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Old 05-23-2021, 04:35 AM   #1
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Hey yall! I've been perusing these forums for a few months. I just recently inherited my 1990 d21 ka auto from my Pepal and ive been working on it ever since. Just a lot of general maintenance, new shocks, alternator, tune up, oil change ect, but I had a bit of a problem today. I took it down a chunky gravel road taking my daughter fishing and when I got back to town my lower rad hose just blew off I think it wasn't very tight and the clamp was up pretty high up when I discovered what had happened, well I ran it kinda warm but I never got to the H on my dash, but it was pretty far past half and I only ran it for a couple of miles before I shut it down I checked it over after I got the hose back on and tight and filled back up with coolant. Its not running hot anymore but I just want to know, did I ruin anything? oil seemed fine, it bubbled a bit when I was filling it with coolant, but I had it running to pump it thru and it seemed to stop after it quit taking coolant. Its got 206,000 on it and Pepal isn't the best at changing oil. It is smoking a bit, but I know that's valve seals possibly pcv but I dont know what blown headgasket smoke looks like and it seems to be running fine, its slow as hell. But, it is what it is its now running a touch below half like it should

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Old 05-23-2021, 11:47 AM   #2
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First -- welcome to the club! May you eventually own your 1990 as long as I will mine! :-)

Second -- Edit your post using proper capitalization, punctuation, paragraphing, etc. That will encourage us to read your posts, and then to give thoughtful responses from our experiences.
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Welcome...

Yea, what he said! ^^

If it's running ok, like it was prior, don't worry. If/When you see/smell/hear something "off", look into it. We'll be here... but it does help if we can READ what you type, without having to read it a 2nd time. K? TIA...
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Old 05-23-2021, 07:05 PM   #4
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First -- welcome to the club! May you eventually own your 1990 as long as I will mine! :-)

Second -- Edit your post using proper capitalization, punctuation, paragraphing, etc. That will encourage us to read your posts, and then to give thoughtful responses from our experiences.
There ya go. She's edited. My 90 is a bit rough but I hope to get a little bit of service out of it. As soon as I figure out how to get pics on here, I'll throw some up! If your on project mini truck on face book, I've got pics up there
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Old 05-23-2021, 07:21 PM   #5
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I think I seized my engine one time in a subzero snow storm going up a steep grade. I'm not sure exactly what happened, it just bogged down to a complete stop and stalled. It's still running fine years later thankfully.
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Sounds like you dodged the bullet.

Just don't make it a habit of running the engine without coolant. I think you got lucky this time.

Keep a close eye on the temperature gauge. A lot of times air bubbles will get caught inside and cause the engine to overheat if you don't release the air properly.
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Sounds like you dodged the bullet.

Just don't make it a habit of running the engine without coolant. I think you got lucky this time.

Keep a close eye on the temperature gauge. A lot of times air bubbles will get caught inside and cause the engine to overheat if you don't release the air properly.
I drove it today, it likes to fluctuate between a quarter and before half but thats where it stays. I even fixed the coolant res today because it leaked pretty bad. it was cracked right in the corner
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when you add coolant, there is a screw to remove to bleed any air out, also have the heat on high so the coolant can circulate through the whole system, IF the heat is not on you may get an air pocket which can effect how the gauge reads.
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when you add coolant, there is a screw to remove to bleed any air out, also have the heat on high so the coolant can circulate through the whole system, IF the heat is not on you may get an air pocket which can effect how the gauge reads.
do I need to have the truck running and the thermostat open when I crack that screw? or do I just open it and let the air out with the engine cold?
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