I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Troubles on the Way to Camping
Welcome to the board and sorry about the mishap.
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Then about 4 hours later of setting up camp i checked the radiator for oil and it was low.
Radiator low on oil? Did you add some when you realized it was low?
Sorry, couldn't resist...
What color smoke was it? My guess is bright white. White means you're burning water, blue means burning oil, and black means a rich fuel mixture. If you started losing power, it's a bad thing. The first thing you should do is pull your plugs, and whatever you do, don't drive it. Look at the plugs to determine where the leak is, it might just be a bad head gasket, they go all the time. Of course, if you drove it for a long time (ie: 4 hours), you might have cracked the head by then. You can check the base for water simply by pulling the oil dipstick, if it comes out looking like brown milk chocolate, it's not a good thing, means water in the base. It should be golden brown when new and jet black when used. If there are any white streaks in it (after it's been sitting), it's also water. Your base may not necessarily have any water in it, since you noticed it in the smoke I don't think you'll find much, if any. I'm also willing to bet, since you didn't notice it before, it just happened, so when fixed, you should regain your original horsepower back. As to doing it yourself, I'm not sure, have you done anything similar with an engine before? I'd tackle it, but then I've seen a ton of them done. Now if it were on my '95 Trooper (which it happened on BTW), not on your life, too much to mess up. It's relatively simple (as compared to understanding the working of the Quadratrac system), but I'd have someone else standing by to give you a hand if this is your first time, they'll show you what to look for.
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