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steve alderman

11-02-2009 14:23:10

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got a 39 chalmers b runs great but has some but has grey oil like water in it any chance its bad oil it has not been used about 4 years I am hoping its only a head gasket but the thing runs great no smoke of any sort well if anybody has had a problem like this let me know thanks

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11-02-2009 19:55:41

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 Re: chalmers b problem in reply to steve alderman, 11-02-2009 14:23:10  
i would get the old oil out and try with different oil. just buy 4 quarts of cheap stuff. it will need to be changed a second time after it runs and flushes out some of the old oil. if the new oil gets overfull with water, take off the valve cover and look at the three freeze plugs under the rocker arm. they can rust out and cause that problem.

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Ed pap

11-02-2009 17:19:52

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 Re: chalmers b problem in reply to steve alderman, 11-02-2009 14:23:10  
Hello Steve,
If the tractor hasn't been run in 4 years I would change the oil and filter. $20 dollars is worth the peace of mind. most milky oil is from water,good oil will prolong your engine life.
Good Luck Ed

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steve alderman

11-02-2009 18:07:20

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 Re: chalmers b problem in reply to Ed pap, 11-02-2009 17:19:52  
yea well first I just wanted to get her running and I hate to waste 4 quarts of oil so for I just filled the raditor with water and see if get any gain on the stick if not I am going to change it

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11-02-2009 15:32:28

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 Re: chalmers b problem in reply to steve alderman, 11-02-2009 14:23:10  
That could be caused from simple condensation from it sitting those 4 years. I would drain the oil and see what it looks like for sure and make sure it doesn't have any green water in it because it is green then it is coolant and that could be a head gasket of sleeve seal

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steve alderman

11-02-2009 17:18:46

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 Re: chalmers b problem in reply to old, 11-02-2009 15:32:28  
yea I hope its just old oil it had a date of 05 on the filter and the tractor didnt run for 2 plus years and theres probaly a quart of extra oil in it and I always thoght with a bad head gasket it would blow white smoke

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Jerry Coulter

11-02-2009 15:16:07

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 Re: chalmers b problem in reply to steve alderman, 11-02-2009 14:23:10  
We used to have tractors come in for service which had FS (Co-op) oil in them, and learned that it was normal for that oil to look like water in it. I would just watch for loss of coolant and gain in the oil sump level before I went looking for a leak.

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Tom Clouse

11-02-2009 17:06:26

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 Re: chalmers b problem in reply to Jerry Coulter, 11-02-2009 15:16:07  
Thank you Jerry.
I have the same problem with a C that I bought. The previous owner went through the engine, transmission, and rearend. The engine and rearend have the same milky like oil. My water level has remained the same.

I feel a bit better now.

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