The motor started ď started using ď coolant. This was at the same time I had struck a deer. Minor damage - driverside headlight, fender and windshield washer tank and the steering wheel air bag. While waiting to bring it in to get repaired I had to top it off twice (no heat coming out of the heater) When it went in the shop I asked the body shop guy to check to see if there was any coolant leaks he could see with everything apart and couldnít see anything. This is when I suspected a blown head gasket. It was in the shop a couple months, I had another vehicle to drive and the body guy was a friend so I didnít push him because he was giving me a good price. When it was done I drove it about 5 miles and it stalls at a stop sign. The oil lamp idiot light is lit and I smell oil. Open the hood and no oil on the dip stick. Put in three quarts to get me to full but I had 5000 miles and was ready for a change, usually at that point itís a quart low. I hadnít been changing the O ring on the filter housing cap because it always looked good and a friend said the wetness he noticed in that area indicated I was losing oil probably from the O ring. With the oil full again, I started it and without having any ticking or knocking I drove it home with the check engine verbiage light on. Halfway during that 6 mile drive home the yellow check engine verbiage changed to red ďurgentĒ verbiage. With 2 1/2 to 3 miles to go I babied it home. Letting off the gas as I pulled in the driveway it stalled and didnít start after that. It kind of sounded like no compression. I donít own a check engine light reader so Iím not sure what it wold have read. At that time I dove into the heíd gasket job. When I removed the head gasket, much of the gasket material that was impregnated into the serrated metal part of the gasket was disturbed/missing. Only about a dime sized piece of material was on the block that needed to be scraped off, the rest of the block as fairly clean. The head was resurfaced and just prior to finishing it l took a picture of the of it showing the probable area where the head gasket failed and allowed the coolant to be ďusedĒ.
Iíll be honest. I donít want to put a lot of money into this motor if I canít get beyond this. A local junk yard has one with 118,000 miles on it, 4000 more miles than mine for $850. I have just over $300 into this one now and if it doesnít work out Iíll reuse the timing/water pump stuff and put it in the junkyard motor.
I do hope I havenít ruined this thread. If it gets fruitless, moderators, if you think there isnít any redeeming value go ahead and remove the posts from my first one on. Just trying to be a backyard mechanic, I have had many successes based on info gained from forums, those successes do make you feel pretty good.
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