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Old 04-29-2009, 03:05 PM
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Something leaking in my motor (videos)

I was driving and stepped on it to pass the vehicle next to me and my truck seemed like it missed a gear and I lost power. I let go of the accelerator and slowly pulled over. I still had power, so I drove home slowly. When I got home I checked my engine and it looked like it was leaking something. Almost want to say it looks like water.

I don't know much at all about mechanic work, so could someone help me out please! Need to know if I can drive to work tomorrow with it or should I park it and then have it fixed on Friday since I won't be working. The phone was titled sideways, so the video came out sideways.






Sorry if the quality and sound sucks because I used my phone to record two quick videos.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:36 PM
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Thats your A/C buddy... the fluid is ac refrigerant leaking out and a little condensation too.. depending on the temp in your area... is she still blowin cold?? the dealership or just a local jiffy lube shop can fix that. dunno a price though.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:39 PM
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Thanks for the reply. My AC has been acting up. Sometimes it throws out hot air even when I have it for the AC. Other times the AC isn't that cold when it's blowing, but it isn't hot like I mentioned. It takes a while to get cold too. I'm glad that's nothing major then.

I guess I have other problems with losing the power. If it's my tranny going south, then I won't be surprised. Actually can't believe it lasted this long, LOL!
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:44 PM
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well good luck with it... tranny's aint cheap, but you pay for what you get in most cases...
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Thanks, and that is true. I've had this thing chipped since like 20k miles. 70% I'd say were ran on performance, 20% on Tow Safe, and the other 10% ran on stock. I dog the hell out of it all the time, so if it goes it goes. I'd probably get a built tranny if I'm going to spend that much though and get a real custom chip. For now I'll keep on driving till she decides to go.

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Sounds like your refrigerant is a little low. The hissing sound you hear when you shut the truck down is normal. It is the "high side" and "low side" equalizing through the orifice tube. The upside to this is that the A/C system seems to still be working, but I think it needs more refrigerant. The condensation on the lines is also normal.
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Well I was driving today and it did it again. I'm going to change my transmission oil probably this weekend and see if that helps. My brother in Law thinks it's the fan clutch.

also I'm losing antifreeze coolant somehow. He filled it up maybe 3-4 weeks ago and while looking at the engine it was 2 gallons short, so I have a leak somewhere.

Damn fan clutch is like $350-$400. And that isn't even a guarantee it'll fix it. That's a lot of money to me right now, lol. I rather have it be that than the tranny though.
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:57 PM
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yeah man, i'm pretty sure the clutch fan aint gonna make it dog out and change your shift pattern when gettin on it... you'll notice a little bit of drag on the motor, and the temp rising over normal on a hot day in traffic that should be about it. i'd recomend changing that fliud and filter, and look carefully at it, if its dark and smells burnt or there is a good chunk of shavings stuck to the magnet on the bottom of the pan, then its a sure thing somethin in there aint right. you said you dog the hell out of it, so your clutch paks might be goin.. usually what happens after it gets rode hard and put up wet to many times.. especially a stock one.
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I guess this is better news than being the tranny. I'm going to put my chip back on tow safe and see how it runs on that. I'm definitely going to change the fluid this weekend and look at it carefully. If it's the fan clutch, then that's fine, but I dn't want to spend $350-$1k on one and that not even be it, ya know? The good thing is he would change it out for me for free as we (family) help each other out and don't charge.


Another thing he mentioned was that the fan either spun too fast in the motor or after I shut it down it takes too long for it o stop. Maybe that'll make sure sense to you guys.

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