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sdtyler 12/8/2010
1995 Toyota T100 Base 4Cyl2.7L - Engine
What would cause the truck to lose power and the engine die while driving and not be able to start it again ?
The truck has 115,000 miles on it. Fluid levels were okay (per the owner , my grandfather that has owned the truck since 97). I Drove the truck about 40 miles. (the check engine light was on previously) The speed was 70 mph. The truck seemed to me slowing down, I coasted off of the highway, the engine was smoking. Turned the ignition off. The radiator was not hot. The smoke was coming from the engine. I coulld see a small amount of oil around the head gasket, it didn't look new. After opening the radiator ,I was able to add 1gallon of water. The temp guage didn't indicate that it ran hot.The truck never started up again. It will try but not crank up. The mechanic says the heads need to be replaced. does this sound right?
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  • Bill
    Bill 12/8/2010
    You can easily check all fluid levels yourself to be sure it didn't run low on oil. As for the smoking I guess it is possible the head gasket blew, especially if engine oil became too hot or coolant became too hot and your gauge is malfunctioning, although your oil light or oil gauge should have warned you of an oil level condition. Does the engine still crank? If so you can easily check cylinder compression. It could also be a timing belt. Maybe a little more info is needed to diagnose. Did the mechanic check compression and/or do a coolant system pressure test?
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  • J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
    you also said the engine light was on previously ya need to scan for any fault codes and post them on here so we can help you better............thank-you.....................good luck
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    J and K AUTOMOTIVE TOWING AND REPAIR
    Bill 12/9/2010
    I wasn't sure since he said previously
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