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Engine trouble After engine died and lost power on highway and would not restart, had truck towed home. Fixed power issue with new battery to starter cable. Also found crack in radiator. Fixed crack in radiator and refilled system, found water pouring from catalytic converter. Pulled plug from oil pan and found water in oil pan. Engine still will not start suspect head gasket blown. is engine worth saving?

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Sounds pretty serious. If the truck is in decent condition you might want to check into a good used engine.

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Its not the catalytic convertor its not the transmission and i dont believe you need a new engine.It does sound like the engine is getting hot though Have you had a TK head test done as head gasket is a possibility.The head does play a major part in the combustion process.but would not require a complete engine if its faulty as heads are easier and cheaper to repair than an engine would be.Its dificult to give you a definitive answer without the vehicle in front of me and a number of tests to determine the true cause.Are you able to remove the spark plugs to see if therse any indication of trouble,all the plugs should be the same color and not too different in any way.If one plug is noticably different then its likely that cylinder is having problems and will isolate which cylinder is giving you trouble.The fact that you can smell the engine usualy means its getting too hot for some reason wether its blocked radiator,faulty thermostat,fan not working or no water left in the radiator.Not sure with your model but some vehicles had the ability to shut itself down to protect itself if over heating occured.

Posted on Nov 02, 2008


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SOURCE: Water/coolant in oil.

It could be two different things. First it could be the start of a bad head gasket, its not blown yet but shes on her way out. Second it could be simply the air intake gaskets are weeping coolant into the lifter valley, then trickling down into the oil system. I'd check the obvious one first, the intake...hope that helped

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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take out all the spark plugs and put a radiator pressre tester on the radiator and pressurize the system, then inspect each spark plug hole for coolant. you will find out what cylinder or head will need service. How did this car run before sitting? Blue smoke is not good, although it doesnt sound like you have run it long enough to verify any real cyl problems. if its smoking it may be overhaul time. and the complete engin ewill need disassembly.

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SOURCE: My chevy s10's radiator blew I replaced it...

the head could be cracked also. check the oil if its milky then its the head gasket or head probably. if no then when its running is there alot white smoke that also could be a cracked head or head gasket.the first is antifreeze leeking into the oil system usually cracked head. the second is antifreeze leeeking into the cylinder
so no external leek

Posted on Jul 11, 2010


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SOURCE: Check engine light comes on.

Mine was doing that also.. We changed the two EGR valves, changed spark plugs and wires, and finally cleaned the Mass Air flow Sensor with carburetor cleaner. That seemed to helped the most. You have to take the sensor off to do it.. you can find a youtube video that explains it. Now all I have to do is figure out why my car's RPM's surge when slowing down.

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