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Old 11-28-2012, 12:03 AM
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Talk about a bad day! HELP, blown head gaskets?

Ok talk about a bad day, truck was running hot and a few hundred yards from the gas station is shut down. Added 2.5 gallons of normal water ( not ice water), ended up having to jump start the truck and drove to the gas station.
Removed the radiator cap with the truck running and filled it up with water and rinsed off the radiator and oil coolers.
Got back on the freeway 60-70mph engine temp was perfect.
Maybe 4 miles later the temp started to rise slowly and the engine was running really rough and loosing power, then shut off.
I coasted maybe a quarter mile off the freeway and into a parking area.

Oil all over the intake manifold, milky oil/water all inside the air box, the coolant reservoir is also coated with milky oil and water, the radiator drained
out clear but only maybe a cup drained out. And water was dripping out of the tailpipe after coasting 1/4 mile or so. The dipstick oil appear to to be clear of water and no milky appearance
Opened the hood and found this nice treat:
BTW: the truck is a 2003 2500 5.7 4x4 with 169,XXX miles and all most all of those are towing miles.

So you think its a head gasket, manifold gasket or the worst news, something cracked...
Any advice would be greatly appreciated:

I am going to start pulling things off in the morning.


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Old 11-28-2012, 04:35 AM
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Could be intake manifold gasket.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:43 AM
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it might be your oil cooler, the core might have a hole or 2 in it...
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:47 PM
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I will never understand why people keep running a vehicle that is running hot, let alone to the point of it shutting down....twice. Obviously if you're down gallons of water there's something seriously wrong.

My advice....don't do that!
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:04 PM
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My hemi loved to overheat and we tried everything to get it to stay cool. Finally found that the radiator needed to be replaced(held fluid but just wasn't doing its job). We replaced it with a hd all aluminum radiator that was much more expensive than oem. Good investment! Sorry about your truck.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:01 PM
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thats a blown head gasket alright.
Sorry.
I live in central fl and i don't use coolant.
It tends to kill thermostats.
I use water weter and water.

Make sure you guys flush you cooling system every now and then.
Specially using coolant mix.
Best of luck.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:11 PM
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If its running hot, pull over...... now.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:16 PM
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thats a blown head gasket alright.
Sorry.
I live in central fl and i don't use coolant.
It tends to kill thermostats.
I use water weter and water.

Make sure you guys flush you cooling system every now and then.
Specially using coolant mix.
Best of luck.
I wish I didn't have to use coolant, but water would completely freeze in the winter.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:49 PM
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Are you sure there wasn't water in the oil already?

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Old 11-28-2012, 11:59 PM
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I will never understand why people keep running a vehicle that is running hot, let alone to the point of it shutting down....twice. Obviously if you're down gallons of water there's something seriously wrong.

My advice....don't do that!

I agree. However if your relying on your factory guage to monitor your engine tempeture your already screwed. There nothing more than a idiot guage. I dont think alot of guys even look at them anyways.
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