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Help with 2002 Dakota

From : stryped

Q: sorry for another question but things just seem to keep happening my brother has a 2002 dodge dakota truck with a v6. 150000 miles. he took it to midas and had a new heater core coolant flush etc a month ago. spent about 700 bucks. anyway he was driving it and it overheated and began blowing out clouds of white smoke. he took it to midas. they said it would be a 3-4 hour job at 70 bucks an hour to take it apart and find out what is wrong. since my brother mentioned to them that he was wanting a new vehicle anyway they offered to buy it as is for 275.00. when my mother told me i called the mechanic at midas. he said it was billowing smoke so much they had to open the bay doors. think he said they did a pressure test and it was not holding pressure and it was leaking coolant internally. i got a call from my mom last night saying that if i wanted the truck i could just have it. if not they were going to sell it to the guy at midas. what are the odds this is just a head gasket and not a cracked block or head i have replaced heads before but it was a long time ago. would this be worth me takign and trying to fix to sell it or am i asking for a headache .

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From : roy

sorry for another question but things just seem to keep happening my brother has a 2002 dodge dakota truck with a v6. 150000 miles. he took it to midas and had a new heater core coolant flush etc a month ago. spent about 700 bucks. anyway he was driving it and it overheated and began blowing out clouds of white smoke. he took it to midas. they said it would be a 3-4 hour job at 70 bucks an hour to take it apart and find out what is wrong. since my brother mentioned to them that he was wanting a new vehicle anyway they offered to buy it as is for 275.00. when my mother told me i called the mechanic at midas. he said it was billowing smoke so much they had to open the bay doors. think he said they did a pressure test and it was not holding pressure and it was leaking coolant internally. i got a call from my mom last night saying that if i wanted the truck i could just have it. if not they were going to sell it to the guy at midas. what are the odds this is just a head gasket and not a cracked block or head i have replaced heads before but it was a long time ago. would this be worth me takign and trying to fix to sell it or am i asking for a headache if he drove it far with a overheating condition he may very well have cooked it. billowing a bunch of smoke and or dumping coolant into the oil ....... at 150k on it id sorta look at the rest of the truck and if worthwhile start to look for a low mileage engine. in any event id get some diagnosis done not at midas. .

From : mac davis

on fri 12 dec 2008 052922 -0800 pst stryped dgilbert@nascospg.com wrote although ive had good experiences with midas in the past id have to wonder if they might have screwed something up... how long/many miles between the work being completed and the overheating logic tells me that if i spent $700 to have that work done to the cooling system and it overheated id want to know why.. sorry for another question but things just seem to keep happening my brother has a 2002 dodge dakota truck with a v6. 150000 miles. he took it to midas and had a new heater core coolant flush etc a month ago. spent about 700 bucks. anyway he was driving it and it overheated and began blowing out clouds of white smoke. he took it to midas. they said it would be a 3-4 hour job at 70 bucks an hour to take it apart and find out what is wrong. since my brother mentioned to them that he was wanting a new vehicle anyway they offered to buy it as is for 275.00. when my mother told me i called the mechanic at midas. he said it was billowing smoke so much they had to open the bay doors. think he said they did a pressure test and it was not holding pressure and it was leaking coolant internally. i got a call from my mom last night saying that if i wanted the truck i could just have it. if not they were going to sell it to the guy at midas. what are the odds this is just a head gasket and not a cracked block or head i have replaced heads before but it was a long time ago. would this be worth me takign and trying to fix to sell it or am i asking for a headache mac please remove splinters before emailing .

From : stryped

on dec 12 948=a0am mac davis m...@davisbajasplinters.com wrote on fri 12 dec 2008 052922 -0800 pst stryped dgilb...@nascospg.com= wrote although ive had good experiences with midas in the past id have to wo= nder if they might have screwed something up... how long/many miles between the work being completed and the overheating logic tells me that if i spent $700 to have that work done to the cooling= system and it overheated id want to know why.. sorry for another question but things just seem to keep happening my brother has a 2002 dodge dakota truck with a v6. 150000 miles. he took it to midas and had a new heater core coolant flush etc a month ago. spent about 700 bucks. anyway he was driving it and it overheated and began blowing out clouds of white smoke. he took it to midas. they said it would be a 3-4 hour job at 70 bucks an hour to take it apart and find out what is wrong. since my brother mentioned to them that he was wanting a new vehicle anyway they offered to buy it as is for 275.00. when my mother told me i called the mechanic at midas. he said it was billowing smoke so much they had to open the bay doors. =a0think he said they did a pressure test and it was not holding pressure and it was leaking coolant internally. i got a call from my mom last night saying that if i wanted the truck i could just have it. if not they were going to sell it to the guy at midas. what are the odds this is just a head gasket and not a cracked block or head i have replaced heads before but it was a long time ago. would this be worth me takign and trying to fix to sell it or am i asking for a headache mac please remove splinters before emailing- hide quoted text - - show quoted text - well my brother is bringing the truck to me today. after the holidays i will take the heads off and see what is goign on. i fugure worst case scenario i can haul it to the junk yard but it is a nice looking truck. i found out it is a 2000 not an 02 and has about 160000 miles. i have never done a head gasket on a car before. it is usually obviosu when takign the head off if it is the head gasket i guess parts of the gasket woudl be missing my brother said it keept being low on coolant and he kept putting coolant in. it overheated on him and the dash light came on and he immediately stopped and parked it across form midas. the next morngi he started it to drive it over there and that is when he noticed alot of smoke. he said it had been runnign fine but that for several weeks there seemed to be hesitation with the engine. .