Anyway, I decided to upgrade fuel injectors to 12 hole. Without doing research of any kind. Just swap old for new.
Well long story short, the car refused to start, gas leaking from injectors.
replaced seals and I know dirt got in the hole. So, I assume one or more was clogged including fuel line perhaps, IDK, but I didn't Clean injectors as I should of, I just sprayed them with parts cleaner and injector cleaner.
Okay, I fixed the fuel leak. Proud of myself. But the car still didn't want to start. I refuse to give up and when it finally did start lots of smoke, and rough idling etc, etc. So, no fuel leaking.I then cleaned and changed the connections to injectors and ignition. That made allot improvement. Then it went bad again.
So, I pulled off the valve cover and I noticed my spark plugs were completely drenched with oil. Now the valve cover gasket looks brand new, it's one of those think one pieceer.
Now I noticed a slight bend under valve cover where the spark plug tube is. So, since I am not a darn rocket scientist, I tried to tap the bend straight, but instead that tiny bend decided to sprout wings and fly away out of range and focus of my eyeballs. So now I got a chip.
super Glue! Yes. So, I super glue the gasket back on and add a tiny rubber piece to cover the chipped area and glue the shit out of that.
Put my enhanced cover back on, cleaned and sanded plugs. Cleaned up any oil everywhere.
The car started immediately and sounded like all 4 cylinders this time. Still some white smoke, but hay, I'm freaking proud as heck. Especially it being 3:00 am and 2 degrees out.
I let it idle for 5 minutes and since I was freezing, I patiently waited for heat. Engine doesn't seem to want to get hot in timely fashion as " normal". So, I go for a quick 2 minute spin up the street.
As soon as I get back, I heard my cooling fans turn on, then I smelled antifreeze. And car slowly dwindled back to rough idling, then stalled, and the battery didn't hold a charge so I couldn't restart it unless I get my charger which is old and heavy.
So, it's dark. Get my phone flashlight. See red liquid draining from a new radiator which also spewed over the engine.
I hooked up charger, restarted the car, pulled it the 10 feet it needed to go to be fully covered in my non heated garage.
I go to bed thinking of selling it for scrap.
Now that I made a long story even longer.
My best uneducated guess would be blown head gasket but oil isn't milky-ish but it does smell like fuel and there never was any oil leaking around head or valve cover.
The no heat is a symptom. Mm.
I should have never touched this car to begin with. Don't fix something that isn't broken.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, November 28th, 2023 AT 3:24 AM