thanks guys, i’ll print this page and trouble shoot all of these things. steam/smoke out the exhaust…i think it’s likely the head gasket.
from what i’ve heard even if i have a guy pull it, machine it, put it back in, i’ll likely still have the same or similar problem. change a variable on an old engine and it will likely start a chain of events…is that correct?
for 425.00 i’ll likely add synth oil frequently, coolant also and drive it w/ the heat on to keep it cool. it’s inspected thru Fall and will pass inspection now likely.
if it’s the gasket, can i control its demise by doing the aforementioned things? i like her, cleaned and vacuumed her, i’m hoping to make it work thru to Fall at least. i just hate the idea of car payments again, i own my truck free and clear and don’t want to start the fuck you pay bullshit again.
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I don’t really agree with the “change a variable = chain of events”. What would be the chain of events to follow? Besides the water pump because I already recommend changing that with the head gasket. Timing belt, get the whole kit, tensioner belt etc.
Changing to synthetic oil COULD cause problems if the car hasn’t seen it for its entire life. Problems as in leaky rings and things of that nature. I’ve personally never experienced this but I know people who have. Driving with the heat on in summer is going to blow dick. Especially because it’s going to be HOT, like hotter than your heat would normally be, nor do I know if that would even work.
If the head gasket is gone you’re losing compression, therefore losing performance and MPG’s. Not to mention possibly trashing the head for good if you warp it enough.
I’m basically telling you to spend a little now if you really want to keep this thing and keep driving it.
Head gasket, water pump, timing belt kit. Plus you’ll get a good luck at whats going on in the rest of the engine.
I guess worst case you can try and do what you said, it won’t really cost you anything but do you really want to keep a gallon or 2 of water with you at all times and deal with the unreliability?