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Old 04-09-2012, 11:34 PM
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Just Bought 84 Lude. Need Help Please

sup guys, i just a 84 lude 5spd for $550. it has a little over 300k miles on it but it drives like a champ. but i have a few questions:

i dont have a owners manual just to clarify that first.

1.can someone help me out and tell me where to put the coolant? i know i can fill the radiator with it but i cant seem to locate the coolant resevoir.

2. oil drips from underneath the car and you can smell it burn, which to me doesnt seem like a big problem since its only burning since its touching hot parts, but will this cause the engine to overheat? and what would be the cause of this?

other than that its a great car, this is my second car ( im 18 ) and i would love to keep this for as long as possible. so if you can, help me out with some answers :)
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Re: Just Bought 84 Lude. Need Help Please

GO BUY A CHILTONS BOOK!!!!!!!!

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Re: Just Bought 84 Lude. Need Help Please

The coolant reservoir is attatched to the battery tray, in front of the radiator. And oil burning off the exhaust won't make the car overheat.



BTW, dont waste your money on a chilton or haynes, they blow. Download the manual from the resources, SOO much better!

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Re: Just Bought 84 Lude. Need Help Please

Replace your valve cover gasket. Often times oil drips out the front of that and onto the exhaust. If that isn't the source then it's probably coming from everywhere else.

Not saying you don't know what burning oil smells like, but it's also possible you are leaking coolant and that would smell unpleasant burning off, and could lead to overheating.

Ditto on the coolant reservoir. There should be a tube attached directly beneath the radiator cap on the battery side that leads to the reservoir. if it's not there, just get a tube and a jug and make one.
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Re: Just Bought 84 Lude. Need Help Please

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And oil burning off the exhaust won't make the car overheat.
But if it's persistent, you may eventually get a fire. Bailing out of burning cars is not fun (BTDT 2x)...find out what's dripping. If you suspect coolant and nothing's obvious, look at the heater hose connections to the core at the firewall...if the hose are very old, they can rot from the inside and develop pinhole leaks through the outer case.

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BTW, dont waste your money on a chilton or haynes, they blow. Download the manual from the resources, SOO much better!
Or find a 2d gen Helms manual on eBay or at Service Manuals, Owner Manuals, Wiring Diagrams, Service Bulletins - Helm Incorporated -- they're not that expensive these days. The Haynes manual is OK; just tries to cover too much ground (1st-3d gen). The Chilton's manual isn't good for anything other than kindling or the birdcage.

If no one can tell you when the timing belt was last changed, get it done ASAP. The ET2 engine is an interference design -- that means the intake and exhaust valves share space in the cylinder with the piston. If the timing belt breaks, the valve timing shifts, and they try to share that space at the same time...usually doesn't end well.

They're tough cars, though...I love my '92, but I do miss my '84 sometimes.
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Re: Just Bought 84 Lude. Need Help Please

my head gasket just blew out on me the other day while on my way to school. the radiator wont hold any coolant but it doesnt leak when i pour it in so im not sure whats going on. i was thinking about buying a sealant like "steel seal" or something for a quick fix but i may just try to replace it myself..
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Re: Just Bought 84 Lude. Need Help Please

On the rad, look carefully around the neck for hairline cracks in the plastic. Nothing will leak when it's cold, but once the system's warmed up, the crack expands just enough to leak...then the evidence evaporates after you shut off the engine.
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Re: Just Bought 84 Lude. Need Help Please

Those head gasket fixes are super messy and will clog everything. The missing coolant is probably just burning, or goin' straight into your oil with a blown head gasket. I don't think your radiator is leaking. It's mostly metal anyways, haha
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