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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-29-05, 11:01 AM
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1991 t-bird problem, need help

I have a huge problem and i'm not sure what the problem is. I have a
91 3.8 V6. The problem first started when i noticed that there was no
heat one day then the next day there was, the first thing i thought
was the thermostat. just befor i changed it i could smell antifreeze
in the car.
then the car started smooking white smoke and condensation out of the
tail pipe, and the smell of antifreeze. i changed the thermostate. NO
CHANGE.
Ineed help.

 
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-29-05, 12:01 PM
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Re: 1991 t-bird problem, need help

You have a blown head gasket. This is EXTREMELY common on that engine.
Check your oil; if you're lucky, it'll look ok. If it looks milky, you've
probably already ruined the bearings in the engine. If so, you're toast.

CJB



"jedi77" <jedi_77c@hotmail-dot-com.no-spam.invalid> wrote in message
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>I have a huge problem and i'm not sure what the problem is. I have a
> 91 3.8 V6. The problem first started when i noticed that there was no
> heat one day then the next day there was, the first thing i thought
> was the thermostat. just befor i changed it i could smell antifreeze
> in the car.
> then the car started smooking white smoke and condensation out of the
> tail pipe, and the smell of antifreeze. i changed the thermostate. NO
> CHANGE.
> Ineed help.
>



 
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-29-05, 02:01 PM
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Re: 1991 t-bird problem, need help

On Wed, 29 Jun 2005 11:13:03 -0500,
jedi_77c@hotmail-dot-com.no-spam.invalid (jedi77) wrote:

>I have a huge problem and i'm not sure what the problem is. I have a
>91 3.8 V6. The problem first started when i noticed that there was no
>heat one day then the next day there was, the first thing i thought
>was the thermostat. just befor i changed it i could smell antifreeze
>in the car.
>then the car started smooking white smoke and condensation out of the
>tail pipe, and the smell of antifreeze. i changed the thermostate. NO
>CHANGE.
>Ineed help.



A bad thermostat may have caused overheating that resulted
in a blown head gasket. The problem is that a thermostat
replacement will never repair an engine that is steaming out
the tailpipe. Those engine had (still have?) head gasket
problems. They are not cheap to replace. Once these
engines have had a head gasket failure, there is a good
possibility that it has experienced damage to the bottom end
because of oilk contamination. Sorry for the bad news but,
you are going to need at least a head gasket job to "git 'er
done". Don't be surprised if you get the gaskets done and
it loses a crank bearing within a few weeks.

Lugnut
 
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