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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 02, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well i was driving my car and it just felt like it was choking for air so i stopped and took off the air filter and it was fine. next i pulled out the intake hose and there it was. a nice big pile of rust colored "mud". it was a mixture of radiator fluid, oil, and something that may be water. it DIDNT go through the air filter and the air filter was too dirty, it went through the pcv valve in the breather tube and spit it into the intake hose. now dont get me wrong...there was a lot of that gunk in all three parts. Why would my valves spit that stuff out like that. my engine does run hot sometimes and i have drained the radiator fluid once before but its NEVER been actually flushed. im having a new engine built now so i dont really car if the engine busts but i need to save the radiator unless you guys think it could have overheated and cracked....anyone have any idea whats going on? i also have oil leaking from the same gasket with the pcv valve. HELP
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SORRY I MEANT TO SAY THE AIR FILTER WASNT TOO DIRTY
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 31st, 02, 02:10 AM
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Sounds like a blown head gasket, or worse. Good thing you're not saving this engine.
I would think that a good radiator flushing with the right stuff would save it for you, depending on how old it is.
Good luck!
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2.8's and 3.1's are notorious for having the intake manifold gasket water passages, at the four corners, leak into the crankcase. I hate to wreck your day, but if you've been driving the car around like this for more than a few miles, then the engine is all done!!

The antifreeze, even in small amounts, will destroy the main and rod bearings in no time. Maybe it's time for that V8 upgrade you've been dreaming of!!
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o you people and your fancy smancy v8's. yeah i think the engine is done for...the guy thats building my FAST V6 engine told me i might need to upgrade the radiator so i guess ill just be pissin in the wind if i try to flush the radiator. i just hope the engine will hold out for a few weeks.... THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPLY
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Yeah, at this point, flushing would probably make it worse. It could wash more of the gasket out causing it to just whiz water into the crankcase at an amazing rate.

Try to reduce the pressure in the cooling system as much as you can. Try a 6 pound radiator cap, or leave the cap loose if you can get away with it.

Make sure that the crankcase oil level doesn't go too far over full or you will send the engine hydraulic! At that point, it's "game over" and you'll need some more quarters!

Drive it as nice as you can and it may just last a few weeks!!
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