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!!!HELP!!! my jeep is chugging coolant

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5.9 andy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well i got no signs of a bad cap and i dont have large plumes of white smoke when i get on it. il try looking at the water pump weep hole.

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Tardis
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Location: Ohio

PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

5.9 andy wrote:
well i got a signs of a bad cap and i dont have large plumes of white smoke when i get on it. il try looking at the water pump weep hole.

Just because you don't have large plumes of white smoke coming out doesn't mean there isn't an internal coolant leak. If you haven't already, test the cooling system for the presense of combustion gases. That will tell you right away if you have an internal leak of not. The test kit is called Block Chek ----> http://www.blockchek.com/index.htm
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ther won't always be white smoke, it depends where head gasket is leaking and how much. If it was leaking into any combustion area in the amounts he states, "the coolant level drops rapidly enough that my heads up display beeps at me at about every 10 to 14 days that my coolant is low." it will have smoke. Small amounts won't smoke very much. If you got signs of a bad cap, replace it, even if you just THINK it's bad. It's so cheap just to know that's not it. That "blockcheck" seems like it makes very good sense. I've never had to use that, but it looks simple enough.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cajzmere wrote:
That "blockcheck" seems like it makes very good sense. I've never had to use that, but it looks simple enough.

Block Chek works good. It saves you from having to tear down an engine when you don't have to. I learned about it from my diesel mechanic friend. When a diesel has cooling issues it gets tested with Block Chek before one wrench is turned on the engine. It's used to find leaky cylinder sleeves, heads, head gaskets, etc. If the system tests good, you can move on to the next step.
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