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Sweet Smell of Fail

Discussion in 'Toyota Trucks & SUVs' started by Toy4Life, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Jan 22, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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    Toy4Life

    Toy4Life [OP] 668: The Neighbor of the Beast

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    The sweet smell is white exhaust. The fail, I believe, is the headgasket. Bummer.:(
     
  2. Jan 22, 2010 at 2:40 PM
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    oldtacomaguy

    oldtacomaguy four forty four

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    Nothing like the smell of burning anti-freeze.:(
     
  3. Jan 22, 2010 at 2:48 PM
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    Toy4Life

    Toy4Life [OP] 668: The Neighbor of the Beast

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    Yeah...it's not constant yet....but, the old girl's sending me smoke signals. I know the end is near.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    You might want to try some STEEL SEAL. I just used some this week on an old 84 BMW that has a blown head gasket....overheated within 10-15 minutes at idle. I was skeptical, but followed the directions exactly....I'll be darned, but it fixed it! It even stopped a slight water pump leak at the same time.....Don't get me wrong, it was a pain following the directions, but it's a cheep fix and the BMW tech who recommended says he's been using it for years and it fixes blown head gaskets about 85% of the time.

    Don't give up the Taco ghost yet!

    www.SteelSeal.com
     
  5. Jan 22, 2010 at 5:15 PM
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    The tech who recommended STEEL SEAL told me to make sure I removed the thermostat before using the product, the reinstall after problem was cured
     
  6. Jan 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM
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    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, 85% success is not an option or a chance I can afford to take. I will most likely repair this the old fashioned way with greasy hands, bloody knuckles, and some colorful language. And, of course, some new gaskets and seals.

    I'm not a mechanic, but I have done a complete tear down and rebuild on a car engine once before. This will not be an easy project by any means and I am horrified to get started, but I can and will fix this.
     
  7. Feb 7, 2010 at 8:34 PM
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    magikbean562

    magikbean562 once flirted with danger, danger got clingy

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    time to upgrade to a 3.4. how many miles on the current 3.0?
     
  8. Feb 21, 2010 at 3:08 PM
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    122,500 on the 3.0. I'm walking away. I don't think I can manage the hassle of a headgasket or engine swap right now. I don't want this solid sexy bodied 4Runner to rot away in my driveway, so I'm selling. It's depressing, but I don't want to put any more money into this runner.:( For the 1st time in 15 years I'm not going to have a Toyota.
     
  9. Feb 21, 2010 at 3:12 PM
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    cmack Impeach Chris4x4!

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  10. Feb 21, 2010 at 3:26 PM
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    hate to hear it Chad. that runner was turning into a nice ride since you got it.

    ah well......you'll have another yota one of these days.:)
     
  11. Feb 21, 2010 at 3:36 PM
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    Yeah....I'll be sporting a Yota again someday.
     
  12. Feb 21, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    I had a '93 4runner and had the head gasket all done free at the dealer long after the warranty was up toyota had a campain for this like a recall for the v6 and maybe you can get it done if your 4runner never had it done before, worth a shot good luck:)
     
  13. Feb 21, 2010 at 3:53 PM
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    The previous owner said the H.G. was done in 98 under the recall.
     
  14. Feb 21, 2010 at 4:13 PM
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    mws4ua

    mws4ua I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.

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    A sincere good luck to you. I opened this thread b/c the title made me laugh out loud.
     
  15. Feb 23, 2010 at 9:04 AM
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    Appreciate it. If nothing else, I can find a little humor in any situation.:)
     
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