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Old 06-21-2021, 09:49 AM   #21
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It seems that at the moment there are 2 issues; the noise and the coolant question.

The shop should be able to pull the timing belt cover off and see what's going on there. That should ID that issue. It could be as straightforward as the tensioner that's worn and/or the pulleys in there. If that's the case and while they are in there, to do the complete timing belt/water pump + components. Then that side is sorted and buttoned back up.

That said, I think for you, the more defining issue is the coolant, does it have a blown gasket question and I'd be tempted to get them to ID that before the timing noise. I'm no expert on mechanics (I know my limits), but I do know that to determine a blown head gasket, you don;t need to go ripping into the engine to pull off the cylinder head to ID if it's a blown gasket. I have heard and read that they can do a leak down test, which will ID if a blown head gasket condition exits and it's non-intrusive. So no parts need to be removed other than those to do the test. If such a test confirms a blown gasket, then you have to decide if the cost of that repair is worth the investment given the cars value. If you decide to fix that issue, then I'd move on to the noise issue and fix that. The bill may be a bit hard to swallow for both, but if everything else is good on the car, then you'd have a decent car and the knowledge those issues are no more.

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Old 06-21-2021, 01:32 PM   #22
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I found this video on You tube which gives 6 tests (non-intrusive) that you can do to check if you have a blown cylinder head gasket. Some are a little more involved than others, but some of the test you could do at little or no costs and thus save on garage diagnosis costs. Hope this helps...

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/he...ket-blown-test
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Old 06-22-2021, 08:07 AM   #23
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Thanks for your suggestions. Another thing that Turned My Stomach that I saw last night when I was doing a sound recording of the noise for my mechanic. He said he might be able to tell me what the sound is. On to the new issue. After revving it a little that stops the noise, I noticed, yup, Oil Smoke from the tail pipe ! Strange that it doesn't do that at the dealer, then after you get it home, there's the smoke ! Amazing. Seems they have a trick to fool you a while till after you buy it, then "Wham !" your in trouble. I guess I felt I wanted to Rescue it was the reason for my purchase. Probably not worth the money, but I was just trying to bring it back to life. Maybe that wasn't such a good idea, now. You got to expect to spend money to "Rescue" a deteriorating car. I wish I could keep it, but it may be better to try and quiet the noise or fix the culprit and sell it Fast, for as much as i can. Appears there my be further problems not worth fixing.

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Old 06-22-2021, 08:35 AM   #24
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Depends on what color the 'smoke' was coming out the tailpipe. Blue smoke is the engine burning oil and it passing through the cat. That's not good. Black smoke can be simply too rich a mixture. White smoke is coolant burning in the exhaust gases. White smoke is also the sign of a new Pope LOL.
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Old 06-23-2021, 07:23 PM   #25
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It's oil, but it's also over filled on the stick, which will usually burn off. Today when I opened the garage to do a sound byte for my mechanic of the sound, I could smell the coolant that's leaking. I'm thinking that the coolant may be leaking from the intake manifold. When I started it, there was No Noise. After a few minutes, it started it. I don't know what I'm gonna do with it right now. It's gonna just sit in the garage for the time being. I'm going to do a compression test this weekend and see where it stands. I think I got pretty much Hoodwinked on this one, that hasn't happened for years. I Did go back to the dealer and told the Owner what I thought of His business and what He was selling. He was exactly how I thought He'd be about it. At least I gave Him what I thought He deserved. We all know that it's Our problem after We take ownership of something with no warranty, but I did what I thought I needed to say. It should have been taken to the Yard as soon as He got it. I have a feeling it It's going to be as bad as I thought when I can get it over to the shop and have Him give it a once over. Dealer's don't force them on Us, the buyer makes the mistake. It's just like Gambling, I did and I lost. Enough with the Sad Stories ! I'm sure You've all been thru Bad Deals and lost money. I know plenty that have, More than this.

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Old 06-27-2021, 11:25 AM   #26
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One area that the V6 is known to leak coolant from is a cover over the oil cooler that rests in the valley between the two heads. It takes a bit to get to the cover. If you feel like this might be your issue I can link you up with some of my writeups on how I ended up fixing mine.
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