Say it ain't so...(Hi John!)
Was driving to work yesterday, the typical daily hour-each-way commute. I was nearly halfway there when I realized the air coming from the vents was no longer warm. I was occasionally catching a wiff of oily smoke; I had thought it was the old beater car in front of me. I turned down the radio to listen to the engine and could hear a sputter from time to time, so I pulled off the road to check it out.
I inspected under the hood and couldn't find any coolant or oil leaks around the head, and there was no dripping or puddling under the car. When I got back into the car, knowing I needed to get it back home, the coolant gauge was reading hot. I decided to limp it home. About halfway back, the car started to behave poorly--very little power.
I made it back to my town, cruised up to a red light and the car died. It wouldn't restart. When attempting to start it, black oily smoke rolled out of the dash vents!!! Needless to say, it wouldn't start.
I called for a tow truck, and had it towed to the mechanic's shop down the street from my house. They're going to inspect the "damage" on Monday. In all the excitement, I never thought to pull out the Xcal2 and scan for codes(not that it would necessarily solve anything at this point), but I'm going up there this evening to check it out.
Details...170k miles. Due for a second timing belt change(but it's still tight and damge-free). Coolant overflow tank was EMPTY upon getting to town, and the car dying. Uhh, what else...ask away.
2003 CD Silver SVT Sunroof and Machs
#1229 of 3985 Date of Birth April 21, 2003
Borla Cat-Back/SVTF tip, Steeda Short Throw,FRPP 9mm Plug Wires, Upgraded "Big 3", HIA Short Ram, Xcal2 tuned by FocusSport, SRF TB, EAP Wheels(thanks John), Audiophile sub(thanks John), Euro Grill(thanks Aaron)