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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-19-2015, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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HELP! Problems after reassembly

I've just replaced water pump & housing o-rings, new copper plugs & silicone wires, new PCV valve & hose, thermostat, valve cover gaskets, and various other small items. But after getting it back together I've run into a few problems. Please help!

1. It won't take all the coolant it should, and I can't get coolant to run out the bleed valve or fill into the upper radiator hose no matter what I try, running or not. I know the bleeder is opening b/c I squeeze the upper hose and air goes in & out of it. Reservoir is full and I can't get any more coolant in. T-stat housing gets hot but hose is not getting coolant flow and radiator is cold. I've done this many times and never run into this. Symptoms point to t-stat stuck shut but it's brand new. Coolant should still trickle thru the bypass and up thru the radiator, shouldn't it?

2. Engine started right up initially and ran smooth after evening out from sitting for a week, but after a minute I turned it off and tried to start again...wouldn't start. Turned over and over but no start until I floored it, it started barely then it died as soon I took my foot off the pedal. Did this a couple times. All vacuum lines are in place and timing was set using cam timing tool. In checking my lines I disconnected fuel pressure regulator vacuum line from plenum and WHAM the rpm's shot up and it sounded SO much healthier, and revved much stronger with hose off. Reconnected and it struggled to keep running. Let it sit for five minutes or so and it started up again, sluggishly but stayed running. Seems like it's not getting enough air. Air filter is good. It had been starting sluggishly for awhile, but I knew the plugs were toast and wires were arcing, and PCV hose was collapsed. Now all of that's been replaced. Any ideas?

I'm taking stuff back apart but advice is much needed! Thanks!
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what silicone wires did you replace?? these engines have coilpacks.

as for the coolant. you can loosen the bleeder squeeze the upper coolant hose, with the hose squeezed, plug the bleeder (you can take the bleeder completely off and use finger) and release the hose. try doing that 5 or 6 times if the pump has air in it it wont pull coolant.
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what silicone wires did you replace?? these engines have coilpacks...
Profile says '97 - has ignition wires.
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Yes I replaced the ignition wires. They are Duralast Gold (from AutoZone) with a high temp *silicone* jacket. They look real nice!

As for the coolant issue, I figured that out. I forgot the car was still up a bit on the jack when I went to add coolant. DUH!!! Once I let it down it, proper flow was restored and I was able to top off and bleed with no problem.

The rough start and poor idle went away too. I had first started the engine with the timing cover and front pulleys off, just to make sure everything looked good before I reinstalled the rest. Here's the issue (I think): I had my charger on the battery so it didn't drain down, but I think this messed with everything electrical. I realized this was a problem when I turned on the parking lights to see the temp gauge and all lights were dim even with the charger on 75A setting.

I also had a vacuum leak, which turned out to be the EGR valve/tube gasket, which was toast. (Thanks to for the hose-in-ear method for tracking down a vacuum leak). I replaced all three EGR tube gaskets and once everything else was back together... * * * drum roll please * * * ... * * * Mike is praying* * * ... * * * here it goes * * * ...started up better than ever! I can't believe how it runs and drives like new -- how would I know, I've never even owned a new car More power and quicker throttle response than I ever remember! I'm simply amazed at myself...just kidding. Truly, I'm amazed and very thankful for all the kind help I've gotten from all of you on this forum. You take your time and share your knowledge helping real people...and their frustrated lonely wives! Thank you ten times over!

Now, bring on 4-8 inches of snow! It's that time of year...Happy Holidays!
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Not bad for 222,447 miles I've nearly driven the distance to the moon. Will I make it back...that is the question.
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