1997 Buick Century Repair Question
Story in details, But the question is... I'm curious what an expert would suggest how I should go about it and what parts I may need. Low budget.
Sorry, it has 225,000 miles roughly on it.
That sounds like the water pump leaking and you are playing with fire. If you have not damaged the engine, you definitely would sooner or later.
You need to have the leak repaired asap and hope the head gasket had not been damaged.
The leak sounds like a water pump pop the belt off and see if the water pump pulley is loose.Also did your power steering pump start working again?
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Sorry forgot to mention that yes the power steering did come back. It was just when I went to make that one turn. About an hour after I pulled to the side of the road I started it up again (after the engine tried and tried to start) and pulled it into my friends lot. Then that next morning My dad and I brought it back to our place.
Also, My girlfriends father will be coming over in the morning to help take a look at it and check everything out. Thats why I was hoping to get a response tonight and thank you guys for replying in such a timely manner. I appreciate any and all feedback that has and may yet still come.
I pray that it only will be the water pump :)
I'm gunna cry on the inside if its anything more haha.
Check the crank pulley. Ensure the harmonic balancer is intact.
So here's an update. We changed the water pump $30 fix. Then after everything set we turned it on and checked to see if anything would happen while idling and in behind the oil dipstick there is a bolt going into the engine where water was leaking and bubbling out from. We put stop leak in and after awhile of it running it stoped leaking but then there was what sounded like water getting onto electrical stuff and a short circuiting noise and there was smoke emitting from under the the heat shield for the exhaust Manifold. The oil looks fine. Just curious if it could be anything else besides a cracked head.
That does not sound like a cracked head. It could be oil or coolant getting to the exhaust and after a short while when it dries up, it should be ok, unless you have an oil or coolant leak getting to the exhaust.
Monitor the situation to see if the problem persists and remember to check the coolant level. There could be air in system and it takes some time for the system to self bleed. Turn the heater on so yyou can purge the air in the heater core.
I would never use stop leak in the cooling system or anywhere else it cloggs up other things besides just the leaks like heater cores radiator tubes etc.I would have sealed that bolt up with some permatex ultra grey silcone.
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