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Old 03-13-2012, 10:01 PM
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Coolant in both Cylinder Head of 350

I have a 1983 C10 and I just put a re-manufactured 350 in it February 2010. A few days ago I bought a new Mallory Distributor because my stock one burned out on me. While I was putting this in I was bringing the engine to TDC and I noticed antifreeze coming out of the spark plug hole. So I took more plugs out and eventually I ended up taking them all out and there was coolant coming from almost every hole. I only have 20,000 miles on my engine and I have only put full synthetic oil in it except while I was breaking it in. The hardest its ever worked was when we move to Ohio from NC and even then I didnt haul anything. Sorry for such a long post I just wanted to make sure I explained the best I could. Does any one have any ideas as to why this would happen? Thanks everyone

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Old 03-14-2012, 12:34 AM
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Something here isn't adding up. Anti freeze, is a liquid, and like all liquid is not compressible. If it was present in every cylinder you wouldn't have been able to turn the engine over at all until you pulled all the plugs. While sure, it could have a blown head gasket, but I've never seen one get coolant in every cylinder. I think the next logical step is a compression check. So leave all the plugs out, disconnect the hot wire on the distributor and set the throttle wide open and start checking what the compression ratio is and record the results.
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It is still under warranty, do you think I should just pull it and send it back to them? Also I checked the oil and it is way over filled and smells burned but I just changed it less than 3 weeks ago.

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Overfull? Milky color? Has this engine been sitting? Like Doublevision says, compression test is next order of business. I suppose the coolant may have leaked throught the intake and filled the pan, but something still not right.
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The oil is just over filled. Not a milky color. The truck has been sitting for maybe a month before I went out and tried to start it and then I replaced the starter and distributor. How would I do a compression test? I only have basic tools.
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'compression testers'
http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...ression+tester
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Thanks, Im gonna go pick it up in a few minutes Ill post the results when Im done.
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Before I got to deep into this problem I'd contact who ever warrants your engine and find what they want you to do. Running a compression ck is ok but do not start taking anything apart. You might void your warranty. Don't present them with a way out of their problem.
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Did you check the radiator to see if it is low. While you are at HF pick up a cooling system pressure tester. Put some pressure on it and see what happens.
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The oil is just over filled. Not a milky color. The truck has been sitting for maybe a month before I went out and tried to start it and then I replaced the starter and distributor. How would I do a compression test? I only have basic tools.
One this is for sure, oil didn't leak into the pan, somebody over filled it. Did you loosen the plug to see if it's floating on coolant in the bottom of the pan?
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Sorry everyone for not replying sooner. I called the place that has the warranty and I pulled the engine this weekend. When I went to drain the oil and there was about a gallon or so of coolant in there and the oil was floating on top. So there was coolant in every cylinder and also in the oil. I didnt end up doing the compression test though. Ill post more when the company gets back with me on whats wrong. Thanks again everyone.
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