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Old 06-11-2006, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default Coolant in the engine complete engine shutdown whar do i do?

Well today my car has 144k miles and my car stoped running instantly and earlier it was like jolting alittle when 1st started all of my coolant went into the engine cause i see no leaks newhere and the resivour was empty along with the radiator and there was no signs of ;eaks on the road sides an area where it looked like some blew out of my exaust what should i do now i have no money to bring it in or fix it do i need to het that out of there and how?
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hyrdolocked?

Could be the UIM. Either way you may be better off with a new motor.
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GET THE OIL DRAINED IMMEDIATELY. If not, serious engine damage can occur from the coolant eating away at the lower end bearings. The engine may be salvagable if you drain the oil/coolant mix.

Your UIM and LIM gaskets likely failed.
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GET THE OIL DRAINED IMMEDIATELY. If not, serious engine damage can occur from the coolant eating away at the lower end bearings. The engine may be salvagable if you drain the oil/coolant mix.

Your UIM and LIM gaskets likely failed.

Got it to start kept an eye on oil dont seem to have ne coolant in it but lots of white smoke blew out of the back all the coolant was burnt up in the engine and the oil looks normal so I have to go to bed now but no more white smoke came out so all the coolant should be ran thru the engine ran smooooth no engine noise once i ran it all out so i should be good if i keep the car parked till I can get money to put into whatever is wrong right......... btw i have 144k the engine and upper intake was replaced at 89k total engine rebuild on it at 89k sucks this happened so soon after that less than 60k
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Can't stress enough what Vital told you. You have a coolant leak into the engine. Even if you are going to park it, get the oil changed right away, or you will destroy the lower part of the engine.
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Drain the oil and DO NOT DRIVE THE CAR AGAIN until it'* fixed. Even if the oil looks fine.
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The reason everyone suggests you drain the oil is because during the combustion process there is a certain amount that gets past the piston rings and that'* where your PCV system comes into play. In this case..some moisture will have gotten into the oil. You may not see it, but it will be there.

I helped change the gaskets and manifold on one that sat a week while waiting for stuff. Then a month later I helped change that motor.
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This has happened to alot of members (myself included with my SLE), so believe us when we say to drain that oil. Even if the coolant leak did not mix with the oil initially, it will pool inside the cylinders, which are not leakproof. That coolant WILL go somewhere else, like drip into the crankcase. Get those lower gaskets changed, if the upper manifold is bad you now have several options available to you, depending on how much you want to spend. Also replace the spark plugs and O2 sensor as they are contaminated now and will not run right until they are replaced.
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mine was a UIM gasket- I had it replaced when I first saw fluid on the manifold- and I never had a visible loss of coolant tho- but that is what I lost- Spun bearings. yes get it ASAP. and once fixed- change OIL- drive it get it hot- and change oil again- just to be safe

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mine was a UIM gasket- I had it replaced when I first saw fluid on the manifold- and I never had a visible loss of coolant tho- but that is what I lost- Spun bearings. yes get it ASAP. and once fixed- change OIL- drive it get it hot- and change oil again- just to be safe

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Yes 100%... And if you were my friend I'd hit you upside your head if you didn't get the oil changed...

The upper intake failure usually begins by using some coolant almosy unnoticed by most owners... By the time you get to the point you are at the oil has already been contaminated with the byproduct of coolant being burned in the combustion process... The oil will become acidic and eat up the bearings... There is a new member that actually had pics of the bearings in his car.... The ones thast didn't spin were badly pitted...

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