I learned yesterday that the temp gauge doesn't change if your water pump goes out on the highway.
my son and I were driving and we started smelling burning oil. seeing as we are semi close to the mexico border, that's not uncommon. we kept going and got off the freeway to get some sweet tea and while we were waiting to turn, we notice the smell is worse and suddenly smoke starts rolling up from under the hood. since we were the lead car in the intersection, when the light turned green, we went like crazy. the gauges were all reading good but the truck was smoking like crazy and seemed to have lost power. I cut the ignition and coasted her into the parking lot as soon as I could.
so we pop the hood and its smoking like crazy from around the front of the engine and under the intake manifold. we notice its also pouring coolant out from the weep hole. what the heck, it was good this past weekend. I pull the dipstick and the oil looks normal and is at a good level, its not low or burned.
the coolant overflow reservoir is dead empty and the cap for the radiator is not hot. I cannot believe it just dumped all the coolant and none of the gauges even moved.
since there was nothing we could do, we went in and got some drinks and a bbq chicken sandwich and I called the wife to bring me some jugs of water from the garage because there was no where that was close enough to walk to and the restaurant didn't have anything to put water in the truck with.
so she gets there after a bit and we go out and the trucks is cooled. luckily we have 20-30mph wind daily so I parked it into the wind when we pulled in to try and cool it faster. we pour in the water and fire her up and she starts like normal. my son and my wife follow me the 4 miles home and tell me that every time I had to stop at a light, it looked like I had a water hose on from under the truck. but the dang gauges still never read hot, or even near 210 for the temp. it read just like normal!
so, hopefully she pulls through. I don't have a lot of faith since its a four cylinder. it really sucks because this truck is perfect for what I needed as a truck. everything I wanted in a good looking package.
so, I guess I will let you guys know this weekend if I get a chance to work on it, what happens. if it ends up the head gasket is gone or something serious the truck will be done because I don't have the money for another engine or to replace or rebuild the head. if its done, all the zq8 stuff will go on my son's s10 and this one will probably go to the crusher because like someone said in a recent post, life is to short to restore rusty trucks.