been having some problems with my car about 2 years now. Today while checking my plugs (really fouled up), I noticed my coolant reservoir is between full and empty levels.... my oil levels, hmm not sure here maybe I'm going crazy, but I think it increased since the last oil change 3 weeks ago
I can't believe I'm saying this about a Toyota, but I think I will get rid of it soon
Can someone please diagnose these symptoms, the car is not running 100%, lost the top end it used to have
1 how can I check if I'm loosing coolant
2 why gas smell in oil <~ when I last changed oil, it looked ok, I mean I would see streaks of gasoline in it right?
3 what have I done to my car????:
Last edited by titaniumsilver; 11-03-2011 at 12:48 PM.
geez, I only have 23000 miles on the clock, never punished, except wot acceleration on the highway.....
and then with a head gasket you get white exhaust, mine looks ok, only white under wot
Give some of the better experienced guys a chance to chime in and hopefully it's a quick diagnosis and easy fix. I blew mine in a diesel car over 15 years ago and if I recall correctly the symptoms were pretty similar to yours. I think it all depends on exactly where the breach in the gasket occurs. I remember thinking -- wow, how did I get more oil than I put in, and then the symptoms got worse and worse. After the symptoms progressed (white smoke, coolant drop, etc.) I finally realized something was really wrong while sitting at a stoplight and wondering why water was shooting into the intersection. Apparently, my head gasket breach expanded and was pressurizing the coolant system and the water I saw was shooting out of my coolant resivoir. I only mention this because if I had brought this into the shop sooner it could have all been fixed with a new gasket. I kept going and caused a lot more costly damage. Again, hopefully some others will chime-in with some more current and experienced advice
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Bad injectors would be my first guess. To diagnose you would need a compression test.
23k go to the dealer and drop it off. Do not touch the motor. Heck I would put the stock plugs back in b4 you go to the dealer.
If your losing coolant, any shop can pressure test your system to see if there is a leak and where it's going.
You shouldn't have any white smoke (at any throttle position) once the exhaust system has heated up enough to burn off any condensation.
If your oil level is going up and your oil smells of gasoline you may have a sticking fuel injector. You won't see gasoline in your oil, it mixes well and some of it (the lighter hydrocarbon chains) 'boil' off to some degree once the oil temp is high enough. As it boils off, the 'fumes' are burned in the engine via the crankcase ventilation system.
You can send off an oil sample and have it tested and they will tell you what's in your oil.
A.) How many spark plugs did you check?
B.) Did you take pics of them?
C.) Describe "really fouled up"?
D.) Do you drive a lot of short trips (1-2 miles)?
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