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Old 12-25-2008, 13:42   #1 (permalink)
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Mechanical Question

I hope this isn't the wrong place to ask, but it is quite difficult to get answers from the internet on this specific question. If I'm in the wrong pace, please forgive me and direct me to the right place

I have a 1998 F250 V8 4.6 L, all stock, nothing special, just my work truck. Well, I say nothing special, but without it, I can't go to work! Anyway, I guess I didn't have enough antifreeze in it, and it was 15 degrees a couple nights back. When I started it, I had no oil pressure for about a minute, but I figured the viscosity of the oil was not letting it pump. Then the oil gauge went normal, and the temperature came up to normal, so I headed down the road.

Not far down the street I heard something like a piece of metal falling out, and then the truck started to shimmy a little. I overheated down the road, so I stopped and put some water in. This got me home. Anyway, long story short, I have antifreeze in my oil, and steam from my exhaust. When I added more water, I noticed it POURING out from under the truck. When I crawled under it, I spotted a hole on the passenger side, above the starter, about where the transmission hump is near the glove box.

Is this a freeze plug? If it is, I have blown it out, but does this also explain the antifreeze in the oil? Or have I cracked a head or the block? I purchased a replacement plug, but it doesn't seem to fit. Any advice is appreciated!
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Old 12-25-2008, 18:00   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Mechanical Question

More than likely when it overheated you busted a head gasket, head or block.

Simply blowing a freeze plug would not allow the antifreeze to mix with the oil.
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