So guys, HELP explain this please......
Update on van progress
Here goes, so, I took advice about not changing the oil or filter before eventual first start and for a month or so now, pondered if I should still change the oil/filter anyway even though my log showed I had approximately 1500 more miles before 5k change at time when parked several years ago. Well, I put that decsion to change or not to change the oil on the backburner for awhile because its been raining alot here, and, money has been tight and so, since I pulled the oil dipstick in January 2018 and saw no indication of milky oil or water or antifreeze and the oil level was fine, I kept on saving my money, researching, asking questions here on this forum and others all, while waiting for warmer, and less rainy weather. (doing repairs, parts swap in the mud is no fun)
And so I waited, patiently, reading all these posts on many topics, until I had all my parts, fluids and tools together, ready and staged for the plan to unfold for my multi-part service on my van, and the long, laundry list of planned repairs, updates such as new: batteries, radiator, thermostat and changing all hoses out, new starter, glow plugs, glow plug wire harness barrel end connectors retrofit, oil and fuel filters, deep coolant flush Block and radiator and upgrade to sca pre-charged fleetguard etc.
Now not that it was bad advice but because I never changed the oil and filter and instead kept buying parts over the last couple months, I never in my life expected what occurred today since the van ran very well before it was parked due to its small radiator leak and glow plugs and starter needing replaced.
By the way, I did get a break in the weather the other day and did go ahead and drained the antifreeze and it still had a little over 4 gallons in the radiator, and it was for the most part a very green color after it settled in the 5 gallon bucket the next day when checked. still havent done the flush, as it started to rain again.
Well it finally stopped raining today and I thought well I'd get out there to the van, throw a tarp down, crawl under the beast and go ahead and change the oil and filter and finish doing the other bullet connectors on the drivers side of the glow plug harness while the oil drained from the pan.
Well, I was pretty sure I didnt have any leaks when it was parked, head gaskets, valve cover gaskets and front and rear main seals and freeze plugs were replaced 4 years ago, and since then, it lived under a carport for a long time and so, wasnt directly in the weather until the last 4 months, so, what happened next freaked me out.
I got the oil buckets underneath, got all my milk jugs and funnel staged, ready to catch the oil and so, I loosened the oil pan bolt and slowly unscrewed it, and then, on the least oil pan drain plug thread, whoosh, out comes a huge stream of............ clear water.
I mean what the heck!? REALLY? YEP......
I'm thinking how in the heck did this clear (not milky or milkshake like at all) water, get into the oil pan other than...... condensation?
Anyone, please explain this. Can that occur in 3 years of sitting? Hood closed, air filter housing on tightly the entire time? So anyway, it (the clear water) keeps on coming, and coming out, no not rusty, not in the least, and no oil...water, almost a gallon of it before the oil finally miraculously appeared, dark black, like it always has been from soot, but not milky, and not mixed together?
And the water, (before the oil) when I put my hand under the flow from the drain hole and smelled it, it smelled like nothing, plain old water and when I rubbed my fingers together, not slick, just plain water, and definitely NOT at ALL, (not in feel, smell or by eyeballing it) like antifreeze, so frick me?
Guys, I stumped. And the worst of it, Im trying to go back to college, in my 50's and need this van to run but now, I now have all this money tied up in parts, money I guess I couId have used to get another used vehicle and junked this one. Man, I'm really upside down on this van now. Really was counting on this working out, and hoping to make progress at get this van back on the road again.
The fact it ran so darned well before and figured that, with new batteries and all the rest of stuff planned, that I could revive my good old faithful van.
Now this happens and Im am REALLY bummed and dont know what to do next?
Some one on another forum said it might be rainwater from my air filter housing or the gasket on my wingnut being not tightly sealed and that somehow water made its way into my intake and another person said just drain the water from the pan, remove the glow plugs to reliev cylider pressure and spray some WD40 or PB Blaster into the glow plug holes to lube the cylinder walls? Then turn the negine over with abreaker bar by hand a few revolutions before starting it with the starter. Is this all sound advice? Is their ANYTHINGelse I can do? Is it worth doing now that I found this new issue. Should I even, still finish the oil and filter change? Or, should I even consider doing any of the other things I was planning and finally got all the parts for, to make this a reliable vehicle?
Or, does this new development mean my engines toast?
IS THIS THE DEATH RATTLE OR IS THERE ANY HOPE AT ALL?
Im baffled at this development? Anyone else ever experienced ANYTHING like this?
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Last edited by 8gitmusik1; 02-24-2019 at 11:39 PM.