Re: Lots of water in crankcase... Oh my that was a big puddle...
"Backyard Mechanic" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "Cory Dunkle" <cdnews(no).(spam)@comcast.net>
> > What are all your thoughts on the damage done. Anything else I should
> > do considering how deep the truck was in the water? Also, how about
> > thoughts on sealing off the crankcase to prevent water from getting in
> > there to begin with. Where can water enter the crankcase? Valve
> > covers, dipstick tube... Anywhere else?
> Next time, remember you CAN just drain the filter.
I tried, but unfortunately I could not get the oil filter off and no one had
an oil filter wrench. I think at that point the damage was already done from
trying to get it out under it's own power.
> Run engine to warm and drain oil again
> Rule of thumb: Imagine the engine turned upside down... does oil run out
> the valve covers?
> I'd think about the diff and tranny if I were you... they have breathers
Well today I changed all the fluids and filters on the truck. Engine has a
light tap at idle and at moderate RPM cruise it taps like the rockers are
loose though that may be an exhaust leak. The truck has side-pipes with
Flowmaster mufflers, so it's pretty loud and hard to tell exactly where the
noises are coming from. The oil pressure gauge now reads higher though,
almost what it was before. I think I will put a mechanical gauge on it soon
to see what it's really doing.
Differentials had some water in the gear oil, but not as much as I expected,
and surprisingly the tranny gear oil wasn't as contaminated as I expected
either. I'm sure it did well to change it all. Also gotta get new u-joints
for the driveshafts. I think I may be staying out of the deep water for a
Really the only places I can imagine oil coming out of/water getting in are
the valve covers where the fill cap/breather and PCV valve attach. Well,
also the dipstick tube. Everything else ought to be sealed pretty tightly,
or at least should be.
Anyhow, what do you think about the diffs and tranny? Should they be alright
now that I've changed the gear oil or should I be doing some overhaul work
and replacing some bearings?