Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2000 00:44:23 GMT
From: Rick and Lorie Mieras <>
Subject: Re: Big cloud of smoke, trail of oil....

Hey! do I have leprosy, or did my original post not make it? Rick and Lorie Mieras wrote: > Today on my way home from work, I was cruising down my favorite sharp > corner, full boost, 3rd gear, 120 kliks or so, still accellerating, when > I happened to notice a HUGE cloud of smoke pouring out of my > tailpipe...I cheched guages, oil press OK, temp OK, engine is still > making I decided to try to limp home. In 15 K's of low speed > driving (10 minutes, max) I lost almost all my oil, no coolant visible > in expansion tank, when I arrived home in a massive cloud of smoke, > engine now roughly running on 3 cylinders, car looking like a total > junker. (it's an '87 9000 Turbo) Raising the hood, I observe oil and > antifreeze sprayed liberally all over the place....a real mess. I think > I blew the headgasket, at least I HOPE I blew the headgasket...there is > a hissing noise like a steam engine running whilst the engine idles. > Anyone wanna buy a SAAB? > My question to the group is, anyone here ever change the headgasket > themselves? My dealer is 300 kilometers away, and I am allergic to his > shop rate of $75.00/HR. > Any advise would be appreciated. Cheers, Rick, now driving my wife's '85 > plymouth carravelle....the horror.....

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