Guys, did everyone miss the noted issue above????the overheated coolant code is because I have a bad head gasket, as I had to drive it in camel mode a week or so ago, to get it off the interstate and home...the wheel speed sensor code and the KAM errors baffle me, but I'm thinking they won't cause the car to run crappy and thump as I drive...
Any ideas of what it could be? As Sub hinted, is there any way to check the converter by taking it to O'Reilly's or AutoZone for a code check, as basscat suggested?
Guys, did everyone miss the noted issue above????
I"m thinking that no matter what he does, with a bad h/g he's not going to get things straight... IMHO :banghead:
----------------------------So...you guys are suggesting that the leaking head gasket is causing 2 different spark plugs in 2 different cylinders on 2 different banks to stop firing?
And I've checked my reservoir after a week of driving with the new cap, and it's only down a half a pint? Shouldn't it be emptying the reservoir, if it's dumping the antifreeze into the cylinder(s) on a regular basis?
Would this be making my exhaust extremely hot, where you can smell it and feel the heat at the rear of the car?
You are sure. You performed the definitive test, and it failed, no question.Ghostsoldier said:I just wanted to make absolutely sure that it's a HG problem
No. The replacement engine could already have HG issues, as well as any number of additional problems, and you wouldn't know until it was installed and running in your car.So, let's suppose I wanted to keep the car...here's the two options I am considering (this could be a 100-page thread of it's own, but I won't drag it out---I would just like some opinions):
1) Used Northstar engine swap...would it be wise to consider this?
FWIW, '00-'03, but again, a used motor is not the way to go.If so, what year Northstar would be the best for my 2000 car...anything post-2003?
THE ONLY repairs are to use Bigserts,2) Fixing my own 2000 engine, using Timeserts, Normserts, SureGrip Head Stud Kits, or whatever...which of these systems would be the best? I've heard good (and bad) about all of these, depending on who you talk to.
Changing the coolant only prevents corrosion from becoming a factor. There is no way to prevent an HG issue. It either happens or it doesn't. Once repaired properly, you won't have to worry about the threads pulling again.I understand that changing the coolant regularly and not running the engine hot is the key to keeping this from happening again; I want to make sure I won't be doing this again in 4 to 5 years, so this upkeep will be my new religion.
This is my dilemma...I don't have either of those symptoms, so that's why I am so skeptical of confusing the the misfire issues with a HG issue, making it run so crappily; even basscatt said he thought it was an ignition problem, in post #67.Earlier you said that the test fluid turned clear when you ran the block test. While I would agree that it was probably on it's way from blue to yellow, I would run the test again til I got a definitive yellow, only because this is such a big expensive job. Plus, correct me if I am wrong, but I don't recall any coolant loss or overheating problems, only a misfire. If that is correct, then color me skeptical.
This is the good stuff I need to know, if I decide to go this route....Moist, Bass, Ranger...thanks, guys.THE ONLY repairs are to use Bigserts,
Norms inserts, or studs. These are permanent repairs. The only bad things you may have heard are about the original, smaller TimeSerts. They were known to fail, sometimes while torquing the head bolts.
--------------------This is my dilemma...I don't have either of those symptoms, so that's why I am so skeptical of confusing the the misfire issues with a HG issue, making it run so crappily; even basscatt said he thought it was an ignition problem, in post #67.
I think I'll re-run the block test tomorrow (and try to take pics), just to see what happens, since I have almost a full bottle of the test liquid left over (and I may try to swap those ECM's, too).
This is the good stuff I need to know, if I decide to go this route....Moist, Bass, Ranger...thanks, guys.
Lol! I talk this much in real life, too, Ranger!Gotta love blue fluid. I see no evidence of a failed HG there.
This thread is so damned long I've lost track. Have we ruled out failing injectors, dirty TB and vacuum leaks?