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Old 01-02-2004, 10:13 PM   #1
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how do you tell if you have blown your engine?

i think i may have blown my engine some how i want to know if there is a way to tell if i have or not. when i start the car and rev it up the engine shakes like crazy and my check engine light is on

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Old 01-02-2004, 10:30 PM   #2
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usually if the engines blow it wont start or run or whatever, but anyways you might be losing compression or bad gas in the fuel system, too much oil in the crankcase, theres quite a few possibilities
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sounds like its missing out since it shaking a lot. could be multiple bad spark plugs or injectors. somehow some of your cylinders aren't firing and that's why its shaking badly.
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what does it sound like. is it makeing any unusual nioses. when mine 'BLEW" both the motor in the max and in my old camry they lost all power and were knocking like a son of a bioch. the camry finaly blew a rod but i didnt let the good ol VE get that far
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pull the code off the ECU
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I dunno about japanese cars, but when the first engine in my truck blew, it was just like the engine was gone..exhaust noise, heavy smoke, and zero power...I was driving down a gravel road and went to turn kinda uphill onto a bridge and tried to accelerate and there was nothing there (smoked the bearings and cracked the block)..the very very used engine that was driven too hard by too many people I put in it after that wasn't that gentle..accelerated from a stop sign and BOOM, rod through the head..snapped 1 of the bolts that held the carb in place, bent the air cleaner hold down bolt, and put a hole through the bottom of the air cleaner when the rod came up and hit the air cleaner..(REALLY glad it stopped there and didn't go through the hood)

If your engine really blows, you WILL know it..in most cases, they wont start at all, or if they do they wont shake, they'll make loud knocking sounds and very soon after a rod will come through the block somwhere..least thats been my experience..
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when i blew the motor in my old car you actually knew that it blew....i threw a rod and the engine seized up and it was knocking until i could stop and shut it off....and the alternator wires had caught fire
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compression test, metal in the oil pan, holes in the engine, anything unusual, another compression test and maybe pull the plugs and see if you can get a look around.
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i think i may have blown my engine some how i want to know if there is a way to tell if i have or not. when i start the car and rev it up the engine shakes like crazy and my check engine light is on thanx
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With the CEL being on sounds more like a faulty sensor. Pull the code(s) as suggested, start ffrom there.
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With the CEL being on sounds more like a faulty sensor. Pull the code(s) as suggested, start ffrom there.

yeah Ive had a few freind that have had stuff like that happen and they thought it was done too, but it was something simple.

what lead up to this? did this just happen one morning or did it get worse.
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what does it sound like. is it makeing any unusual nioses. when mine 'BLEW" both the motor in the max and in my old camry they lost all power and were knocking like a son of a bioch. the camry finaly blew a rod but i didnt let the good ol VE get that far
I had a Celica that had the engine "blow" and it was quite a mess. It threw a rod at about 4k rpm and put a hole in the engine, dropping all four quarts of oil right where the car stopped. It had been knocking pretty bad before that.

Hey Subs, was your Camry an older one with the 2.0L? Prolly the same engine in my Celica.

It sounds like pest is having issues with spark/cylinders. Maybe your timing belt jumped? Is there a lot of oil in there or is it really loose? Could also be your distributor. There are a number of things that caused this. A long time ago, I had a 72 Datsun 510. When I first got it (I was 15) and I went through a puddle. For the rest of the day, it was shaking and running soooo bad. Of course, it had water in the distributor, but I had no idea at the time...
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just checked you cardomain page, you didnt go through any deep puddles with your intake , mabey you did and didnt notice at the time?
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psst. WD40 and PB blaster both displace water. If you pressure wash the car and its not starting, normally you can spray the distributor cap with WD-40 and it will get rid of all the moisture.

trick I learned at school with the steam cleaner.
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ok i found out the problem at 2:30 this morning i had no coolant in the engine and this morning before i went to work i turned it on and it was fine i think i just over heated the engine thanx for all the help
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just a thought, you might want to find out where the coolant went.
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just a thought, you might want to find out where the coolant went.

yeah if it overheated and you didnt notice you may have blown the head gasket. check your dipstick to see if you see antifreeze, Those symptoms dont really sound like over heating, I would go to the mechanic and have them pull the code.
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psst. WD40 and PB blaster both displace water. If you pressure wash the car and its not starting, normally you can spray the distributor cap with WD-40 and it will get rid of all the moisture.

trick I learned at school with the steam cleaner.
true for WD-40.
PB is not really a water displacement thing. it a penetrant lube/chemical.
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PB said it could displace water on the side of the container, I think. I still use WD-40 for it because of habbit and its cheaper (and we have about 4 cans just laying around) lol.

I'm still thinking about spraying some PB Blaster in a styrofoam cup and seeing how long it takes to melt it. (sometimes I'm easily ammused )
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yeah if it overheated and you didnt notice you may have blown the head gasket. check your dipstick to see if you see antifreeze, Those symptoms dont really sound like over heating, I would go to the mechanic and have them pull the code.

I've never heard of an engine shaking from over heating, smoking is another story.
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I was running straight water when I first got my car (had just replaced the tranny and wanted to run it, blah blah blah). I decided to seafoam it, and also just play around (kind of ran it high, after a while I noticed my coolant overflow tank was boiling, my temp needle was 3/4ths of the way to the top.

I wasnt sure if I should have just let it idle to cool down, but I decided I would just shut it off. I forget what the correct way is (i think its idling). Anyway, engines running fine, just a small scare
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