Archive for June 21, 2010

Engine in trouble…again!

Posted in Car stuff on June 21, 2010 by Stanley Carter

Ever since I got my 4AGE block replaced several months back, I’ve been taking that extra care of it, yet, the problem still returns and bugs me now.

Last 2 days, I drove a few miles to Sibu Jaya for the Saberkas Borneo Eco Hash event, on the way up, I’ve noticed that there’s this little rattling noise coming from the right side of the engine, at first I thought it was that loosen screw which I’ve yet to properly dealt with, so I parked my car at a nearby petrol station and got it temporarily tighten using nothing but my bare hands, no tool FTW!

As soon as I continued on the drive, the rattling noise is still apparent, and to my horror, the water temp was already half way past the optimum level, fortunately I reached the destination just in time for me to shut down the engine and let it cool off, not having any spare time to diagnose the problem, I left it at the parking lot and moved on with the hash with my colleagues.

After the exhausted hash, I got back to my Charmant and nervously started up the engine, it runs fine, and off I went.  But the nightmare continues, as the water temp continues to rise I was yet again forced to stop the car at a nearby petrol station, a 15 minutes rest and I started the drive again, but instead of driving straight back home, I drove to my mechanic in need of urgent help.

I arrived at the shop late, and the mech was about to leave, a brief check on the engine and the 1st thing he noticed was that my throttle sensor socket was unplugged.  We plugged it back in, used some cable tie to make sure it won’t get loose again, and surprisingly, the water temp dropped!  This is just down right… WEIRD!

Anywhooooooo… I was still skeptical on my 4AGE’s condition, so yesterday I called up Johnny (he’s still in Sibu, haha!) and we met up at the old airport runway, after a few slow test drives and a more in depth check on the engine, my worst fear was realized, I ain’t gonna say that I’ve f*cked up another 4AGE just yet since I still need to open up the head to know what exactly happened, since my engine is already spitting white smoke, I do fear for the worst, hopefully the damage is minor.

Gonna send my car to the workshop later, I’m eager to find out what actually caused this to happen, there was absolutely no warnings at all! 😡