating flange. If you have a wobble in the driveshaft, (balance issues, U-joints) then the rotating flange can wobble. If you have a bad pinion bearing or carrier bearing, it can work to make the spline gear wobble. So I am suggesting that the leaking Pinion seal was caused by something and the seal was a casualty of an undetermined cause. You should be able to add an Ultra-violet dye to the axle fluid to find your leak. Even if it is running from the same place, the current leak will be showing the UV dye. Please rate my info.
Open hood,look everywhere,if not at top of motor,get under vehicle and look and you should see and follow,if you need to get a mirror for a better view.Check by oil filter,oil pressure switch,valve cover.rear oil seal.If no leaking,then maybe it's burning oil,any smoke.
check the oil and if it looks milky he probly needs a new head gasket. If the oil looks normal you probably nee to check the thermostate and get a mechanic to give your radiator a pressure test to check for leaks
your break system should never need fluid, as your breaks wear down you will see a little lower level in the resivour. if you are adding that much fluid and you don't see any leaks at any of the wheels, your break booster could be leaking. where you add the fluid at the master cylinder there is a vacume booster that has a diafram in side, look carefully around the bottom of this diafram out side under the hood, I have seen them leak inside also where the break passes thru the fire wall you may feel the oil on the carpet under the dash. if you see no leaks keep looking you are loosing oil some where
The Chrysler minivan products all had leaking problems. I have had 5 or 6 different Dodge or Plymouth minivans from 88 to 99. How bad is it. The most common thing is Valve cover leaks. Front and rear seals in the engine leak as well as the oil pan gasket. If its leaking a little bit at a time open the hood and look at the front and rear of the engine. Do you see grease and oil that has gone down the sides of the engine? Do you see a lot of grease on the engine with some clean streaks going through it. You may be able to see where its leaking from. If you know someone that knows what their doing have them change the leaky gasket/s. If not you can probably have it repaired for less than buying another van unless other things are seriously wrong with the van.
Hope this helps... Dale
She should still have some life left in her. The water pump isn't too hard to replace, really no special tools needed. When motors get around that mileage, they will use some oil and have some leaks. As the engine wears, blow by developes and will cause gaskets to leak. I would also check the PCV valve.
open hood pull out oil dip stick, if oil looks like coffee with cream it is possible that the head gasket is bad. if the oil looks a normal color the cooling fans could not be working .have a radiator pressure test done to determine where coolant leak is.