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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old May 14th, 02, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hey I have a 86 z28 305 all stock camaro. It has been overheating the past 2 days and I was full of coolant one day checked it the next and tank was all dry. So I put some water in and ran ok. Was coming home today and pulled into neighborhood and only when i stepped on the gas i would hear a noise like something was dragging and a loss of power. Noticed smoke coming from hood and shut off rolled into the culdesac popped the hood crack in radiator and antifreeze everywhere. waited for engine to cool off then it started up so i could pull into the driveway but can anybody tell me what to do now and is my engine toast or what?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old May 14th, 02, 05:38 PM
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Maybe not - them Chevy's is as tough as nails. See if there is any coolant in oil?
Fix the rad. problem and run it but, keep checking for coolant in oil (or visy versa) for the next couple hundred miles and be ready for head gaskets if it really cooked.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old May 15th, 02, 05:13 PM
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Make sure the electric fans are operating. They should always be on when the A/C is on, so if you have A/C turn it on and see if fans are operating. If not, could be fan motor(s), connections or fuses.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old May 16th, 02, 07:49 AM
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Replace or repair that radiator like Vintage 68 said. I just put a brand new radiator in my 84 Z28, the original was looking ratty. It runs nice and cool now....190 degrees unless I hit traffic. Make sure the water pump is good, and the electric fan is working. Has it been using anti freeze for a while? May be a head gasket...what do the plugs look like?
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old May 17th, 02, 02:47 AM
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In the software game, "NASCAR 4" I just take some tape off the front grill. Works great!
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