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Old 10-26-2009, 09:18 PM
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Bad head gasket? Warped heads? Blown block?

There was puddles of radiator fluid on the drive way behind the tailpipes, and it was POURING smoke all the way home. I drove it like that for about a mile or so. IDK?!

Always had problems with massive amounts of oil being burnt off, so I'm assuming it could be anything really. Rings? Heads? Gasket? Blah..

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Using oil was probably bad gasket on bottom of intake manifold . Sounds like a bad head gasket . Pull all the spark plugs out . Fill the radiator with water . Have someone bump the key and see if you have any liquid squirt from the spark plug holes . When doing this make sure you stand in front of the truck or you''ll get sprayed . Let us know what happens . Tom
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And if I do this and water does/dosent come out? Whats my outcome?
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If water does come out, you have a blown gasket...If it does not come out, thats one less thing off the list to worry about...From what it sounds like, thats what you have...
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using oil and coolant are most likely linked...and it probably is a blown head gasket.

As to which side...idk. Pull each plugs out and look at the color of them, if its one that is getting coolant, it will be noticably different. I believe they turn a rust color....but, I at least know they'll be clean of carbon. And, if its one thats burning oil...well, you'll be able to tell that too.
That'll at least pinpoint what side to check.

Also, make sure there is no coolant in your oil (white on the dipstick). If there is, don't start it again, and drain the oil out immediatley.
Also, check your radiator for oil.

Both can happen with a blown head gasket.
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you can also check to see if there is coolant in your oil by taking some off the dipstick, and putting it on somethin very hot, like headers, and if the oil sizzles then you know there is water/coolant mixed in with it...And yes, a white colored spark plug is a sign of blown head gasket because the engine is overheating...
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Sorry, these pictures are from my cammera... One side seems to be noticably darker then the other.



The "white" spark plug is from the left side, and the dirty one is from the right.
Though, the "whtie" one has more carbon build up and the dirty one looks as if there's less or it's "discolored"


No oil in my radiator tho, or coolant in the oil?
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Well what did you find ?
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I'm not finding coolant anywhere except the driveway. Plugs are dry, looks like none on the dipstick. I do recall hearing a "gurgling" noise behind the glove box as I was accelerating. I also hear that noise on cold mornings, too.

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Sounds like it's low on coolant . The gurgling behind the glove box is the coolant being pushed through the heater core .
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