I had someone come over to my home tonight to look at a 99 windstar we are
selling. They speak Chinese, so I wasn't able to figure out exactly what
they were saying.
They looked at the tailpipe and the dripping from it. One of them stuck his
fingers in as far as he could and was checking the water. Was he just
checking to see that it was condensation and not engine coolant?
Also, they turned the engine on, and took the oil cap off and put his palm
over the opening. I assume he was checking to see how dirty the oil was. Any
other thoughts about what they were doing here?
Sounds like a reasonable check to me - ethylene glycol from a blown
head gasket would be very noticeable there, and if it went through a
cold catalyst you could probably smell it.
Blowby would be visible or cause pulsing. PCV blocked would not
have a slight vacuum in the crankcase. Hey, if you don't have tools
it's better, and probably more accurate, than reading tea leaves.
Good Chinese food in Ogden UT? Pfft, that's nothing. ;-)
(I'm not psychic, BTW - "tracert 220.127.116.11" )
From what I'm told, if you want a real miracle you try finding good
Mexican food anywhere in Utah or Oregon - I've had relatives and
friends in both. Some places try substituting bread for tortillas,
and the salsa is just ketchup and diced tomatoes that have never been
anywhere near a jalapeno pepper, let alone a tomatillo - scary...
--<< Bruce >>--
The palm over the oil filler hole would be a poor mans way of checking
blow-by. Finger up the tailpipe would be loking for signs of oiling...
pretty useless since catalytic converters have pretty much solved that clue
to engine condition.
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