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HELP! big problem

ok well, here goes, went to start my car yesterday. when i turned the key, it cranked once, the i could hear the engine turn slowly, and after a couple seconds it finally started. then later in the day, it did the same thing, when i went to drive, the engine was vibrating, adn felt very uinder powered. also, there was a massive trail of blue/white smoke out of the tail pipes, i mean MASSIVE. so i pulled over and shut it off. i then turned it on and it did the same thing, only it ranfor about 5 seconds and stalled, and now it wont start. help! i was thinkin it might be a hg, but that wouldn't cause it to not run. so maybe a spun bearing? idk, just lookin 4 help.
o, also it was over heating pretty bad the other day, the thermostat wasn't opening so i had to change it.


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sounds like a head gasket. my mothers taurus did the dame thing u described two years ago. luckily i was like a hundred feet from teh shop my dad worked at so i could push it into a bay
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A headgasket could very easily prevent the engine from turning over if the engine has become hydro-locked. A spun main bearing could do the same. Try turning the engine over by hand with a breaker bar. If it won't turn, do the same thing, only with the spark plugs removed this time. If it turns, then the engine was likely hydro-locked (headgaskets). If it still won't turn, then you probably have a spun bearing. If the engine was hydro-locked, you can plan on seeing something like this:






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o ok, um when i take the spark plugs out, do i turn the car on and c if it cranks over? or do it by hand w the breaker bar?


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I would recommend doing it by hand. You have a lot more control over it that way.

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o, ok. i'll have to try that in the morning. yes another long car project!


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04 ram- ya, its a hemi- [email protected] -sold!!
92 tbird sc- sold!!!- almost made it to the 60ft mark

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-13-2004, 01:34 AM
 
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i wonder why the HG's go left and right on the 3.8's never happens with any of the 5.0 guys
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-13-2004, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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simple, iron block, aluminum heads, and there isn't really too much between the cylinders and the coolant passages


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simple, iron block, aluminum heads, and there isn't really too much between the cylinders and the coolant passages
That combined with the OEM head bolts that were idiotically designed to flex and move around to compensate for the different expansion/contraction rates of the two different types of material used. It's like putting a piece of paper between two pieces of sandpaper and rubbing. The paper is going to be gone pretty quick.
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what are ways of prolonging the HG life besides making sure the car isnt running very hot and beating on it ?
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fel-pro gaskets, ARP head studs, 180* t-stat, flush coolant once or twice a year.
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mmm, hydrolocked. this should b fun


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you know, between my friends and i, we own 6 mn12s (4 cougars 2tbirds) and of all of them, 4 have blown headgaskets, and y haven't the other 2? simple... V8!


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04 ram- ya, its a hemi- [email protected] -sold!!
92 tbird sc- sold!!!- almost made it to the 60ft mark

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o, so i found out.........drum role please.........blown hg's!, like we all new, but it gets better........a cracked head!!!


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04 ram- ya, its a hemi- [email protected] -sold!!
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very nice. sorry to hear that! Hey, good excuse for ported heads right?
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well, at the very least. i think i'm puttin a remanned in.....fun


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04 ram- ya, its a hemi- [email protected] -sold!!
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