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Old 02-09-2011, 06:39 PM
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Oh no, she's dead?!

So guys, you might remember back in July, I posted that I FINALLY bought my 1998 Jeep Wrangler, Sahara Edition. Well, while driving one day, it just died. Started up briefly then died again. So,I took her into a trusted mechanic and after looking at her, he asked if I had put too much oil in. Now I took it into a lube place a couple of months back and did not add any since then. So he said it probably meant the "bulk head" was cracked and the radiator fluid had gone into the oil reservoir. meaning my engine was gone....

Does this sound right? If so, any suggestions on where to get a rebuilt engine? What are my options???

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Old 02-09-2011, 07:19 PM   #2
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Bulkhead?

Check the dipstick to see if it's overfull.

I'd have it towed somewhere else.

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Old 02-09-2011, 07:45 PM   #3
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rrich...I'm trying to figure out where the bulkhead is when your ?? Popped up. If you don't understand what the mechanic is saying maybe the mechanic doesn't understand either. X2 on taking it to another mechanic.
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By the sounds of that description, you blew a head gasket...not a cheap fix, but could be worse. Was your temp gauge reading hotter than normal when it shut down? Like...really hot...?
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It sounds like he is trying to tell you that the block is cracked and that is why there is coolant in your oil. Have you taken a look at it yourself? Is the oil milky brown or the coolant milky brown? If you blow the head gasket this will happen.
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Could also have a lot of white smoke coming out of your exhaust.
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I had issue with my Yoda years ago.... timing chain wore through a coolant passage cover. The oil was very contaminated (chcolate milk)... but not for very long.

This "mechanic" is feeding you a line of crap, it sounds to me. Get a second opinion like a couple of other people said.

I had to replace NOTHING on my Yoda........except the oil and the cover the timing chain ate through....
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This mechanic does not know what he is talking about. A bulk head is in a boat not in a Jeep. Check the oil and coolant color like everyone said and then we can help a little more.
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I agree with doclouie AND s3nt3nc3d.... sounds like a head gasket issue but you're not totally sunk. Can be fixed. But yea... Bulkhead = boats
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Ask him if he has any bulkhead remover, that should solve your problem. Little Navy humor
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okay the Jeep is at the mechanic's place. So I will drive by there tonight and take a look!
I THOUGHT bulkhead sounded a little screwy! So if it's a head gasket can I repair this myself? Because I would really like to try and do things myself by learning (of course). and broken head gasket doesn't mean new engine?

Again, thanks guys!
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Perhaps youse guys are overthinking this a little bit. Seems to me, the mechanic is an ex sailor who is calling the water jacket wall a bulkhead. That's all, no biggy. As far as the water jacket wall (bulkhead) cracked, not likely. More likely a head gasket, if there is water in the oil. UR

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