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Old 06-17-2003, 05:54 PM
NormanB NormanB is offline
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Hi ammdc7 (name or part no?)

1. I am no expert but from first principles.

2. What did you do with the head to check there were no cracks and that it was true and flat - while it was off?

3. If you are confident true and flat, and that you have assembled correctly etc. Then:

4. Before you go slitting your wrists I would give the coolant system a thorough flush maybe with a bit of detergent introduced to scour remnants of oil from the cooling passages. Oil in cooling passages is bad news and can lead to local overheating and cracking!

5. I could not recommend what sort of detergent/doseage - but an expert will surely be along shortly.

6. I would get the engine up to op temp with detergent and run for say 10 mins or so before dropping the charge out and then conducting a good reverse flush ( maybe even take out stat during later flush procedure).

7. The reason I suggest this - that is possible oil got into coolant circuit during the maintenance procedure - you may be the best judge of that - of course. Anyways eliminate this first. If oil comes back after this then you have a problem and maybe the head is going to have to come right off again!

Best of luck!

Edit 1: I have just given an answer to a question you did not ask. Coolant in the oil - only my paras 1, 2 & 3 apply!
230 TE (W124) 1989 with 153,000 miles on the clock - hoping for at least another 100K
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