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    yesterday. I found coolant, or what I presume to be coolant in the oil pan. nice milky yellow stuff stuck to my dipstick. Several wipes and inserts of the stick back into the pan reveal more of the same. Car runs fine and the coolant level is only down slightly. (approx 1/4-1/2" in teh expansion tank.) No overheataing, nothing out of the ordinary. :grr: poss head gasket, but not sure. This would be my second time tearing this motor apart and am just not sure I have the strength or the pocket book to do it again. :cry:

  • #2
    send the oil out to be analyzed. It is cheap and will tell you 100%.

    Sorry to hear that. :sosad:
    Chris L.

    Spray paint and tire shine doesn't equate to a "restoration!"

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    • #3
      Originally posted by UNHCLL
      send the oil out to be analyzed. It is cheap and will tell you 100%.

      Sorry to hear that. :sosad:

      True. but, I am pretty certain it is coolant. I mean what else could it be? Plus the analysis wouldn't get it fixed any sooner or cheaper. :(

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      • #4
        We feel upset when our car breaks down, its a natural feeling because we love these cars!

        Headgasket problem won't drain your pocket, at least you will have the chance to look and check other things while in there. Just make sure that it is done properly this time.

        You can do it!

        audibm

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        • #5
          get a manual and learn to do it yourself! It will save you lots of money and be very satisfying. (Not that I have done this myself and I'm sure it's not an easy job...but definitely worth the try. All you have to lose is the cost of a tow truck if it doesn't work, but look at what you can save!)
          "It is needless to say that self-propelling vehicles, like other machines, will never do as much for one who does not understand them as for one who does."

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          • #6
            Its not that hard to do yourself...tedious...but you can do it....ive done it twice without any prior knowledge of any work like that on any car.

            DONT DRIVE THE CAR WITH THE COOLANT IN THE OIL....DRAIN IT ASAP....coolant eats away at bearings.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by AlpineRunner
              get a manual and learn to do it yourself! It will save you lots of money and be very satisfying. (Not that I have done this myself and I'm sure it's not an easy job...but definitely worth the try. All you have to lose is the cost of a tow truck if it doesn't work, but look at what you can save!)
              I am not saying that I disagree but it can be very expensive if you have to do it twice b/c you messed something up. I, for one, love to do things myself but some things are better left to a knowledgeable mechanic. If you feel confident enough to tackle it...do it, but know the consequences of doing it wrong.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ///Mflossin
                I am not saying that I disagree but it can be very expensive if you have to do it twice b/c you messed something up. I, for one, love to do things myself but some things are better left to a knowledgeable mechanic. If you feel confident enough to tackle it...do it, but know the consequences of doing it wrong.
                Well, unless you chose the mechanic VERY carefully, I am inclined to believe they are more likely to screw things up than you are. For the "pro" car care people, it is all about giving an estimate then getting the job done as quickly as possible to make as much money as possible. That always entails corner cutting to a greater or lesser degree.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ironhead
                  Well, unless you chose the mechanic VERY carefully, I am inclined to believe they are more likely to screw things up than you are. For the "pro" car care people, it is all about giving an estimate then getting the job done as quickly as possible to make as much money as possible. That always entails corner cutting to a greater or lesser degree.
                  The mechanic that cuts corners to save time and reap as much profit as possible is shooting himself in the foot and subsequently will not be in business long if he operates that way. Maybe I am blessed with good mechanics but all of the mechanics I have dealt with have been extremely attentive to detail. You need to let them know, upfront, what you expect as a customer and establish a relationship. I wouldn't bring my baby to some place that wasn't established and reputable....nor do I recommend that anybody here bring it to a shop that they are not familiar with. Again, I don't disagree with the notion of doing things yourself...it's just knowing the ramifications and being comfortable with them if, in fact, the job is not completed with 100% accuracy.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ///Mflossin
                    The mechanic that cuts corners to save time and reap as much profit as possible is shooting himself in the foot and subsequently will not be in business long if he operates that way. Maybe I am blessed with good mechanics but all of the mechanics I have dealt with have been extremely attentive to detail. You need to let them know, upfront, what you expect as a customer and establish a relationship. I wouldn't bring my baby to some place that wasn't established and reputable....nor do I recommend that anybody here bring it to a shop that they are not familiar with. Again, I don't disagree with the notion of doing things yourself...it's just knowing the ramifications and being comfortable with them if, in fact, the job is not completed with 100% accuracy.
                    I do have to admit, most of my experience has been with dealership mechanics while getting the wife's "family truckster" fixed. With them almost every visit is a negative experience in one way or another.

                    There is a local "specialist shop" here where I know the owner and have watched the way they work (the owner doesn't do any work anymore). Even this shop, with an impecable reputation, would not get my car unless I was desperate.

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                    • #11
                      i dont trust any mechanics...i dont trust myself...but if someone is gonna fuck it up...its gonna be me.

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                      • #12
                        I don't mind If I screw up something - I put it down to the learning curve (like doing the gearbox selector shaft seal three times before I realised I was scoring the shaft each time and wrecking the new seal!).

                        But I hate paying for someone else to screw up! There are very few things I use garages for - changing tyres is one of them, and it always pisses me off. (Like the last place - removed 4 wheel bolts and then started kicking the wheel to get it off - until I pointed out it has 5 bolts, not 4)
                        Steve
                        Scottish Cecotto

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                        • #13
                          sounds like you guys are surrounded by bad mechanics....I have nothing to say except praise for mine. Not only do I trust them...I am completely satisfied with their attention to the details. They aren't cheap but neither is peace/piece of mind.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ADA///M
                            i dont trust any mechanics...i dont trust myself...but if someone is gonna fuck it up...its gonna be me.

                            One of the funniest things I've heard in a long time
                            2000 Porsche Boxster S - Daily Driver
                            1995 Porsche 993
                            2001 BMW 530iA Sport (hers)
                            2004 Ford F-150 FX4
                            2005 KTM 450EXC (More fun than all of the above)

                            Gone:

                            1988 BMW M3 2.5 EVOIII Replica
                            1985 BMW M635CSI
                            2001 BMW M3
                            1988 BMW 325is (E30 M3 springs, steering, Konis, etc) - my favorite BMW - missed.

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                            • #15
                              Sorry, and good luck. :(


                              Disclaimer: Remember, I know absolutely nothing, but it doesn't prevent me from having an opinion or suggestion. :

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