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the oil they are referring to from a bad radiator would have to be transmission fluid.(if that is the problem) and redish brown , motor oil turns a milky mocha

generally you can remove the radiator cap when cool, then start it and see if it blows out coolant while running after the thermostat opens(if the gasket is blown from the cylinder to coolant) 

 

 

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On 5/23/2018 at 1:53 PM, mark327 said:

Quick question for anyone. 

I have a Ford Excursion with V-10 .

Blew a spark plug , sounds like it is either #9 or #10. Drivers side hardest to reach plugs. 

What's a reasonable price for this repair 

 

When you say “blew”, did the plug physically come out of the head or what?  If it came out of the head then it will need to be retapped/helicoiled which can be a huge pain depending on how hard it is to reach.  If it’s just a worn spark plug then I’d just go ahead and replace all of them (id probably do that anyhow).

 

As far as price, tough to say.  A lot will depend on what’s actually wrong and geographical location.

2 hours ago, Malapropismic Depository said:

Hey guys, wondered if I could get an opinion on something, where I'm getting 2 different diagnosis from a couple places.

It's a 2000 Buick Century. Started out, it had what appeared to be oil present in the coolant.

Took it to one place, and they said the "oil cooler" for the radiator is what was causing the oil to leak into it, and that it needed a new radiator and thermostat, due to the oil damage ($800)

Took it somewhere else, and got a totally different answer. First, they said this particular car does not even have an "oil cooler" attached to the radiator.

And that the oil getting into the radiator was due to the head gasket gone bad. So, the head gasket, hoses, and system flush would be about $1400.

Does the 2nd diagnosis sound like the accurate one ? I'm just curious what might cause one guy to say this model car possesses an "oil cooler" on the radiator, while the other one says it does not contain one

Is there a way I can find out ?

Probably a dumb question, but if it's the head gasket, and we keep an eye on the oil and coolant and temperature, can it reasonably be driven much longer like that ?

 

I would be surprised if there was an oil cooler in the radiator of that car.  A transmission cooler, yes.  Oil cooler, no.

 

A head gasket would be a likely cause of oil/coolant mixture.  What’s even more likely is an intake manifold gasket failure.  Both would be replaced if you did the head gasket though because the intake comes off when removing the heads.

 

It needs to be fixed ASAP.  Oil in coolant and vice versa will cause huge problems if left untreated.  Whatever is wrong, it needs fixed yesterday.

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40 minutes ago, Springfield said:

 

 

 

It needs to be fixed ASAP.  Oil in coolant and vice versa will cause huge problems if left untreated.  Whatever is wrong, it needs fixed yesterday.

 

I vote he dump some alumaseal in the radiator and some oil stop leak in the oil and see how long it goes :)

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@Springfield

#7 plug blew out,  had to have it retapped/ helicoiled. $196.00

#7 is the second plug from the front on the left side of the motor. Very easy to access. Just glad I was wrong and it wasn't #9 or 10 . 

I had already replaced all plugs and coils last fall. 

 

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24 minutes ago, mark327 said:

@Springfield

#7 plug blew out,  had to have it retapped/ helicoiled. $196.00

#7 is the second plug from the front on the left side of the motor. Very easy to access. Just glad I was wrong and it wasn't #9 or 10 . 

I had already replaced all plugs and coils last fall. 

 

 

Whew.  Dodged a bullet, sounds like.  Strange that a relatively new plug would have blown out.

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@Springfield  I just went to the dealer and they recommended be the Rear CV (axle) boots are starting to lose grease.  

 

Apparently there is no CV boot kit available for my car, so both axles need to be replaced.

 

The estimate for each rear axle is $1500, totaling $3K.

 

What is this nonsense

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1 hour ago, skinfan2k said:

@Springfield  I just went to the dealer and they recommended be the Rear CV (axle) boots are starting to lose grease.  

 

Apparently there is no CV boot kit available for my car, so both axles need to be replaced.

 

The estimate for each rear axle is $1500, totaling $3K.

 

What is this nonsense

 

What kind of vehicle is it?

 

Either way it seems a bit much.  CV axles are one thing where the aftermarket is insanely less expensive on though, so most of that total is probably parts.

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2 minutes ago, Springfield said:

 

What kind of vehicle is it?

 

Either way it seems a bit much.  CV axles are one thing where the aftermarket is insanely less expensive on though, so most of that total is probably parts.

2009 lexus is250. they said there is no replacement cv boot kit for my car, which i call BS on 

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8 minutes ago, skinfan2k said:

2009 lexus is250. they said there is no replacement cv boot kit for my car, which i call BS on 

 

Ive seen some that don’t have any.  It may be able to be reclaimed if it’s leaking around the clamp though.  I’m not at the shop to see if what they’re telling you is true or false.

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19 hours ago, Springfield said:

Reclamped not reclaimed...

 

are you local? Do you have a shop to recommend?

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5 hours ago, skinfan2k said:

 

are you local? Do you have a shop to recommend?

 

Im in Springfield.  I’d recommend you call a few local shops to you and ask if they will recheck the dealer’s recommendation for you.  A reputable shop will probably do it for free or a minimal charge.  That way you can get a second opinion.  

 

I was really busy today (fixing computers in our office) and forgot to check what the part and labor times are on those things and if boots are available separate from the axles.

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