Originally Posted by bugeyetex
I will have some good pics soon. I started taking the motor out of a Baja today with a nasty lower end noise. I also have an Envoy back that we did valve job on a couple of months ago, 9 out of the 14 head bolts broke off in the block.
This time, they found a giant puddle of coolant under it..... topped it off and headed out to Dallas...
I started with a waterpump since that threw the belt off and was leaking like crazy. It was bad enough that when you held it sideways, the ball bearings fell out the front. (odd job, it had an electric fan clutch- why not an electric fan? GM works in mysterious ways) Didn't get a pic before it disapeared though- my apologies.
As I was topping off the coolant, it starting exploding out of the top of the radiator. Suspecting a blown headgasket, I hooked up my pressure tester to the radiator and started the motor. It pegged the gauge at 30 psi the second it kicked over. I then pulled off the cap to relieve the pressure so I could move it to the back and and work on something else while the customer decided what to do. Once it has parked, I noticed that water was dripping out the side of the motor where the head meets the block.
Pics will follow soon...
That's pretty bad lol and I've seen some bad head gasket leaks. Should be some good carnage.
As for my friends car, the engine is toast. He was an idiot and started his car to try and move it (water was getting inside) well cold air intake + high water... You get the picture. He knew he ****ed up after he had turned the key and it started and as he drove it all of a sudden bucked and died.
Good news is that he was planning to build the block for this winter and the set up he is going to do so I guess he just gets an early start