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Re: Weep Holes on Side of 4020 Block

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Tim Stolar

03-11-2013 06:17:33

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If they are weeping, then why is it not antifreeze or oil coming out? And then why does it completely dry up? I checked this morning after running her for about an hour yesterday, and nothing was coming out.

I am not going through any antifreeze, I am not going through any oil, my oil scans show no coolant in the oil, and etc. It doesn't add up.

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Lee B

03-12-2013 06:06:39

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 Re: Weep Holes on Side of 4020 Block in reply to Tim Stolar, 03-11-2013 06:17:33  
Sure it adds up, it just doesn't add up to very much is the deal. There might be just enough antifreeze at a wet weep hole to do the tried and tested method of antifreeze detection that the old timers used. Your tongue. Stick it on the wet part of a wet weep hole and if it tastes sweet then you have just identified antifreeze, be sure to spit it out as it's poisonous. Several times just to be sure it's all gone. Use your spit wetted finger as an intermediary if fuel filters, etc., prevent you from getting in there close enough to use your tongue directly.

As mentioned before you are only minus a few drops and it's way below detection levels.

Once upon a time I went to change oil in a 4640 that I had just roaded some 30 miles and was about to bushog a half section with it. With three buckets ready to catch oil the next morning I unscrewed the drain plug carefully, I was going to throttle the oil flow with the drain plug while I moved buckets under the stream. I got pure green antifreeze at first, but only one half cupful, and rest was all black as tar engine oil. That half cupful wasn't close to the oil pump so it could have accumulated there all winter drop by drop weeping on the coldest days. No harm, no foul. I told the owner, he had no comment.

Sleeves run warmer than the water and warm up first as well. Maybe that's why they dry up.

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M w J

03-11-2013 06:40:02

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 Re: Weep Holes on Side of 4020 Block in reply to Tim Stolar, 03-11-2013 06:17:33  
Antifreeze is funny that way it will leak cold and not warm. The green tint of the liquid coming out is antifreeze it would take an eyedropper or less to seep out so you may not notice the radiator getting any lower. If the holes are clean and it were mine I would run it till it got a little worse but keep checking the oil.

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