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Hi all. Life sucks here. I'm driving my car down the road. Suddenly my "heat" isn't so hot. Then the engine starts to overheat. I open the hood to find most of my water in the reservoir. There are signs of water pouring out of the reservoir. I vent the radiator, and find pretty much no water in the entire system. I have spent a day changing the thermostat (twice), and venting the system to get the air out. There was quite a bit. I am on my last straw. Is it possible the reservoir drain hose is kinked, and the pressure will force water up and out, but not back it? Can my Rad. cap be faulty, and not allow pressure to vent properly. I know when I relieve pressure on the system, water starts to bubble from the reservoir. What a friggin mess. I've been told "head" or "gasket", but that is not an expense I can deal with right now. I have not noticed any huge amounts of water in my last oil change. Any ideas?!

3.8....104,000miles. No known problems to this point.

please email me ..... [email protected] with any responses. I am in a jam.


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Wade F
 

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Wade,
Now I'm not 100% sure, and anyone correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like the 3.8 head gasket phonominon. The head gasket fails between the cylender and the coolant passage. This forces combustion gasses and other "yucky"stuff into the cooling system. The cooling system, in turn is overloaded with pressure, venting air and anything that gets in the way (including coolant that gets caught up in this mess, ending up in your resevoir).
A common sign of this, is there is no heat, and the temp guage "dances". It will overheat, then drop down, then overheat, ect...
To test this, first look at your engine oil. If it appears "milky", make it a VERY GOOD POINT not to drive it anyfurther (rod, main, and cam bearings hate water). Your next step would be to fill the cold cooling system up with coolant. Using a radiator pressure tester (if you don't have one, your local parts house normally rents them or tests for you), Mount the tester on the radiator, apply no pressure to cooling system. Start your car. If the pressure tester rises almost imediately, it is the heads/ gaskets. If the pressure rises above 16 PSI, Its the head/gaskets. <_<
This would be my best belifes, and if it is, that's a bummer dude!
 

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Originally posted by Crazy_Brys_Auto@Feb 6 2004, 09:43 PM
A common sign of this, is there is no heat, and the temp guage "dances". It will overheat, then drop down, then overheat, ect...
oh crap. that happens to me all the time. and it is smoking white in the back. Not good. i will have to check it out as soon as possible.
 

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I could be wrong about this but... try spraying quick start (ether) on the head gaskets and if the idle goes up, your screwed!! just a thought
 
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