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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-27-2002, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Dropped the pan, hmmm... little green droplets?

I pulled the pan today. Of course I drained the oil prior to pulling the pan. The oil looked good. It was resonably clean as it has only been about 1k since the last change.

When I was checking out the small amount of sludge on the bottom of the pan, I noticed a few little beads of green. Not many, just a few. Must be antifreeze.

I rechecked the oil, just to make sure I hadn't overlooked something. There was no indication of water or anything but oil.

The CJ hasn't been run for about 3 months now. I haven't had to add anything to the radiator since I replaced the cap last fall. It is still full.

Should I worry about this or not? It seems like such a small amount. Is this normal?

Oh, I was pleasantly suprised by the lack of sludge or metal in the pan. I expected more after 86K.

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Re: Dropped the pan, hmmm... little green droplets?

Yes, worry plenty.... untill you know just were that green droplet came from. .. as engine coolant and low end bearings don't mix at all.

I'd sure be doing a leakdown test and watching for bubbles in the antifreeze... but then hey.. what do I know?

Keep a good eye on things.
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Re: Dropped the pan, hmmm... little green droplets?

i'll second what Leve said. Be afraid....be very afraid. ok..maybe not afraid but it is a reason for concern. It could be anything from a gasket starting to go all the way to a crack in the block somewhere....so i recommend locating it before it gets worse or any serious damage is done
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-28-2002, 09:47 AM
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Re: Dropped the pan, hmmm... little green droplets?

I had this exact same thing last year on my '84 258 at 105,000. Turned out to be a slightly warped head. Like the others said, deal with it right away. I took it to a shop to have machined, and they told me they had seen it several times before on the 258.

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