I have a problem which I'm out of ideas on, when the car is started cold, it idles nicely as it should. but when it starts to warm up a little, it dies dramatically. This started as a result of it having been driven (not by myself I feel I need to add here) some considerable distance with the engine-boiling light on. Having eliminated the possibilities of blown head gasket through lifting the head, blown head through fitting a head from a donor car, cracked inlet manifold through fitting this from donor car, and replacing the MAP sensor, the problem still persists. I also noticed that when the engine stops, it's blowing vapour of some sort back throught the inlet. With the top radiator hose off, coolant is forced out of radiator just after engine stoppage. On one occaision, it did run the way it should, however this was achieved only at a time when there was next to no coolant in the system, and of course it got very hot very quickly.
My next best guess is a cracked block, but at this stage I'm somewhat reluctant to do that transplant not knowing for sure.
Can anybody tell me if there is a test to confirm or rule out the block as the problem and are there any other possibilities as to what it could be before I go nuts with the donor car?
tommo, an injector problem would cause the engine to sputter or have fuelling issues (rich or lean), not cause it to just about boil and pressurise the cooling system.
E-Series are known for their cooling systems being shit (casting sands in the radiators for example). Ave8ar, get your cooling system pressure-tested. It could be a blocked radiator (from said sand) which needs flushing, as well as your thermostat checked out or replaced.
A flush should set you back about $60. E-series radiators should be flushed out regularly, like every couple of years.
Thanx for the suggestions people, I now have it sorted. the problem was the heat from the block after the lady I lent it to thought that red light with the thermometer icon wasn't too much urgency hhad cooked the electronic ignition advancement unit on the distrubutor.
Got the unit off the donor cat and now it's all good.
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