I've got a 99 Express Van 3500 with the 5.7 engine and about 56k on the
Truck has always been maintained well, oil changes, etc.
Using Dexcool Coolant....
Recently while checking fluids and such it was low on coolant, the overflow
was empty and the rad was maybe 1/4 low.....I have never seen any obvious
leaks and the truck never lost coolant before, at least not this fast....
Then I noticed an oily residue on the inside of the radiator cap, not alot,
but it was there and looked like dirty oil....This is also a recent
What do these symptoms suggest to you guys ???
Arrggg....I thought that answer might be comin my way......Wouldn't bother
me so much if it wasn't a van !!!! Anything crazy I should be aware of
I have a service manual and would use Quality parts, but sometimes a little
extra wisdom goes a long way.
Thanks for your responses !!!
Ether buy the pre-mixed coolant, or use distilled water with straight
I find it just easier to use the pre-mixed stuff.
its ok to use die grinder and scotch brite pads to clean the manifold its
because you can wash it when done, but don't use them on the heads.
Of course this is all based on it being an intake manifold leaking. I think
be willing to spend a few dollars to find out for sure. aint no fun on a
Good tip on the premix...I did not know about it although thanks to this
forum I have been using distilled water !
I also get your point about the head cleaning, would not want abrasive crud
About the testing for an intake leak, is this something one could do by his
If so, What is needed and how to do ??
If not, Who would I have do it....Dealer ???
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