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Old 02-02-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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car died at gas station.

for the past month the car has been acting up a bit at random, seemed like a misfire, 2 days ago i pulled the codes and got cylinder 2 misfire and random misfire codes.. New plugs/wires cured that. drove to the gas station, ran fine...when i got in and tried to start it up it just popped and sputtered and wouldn't stay running. Got er towed and noticed a mess of oil under the car, just had a peek and its all down the back of the engine but can not tell where its coming from until I get access to a hoist.

Checked oil, it was way overfilled despite apparently leaking a lot of it. Coolant overflow appears to be empty.

My thought is oil filled up with coolant and kept the engine from starting, either leaked out a vent or blew a seal somewhere.

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Sounds to me like you may have drop the valve seat. It's almost exactly what happened to mine even at a gas station. I don't know if you know but it's a common issue with these engines, it's preventable with a head rebuild but after it has already happened it can cause extensive internal damage. The best way to find out for sure is to have the engine pressure checked. If you have one cylinder with no compression I hate to say it, but it probably happened.

It will has been known to destroy the head, piston, cylinder walls, rod. It the most common in the #4 piston but it has happened in others.
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:56 PM   #3
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:33 AM   #4
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i know about the valve issue, but the car didn't make a sound..no clunking or rattling, just stumbled and wouldn't stay going upon restart. And the oil all over the ground, along with the oil level on the dipstick being overfilled? could that still be a dropped valve seat?
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Mine was running perfectly fine, when it stalled on me at a gas station. It was over after that. No noise, nothing it just stalled. It would not restart eventually after several attemps the engine locked up. Now it won't even crank, I pulled the engine and its now sitting in the back yard at my friends house.

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well, cylinder 1 (or 4, whichever is on the belt side) has no compression. I guess, the valve seat failed. Where is the oil coming from?, i cant get under to see. could a rod really have went through the block? It cranks over without making any odd noises, just kinda coughs and wont start. No coolant in the reservoir, oil level very high, lots of oil leaking out when attempting to crank the engine.
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That is #1 cylinder it is possible for the rod to have broke. But I would imagine it would have locked up by now. I really hope the best for ya mate. I would hate for you to tare apart the engine for nothing, but all signs are pointing to a dropped seat.

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Oil spewing out when cranking is almost for sure a hole in the block, dont trash the car, get another block from a junk yard ($100) and get the rebuilt head and other parts off ebay, it can be done for about $600.
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well i had a good look..there is no hole in the block, i drained the oil so I cannot tell where its leaking from. The car simply refused to start, and apparently dumped a lot of oil on the ground (tow driver had to put absorbent stuff on it). Along with no measurable compression on one cylinder...i guess i can call it a valve drop at this point, but where did that oil come from? maybe a hole in the cylinder allowed antifreeze to drain into the engine, overfilling it to the oint it squirted out somewhere trying to crank it over??
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