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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Overheating issue withws6

Thanx to everyone in advance for your help. I have a 97 ws6 and recently my engine overheats fast. I realized that my dash always has the low coolant light and also that my coolant has spilling out trough the reservoir/recovery tank, my oil looks like chocolate milk shake, white smoke out the exhaust. I was told it was a bad head gasket and or cracked head and was givin a price of $1300 to fix it. Is that right and if it is should i just renuild my engine has 110k miles on it.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 04:29 PM
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Coolent in the oil means coolent on the bearings.

You can do what yo want but I rebuilt my 383.

Jus' sayin' ......

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It doesn't take very long for antifreeze to ruin your main, rod, and cam bearings. You are going to have to pull the oil pan and inspect your main, and rod bearings for damage. Antifreeze eats the bearing material so you'll know by looking at them. If main and rod bearings are good or bad, chances are cam bearings are in the same condition.

After inspection you'll know weather a rebuild or just new head gaskets are needed.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 02:27 PM
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that must be a commonality amongst LT1s. I have a formula that is currently having the same issue. I'm not in a hurry to rebuild the engine bc I have another one being built to go in its current location. However, being that I am a newbie to the LT1 any and all info regarding its issues is greatly appreciated
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