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Old 06-11-2009, 02:04 PM
ljsense ljsense is offline
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Thanks, babymog -- If that harness becomes available, please let me know. I'll have to get my part number off the harness and see if we've got a match. Spending a week on a head gasket replacement is probably out of reach for me right now, but I bet I could manage to find time for a harness swap.

I (before reading the post) took a chance and started the car. Since it seemed to run ok, with only a rough idle, I drove the car back to Zimbrick, the dealership here that's been helpful to me in the past and seems to treat people well. Four-mile drive. The exhaust smoke didn't appear until the temperature gauge read around 90 degrees. So just the last half mile or so was smokey.

I checked the oil and didn't see any obvious signs of coolant in there, but I was just looking through the cap for swirls, etc. The smoke has a bit of a smell, but it's not overpowering in any direction. If not for the suggestion, I don't think I would describe it as "sweet," but then, I can't rule out someone else describing the faint odor that way.

My driveway is an old two-track, so I can see that the earth is wet with something oily, but I can't discern if there is coolant mixed in.

Again, thanks for your help.
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