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Re: 3:car needed+headlamp sockets+head gasket?(quite long)
Robert offered these pointers(all appreciated):
>.... A better fix is to install driving and fog lights, fused and
>relayed and properly aimed and operated, of course....
Done. PIAA 940 DUALs(I think they're 940...?)
>spend the money and install euro lights.
LOTS of money! ($600 + 100 for wiring harness from Blau) ...for the H4/H1s
>Steam from where? Tailpipe? Normal. Coolant overflow tank? Mui bad
>news. Elsewheere? If so, where?
Steam/smoke comes from exhaust tailpipe, then dissapates(sp?)...
>>noticed tail pipe
>>is black, etc.
>Soot from running rich. Any sign of black smoke on heavy acceleration?
>Have someone else put it through its paces while you watch from another car
>Sounds like a potential head gasket to me also. Can it wait? Not in my
>car. Buy one. It's not that expensive. Local parts place.
Yeah, but it is a lot of work, no? If I do it, can I find out about the
rings when I get down there? Do you think rings are a possibility?
>Naw, that shouldn't be a problem. Not unless you had the car almost
>standing on its nose
No, but then I'm not sure as to why the pump is buzzing...It's new!
>There is an OEM "inner lining" made of material which can slowly
>slough off and ends up clogging the FP intake screen. This may be the
Can I look into the end of the FP and find out?
>I'd say that fuel consumption was way up. Mileage is way down. :-)
Woops, I was tired. :o)
>I can't imagine that happening. A compression test is in order...
>...acceptable pressure. Sorry, I don't know it right offhand.
BTDT...will buy one soon I guess.
>Any sign at all of water in the oil? Does it look even slightly
>"oatmealy"? If so you may have gotten by with a leaking head gasket. When
>the gasket gets bad enough coolant (water) may leak into the oil system.
Not oatmealy, just thicker and darker than usual, but it has been 2600
miles...not that bad, I know.
>Any sign of burning oil? Blue smoke on heavy acceleration and/or on
>deceleration? Does your "wet plug" feel oily?
No, no, and no. Good signs I guess.
>Plugs can get fouled from running excessively rich
How do I solve excessively rich problem? Sounds as if I have both a head
gasket going and a rich problem. ...if being "rich" is a problem. -bad
Thanks! see ya