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Re: D17 Gas repair questions

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06-07-2003 06:47:38

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What bugs me is that water leak...find the source of it first, because if you have a cracked block or head, what good is the other work going to matter? I would get that ruled out first....Terry

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Virgil Walden

06-07-2003 07:23:45

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 Re: Re: D17 Gas repair questions in reply to Terry, 06-07-2003 06:47:38  
Hello terry, I know you are right. Guess that is why I need to get it really cleaned up good first. I do know that I had a bad radiator leak, and I think I know there is water in the oil, because the oil gets milky looking on the dip stick. I really don't know what to do, because i can't afford anything else and I would hate to do all this work just to find out the block is cracked or something. I won't deny that it has gotten pretty darn hot at times. I just don't know what I should do first. I had the radiator repaired and I have new hoses etc. Would you suggest that I clean it off real good, put it back together and see if I can see if the block is leaking first? I have another problem with the thermostat housing. I wanted to pull the thermostat and put a new one in there, so I attempt it and all 3 bolts twisted off, then I got to looking and looks like someone put one in there that is too small and it is actually laying sideways in there. I took it to the AC place in Athens and i asked the guy, I said what is that in there, because it didn't llo like a thermostat to me the way it was sitting and he said it was in there wrong. So now i have to drill out the bolts. Problem, Problems. Thanks for the suggestion and I think you are right.


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06-07-2003 18:31:55

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 Re: Re: Re: D17 Gas repair questions in reply to Virgil Walden, 06-07-2003 07:23:45  
Check those soft plugs under the valve cover first. Then email me with what you find.

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Virgil Walden

06-08-2003 06:47:22

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: D17 Gas repair questions in reply to Terry, 06-07-2003 18:31:55  
Terry, Will do. I think I will try and get it cleaned up and put back together today and see what happens. I need to clean the engine off good and then put the radiator and hoses back on. I need to get those bolts out of that thermostat housing and get that wrong therm. out of there too, you reckon? I tell you when it rains it pours. I have recently started back to school to get my Masters degree and I have about 300 paged to read, the tractor is broke. Yesterday when I got in my 1988 Mazda to go to the store the engine started running away and the only way I can stop it is to shut it off, not a linkage problem so must be something in the carb. I have three chicks in a tub that they are outgrowing, so i need a coop. I have an awning laying on the garage floor from Sunsetter I need to get put up. I got laid off from my job back in September, so I am unemployed and looking for a job. I took a job in Mn that was suppose to be good for 6 years plus and I spent 17 months there and got laid off due to DOD cancelling a contract. I spent 8 months by myselg, got the family up there in Dec 2001, closed on a house in Jan 2002 and got laid off in Sept, so I had a house there and a house here in Alabama, so the 24th and 25th of Dec we were on the road driving back to Alabama and I am still unemployed. So that's a little of what I am confronted with and nothing seems to be going right. Sorry to bother you with all my problems. I am sure there are others in the same boat or worse.


PS So you suggest I pull the valve cover first and check those plugs?

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06-08-2003 16:34:13

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: D17 Gas repair questions in reply to Virgil Walden, 06-08-2003 06:47:22  
You do have a few things to deal with. I hope things start going smoother for you real soon. As for the oil and water. If it isn't the plugs in the head, pull the pan off and see if you can see where water is leaking down from a cylinder liner. or possibly from a crack in the block between nos. 1&2 or 3&4, these are the two places that are often cracked. And there are various fixes for these cracks too, doesn't mean you are going to be looking for another block. Definately find out where the water is conning from if you can before taking it apart.

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06-09-2003 06:03:45

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: D17 Gas repair questions in reply to wdTom, 06-08-2003 16:34:13  
Well, the plugs appeared to be ok, so I put it all back together and today I am going to fire it up and see what happens.I bought some kind of sealer that is suppse to repair block leaks. Does anyone suggest I use this first and see what happens? Thanks


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06-09-2003 13:59:33

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: D17 Gas repair questio in reply to Virgil Walden, 06-09-2003 06:03:45  
leave the valve cover off and check everything under it while it is running. Pressure will show you where the leak is if its a softplug. Terry P.s. email me a tyount@alltel.net

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