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Old 01-29-2008, 03:09 PM   #21
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And yes, the water can stay in ther for days.
Even at operating temperature. PSA: don't be a dummy and try to blow the water out shortly after turning the engine off. The water was HOT, I mean it can burn you. <embarrassed>
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:19 PM   #22
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Most engine degreasers say to use when engine is "HOT". Spray engine cleaner and let soak. Wash off with garden hose. Make sure engine is cool, Blow off excess water! Let stand to dry! (Good excuse for a beer!) (DO NOT DRIVE DRUNK!!!!) Test drive to heat engine and see if everything's Okay.
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If you don't have a compressor, a leaf blower works good too. Not as easy to aim at the little cracks and crevices, but plenty of air to blow water out of the plug recesses and such. They also work great for blowing crap out of the interior, a quick basic drying after a wash, and for cleaning the garage dust out.

I use my leaf blower more for other stuff than I do for blowing grass and leaves around!
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:47 PM   #24
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Good call! I might try mine next time. Sometimes you need the hi pressure/low opening of the compresor though. Inner fenders, around the Batt. etc,,
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Suprised no here as mentioned to pull the plug wires and look down inside.
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Check the spark plug wells to see if there is any water in them. If there is get it out and dry the plug wires.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:19 PM   #26
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Sorry for the long delay. After replacing the PCV valve and the breather hoses, it ran fine. Still has the check engine code for the cat. But that will be in the mail next payday.

I replaced the spark plugs (NGK) and wires (can't remember but it was a brand recommended besides OEM) radiator (unfortunately not the hoses) and did a transmission fluid change along with the filter. I used Valvoline's version of DEXRON III and a Fram filter, so not the best (Mobil 1 and an OEM filter), but I think I could have done worse.

I did find that there was oil in the plug well for cylinder#1. But I am hoping I just spilled it there without remembering, probably wishful thinking though. I wiped it out when I was checking the spark plug gap, and some must have gotten in the cylinder because it smoked a ton when I started it the next time.

Side note: can a toasted cat cause your car to smoke at all? I know what I saw was oil smoke, but I was wondering if your exhaust would be visible with a worn out converter as well.

I will be keeping an eye on it to see if I have some sort of oil leak, in which case I think I might just set this damn thing on fire because HVAC and engine interal parts are about the only thing I can't do, and I sure as hell don't want to pay a dealer's labor rates.

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- Find a solution to dry rotted biscuit (tan) leather seat covers other than the ********** $500+ per seat that OEM costs. Why can't I find these in a junkyard somewhere?????
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:42 PM   #27
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Well, I couldn't find the edit button. So to clarify, the oil leak I will be looking out for is that of the #1 cylinder mentioned earlier, as this would indicate something leaking from the valves or rings, which would be out of my league to fix I imagine.

EDIT: WTF, the edit button showed up for this post, but not the one above??
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Oil in the spark plug well is a leaking valve cover gasket. No way for oil to get from the cylinder in to the plug well with the plug in.
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