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Old 12-11-2010, 01:20 AM
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Angry extremely embarrassing mistake

So last night I went to finally do my hpop o-rings and the truck wasn't in the garage (don't have one big enough to fit the truck) and thought I closed the hood when i went to the garage. Turns out I didn't. and I now have snow in my hood compartment which wouldn't be a big deal except my fuel bowl/oil reservoir is out and snow got like on the drive gear that connects the oil pump and down in there. How bad is this and how can i fix it?
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:24 PM
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you are going to get 100 people telling you that I am of my nut here, but here is what you do

Clean as much out as possible. use compressed air if you have it. If not, blow on it, don't worry over being perfect. Put the engine back together, and run it. The trace amount of moisture left, will boil off in no time.

Think about the amount of condensation that occurs within an engine, during periods of extreme cold weather operation. every time it cools, you are introducing an amount of condensation to the crankcase. It simply evaporates and goes out through the CCV.

Quick disclaimer. I work in the snow and cold, anywhere from 6 - 8 months of the year. I see snow get into just about everything. You do what is possible to clean it out, and when you can't make it any cleaner.... you run it. the only place we get super paranoid, is fuel systems, for obvious reasons.

good luck
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:26 PM
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Do what Hwy said
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cool. thanks guys. appreciate it.
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:27 PM
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Ya, the only time you have to worry about it is when you get that moisture in there and let it sit for quite a long time. You'll get a nice amount of rust built up on top of the rockers.
But if you button it all up and run it more than once every few days then you should be more than fine.
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:39 PM
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And if your still worried, change the oil. All will be well.
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:45 PM
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(Ya. Good point. If it were me, I would change the oil sooner than usual)

We have a 379 Pete with a Cummins in it and it sat for 8+ months. When we pulled the valve covers, the condensation and 8 months was enough to get some rust going on the rockers because they weren't getting covered with oil.
So it's not bad to have moisture as long as you run it every so often to keep things circulated. This is IMO=hill o' beans.
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And your hpop awl
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