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Old 03-03-2008, 10:29 AM
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Unhappy Oil Cooler Blown?

I was driving (about 2hrs into a 6hr drive, pulling a light load 1200lbs) Snowstorm, about 30deg f, Engine started to miss and sputter, loss of power, thought that it sounded like a fuel delivery problem, Didn't have a spare fuel filter with me, (dumb) and was using powerservice additive in the recommended ratio. Pulling over to the side of the road the engine quit, Looked everything over and no apparent problems, I had just switched tanks 30miles ago, and still had 1/4 fuel in fwd tank, switched back and truck started, ran another 20 miles,
Truck died, Got it towed in to shop, Shop reported that I was 12qts low on oil, "you have to put oil in these things ya know!" they were very helpful! ,
(This explains the fuel delivery problem)
anyway they said it was fixed even though I protested that there was NO way that truck was 12qts low and no oil leaks......
I picked up the truck and left it running while packing my stuff and checking out of the hotel, 15min later I was getting on the road, No heat though.....
Watching my temp gauge, I could see that it was higher than normal, and climbing.....
Turning around, back to the shop, could smell a coolant leak.
When I popped the hood could see Oil / Coolant mixture had overflowed from coolant res.
My question is this, what are the chances that I did more damage than just blown oil cooler, Shop claimed that the motor was likely to fail completely soon and offered to "take it in trade for 1/2 gas GMC ext cab" I don't think so...
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:04 PM
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Get the oil cooler fixed and you should be good.

Just happened to me a couple of days ago....
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:13 PM
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as long as no coolant got into the oil, then just get it fixed and flush the system out good and you should be on your way. Don't let them scare you into buying a different truck, especially a GMC. I take it your truck is an OBS 7.3?
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