That's true. The truck started stumbling this past weekend. The truck's CEL came on as I was driving home. The code came up as a P0306 code (misfire in cylinder no. 6) and I thought it might be a bad spark plug or any host of other things. I pulled the no. 6 plug and it was wet with mostly oil. I initially thought that its valve cover plug seal had gone bad, that maybe I damaged the seal surface when I put the new one in. Then I saw that the coolant overflow tank was completely empty, the radiator coolant level was very low. The coolant had an exhaust smell to it; I immediately checked the oil fill cap. Milkshake. Ordered the block test just to by 100% sure.At least you know before it's catastrophic. This way you can stock up parts and plan out the repair.
Gotta kick out the 'stang from the garage to get er done
That's a really good point, I hadn't thought of the accumulation of coolant after letting the truck sit. Fortunately I don't think I'll need to move it anymore. I'll most likely keep it parked where it is and pull the motor so I can work on it in the garage. I need to do a complete re-seal on the motor anyway.Alex, BE CAREFUL starting that truck with the bad HG. I came within a gnat's hair of hydrolocking mine after it had sat for a week with the bad HG. Apparently cylinder 6 had partially filled with coolant. When I cranked it the one last time to move the truck into the shop for tear-down, it somewhat spun over, locked for a split second and then cleared out and fired up. I got lucky I didn't break something. My advice is to pull the #6 plug when you are moving it around the yard under its own power.
Me too. I was hoping that I could make it to 400K mi before having to do the head gasket, but it didn't work out that way.Sorry to see this, Alex. Let me know if you need a hand getting the motor pulled or anything else.
Fortunately it never overheated, I caught it pretty early...I think. I've had the engine get hot on me once or twice going up a steep grade, but no overheating. I will need to check the cylinder walls at some point while the engine is apart. If they look suspect, or anything else does for that matter, I'll go ahead and tear down the motor for a rebuild.Dang, sorry to hear Alex. Think you can get by with just a head gasket? Did it overheat?
From what I've seen and heard, your truck is in good hands with OTRAMM. Solid choice for LC work. Hope you get it back soon.Today the truck was dropped off at Ryan's place up in Bealeton, VA. Shout out to @OTRAMM
I can safely recommend the guy that did the vehicle hauling. Da Kine Hauling out of Williamsburg, VA was recommended by Ryan and they did a great job. I didn't come away feeling like I was pinning a hundred to the truck and wishing it luck. The guy snapped some photos of the drop off and made sure to show that he had arrived safely.
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