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Username Post: Water in Oil        (Topic#366006)
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Loc: Maine
Reg: 12-31-20
08-04-21 06:26 AM - Post#2824454    

My 327 into the '54 pick-up is just about ready to fire up, but, as always something has to come up. Took the Mini to NAPA to get some parts & on the way home it starts running real bad! Pulled over to check it out and found the water reservoir empty while the oil dipstick was way over full. No doubt a head gasket, question is, is there any way to clean out the engine without taking it all apart? Can it be flushed to any acceptable level? I know, it's not a Chevy, but Chevy people are smarter!!!


Andy J 
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Age: 69
Loc: east central Mississippi
Reg: 10-29-15
08-04-21 12:16 PM - Post#2824483    
    In response to DucatiRod

This is what I have done before:repair the engine and run it for awhile.Change the oil and filter,fill it with oil and new filter,run it some more,change oil and filter again.Hopefully,what little water is left will emulsify with the oil and be drained out.
You could run it awhile,let it sit for a time so the water will separate and settle to the bottom of the pan,then drain the water out.
I have done this twice,the first method described,and it worked well for me both times.

I'm not familiar with Mini Coopers so I really don't know how this will work for you.All my experience is with small block chevys.

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08-04-21 12:52 PM - Post#2824486    
    In response to DucatiRod

I would think to replace the head gasket one would have to pull the engine apart. Then cleaning would be much easier.

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