Engine Cooling problem
1991 Mercury Cougar 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 265, 00 miles
My Cougar overheated. I stopped as soon as I could after light came on, and had it towed home. Haven't started the engine since. (This is it's second engine, with 100,000 on it.) There is antifreeze in the oil. Last time, the thermostat stuck, pistons all knocked into each other and destroyed because it was driven about 12 miles. This time, the rad still has coolant visible, the overflow bottle is riding in between the hot and cold marks. No visible problems with hoses. My main question is: once coolant gets into the oil, is it a lost cause for the engine? I know I need to take to garage for them to see. My dealer is 60 miles away, and I hate to tow it there, only to have them find out that once again the engine is completely gone. Replacing it again is not really worth the 3000 dollars. But if I knew there was a half-way possibility that it might not be ruined, lesser repairs of course, like head gasket and, heater core or whatever it was. I would take the chance and have it towed for a look-see. In your experience, is there a possibility that it wasn't completely destroyed? Or does coolant in the oil usually mean a sad ending?
have the same problem?
Thursday, September 9th, 2010 AT 9:34 PM