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Old 09-06-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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So I've got a problem. Aside from being somewhat car-dumb.

Yesterday I was goin' to the range and it started to click and smoke a bit. So I pulled into an auto parts store close by and the people there said the thermostat might just be stuck open.

Today I went to get the radiator system serviced hoping that was just it and the Jiffy Lube guy said that the water pump could be going out and there was a clog in the radiator hose.

Once I left there it drove good for about 20 minutes then it clicked loudly and then die on me in traffic and smoke will come out of the hood. It'll start up again a few seconds later and go for a while and die again...

Any ideas?

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Old 09-06-2009, 06:15 PM   #2
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from all of these symptoms your engine should of over heated... you didnt get any warning lights, check gauges light nothing?

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Old 09-06-2009, 06:22 PM   #3
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from all of these symptoms your engine should of over heated... you didnt get any warning lights, check gauges light nothing?
Nope. The only gauges that work on it are my speedometer and the odometer.

Basically I own a frankenjeep.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:05 PM   #4
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Get your gauges fixed!!!
The "smoke" coming out from under the hood was probably steam from a severely overheated motor. You may well have done serious damage to the motor.
Water pump could be bad. Thermostat may be stuck closed. Radiator may be plugged up. may have a blown head gasket. or several other problems.
Start by replacing the thermostat and flushing the cooling system and filling with good coolant.
Inspect the radiator. look for a bunch of crusty buildup on the little ports. look for any leaks. replace the radiator cap. watch the coolant level to see if you're losing coolant.
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Old 09-07-2009, 12:51 AM   #5
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Yeah, that jeep isn't moving again under its own power until I can get it fixed.

There is crusty build up on the ports.

...Anyone know any good mechanics in the Tacoma area?
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I don't know anybody over on the wet side but swapping the radiator isn't difficult. My wife just did hers last weekend. She was having some over heating issues as well, swapping out the radiator and water pump cured it.
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Old 09-07-2009, 04:18 PM   #7
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Based on the fact I can't find any open mechanics today, looks like I will be doing it myself.

Now I just gotta find a way to get to some place that sells the parts and tools I need to fix it because that is where the real hang up is, not the difficulty...

Then fix it all so I can get to work at 4 in the freakin' morning.


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