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Reduced Engine Power

Postby 04SilverRdBlk [OP] » Oct 24 2011, 7:00pm

So I was driving out of Advanced Auto Parts parking lot and pulled over to tighten my exhaust bolts because I forgot to the day before. All was tight and I started to rev it a bit to make sure I got the popping and gargling sound back, which It did. I then gave it one more rev and noticed it stayed between 5 and 6 rpm for a few seconds and, Reduced Engine Power text started coming up. Turns out she needed engine coolant, fine, poured some in and went on my marry way. Had to speed up and she started bitching, :lol: I then pulled into a parking lot to let her cool off before checking the coolant, again, she wanted more to drink, so I poured more to keep her happy. Drove home and everything was okay, drove to wash her and vacuum her today and she was fine, all is well.

I just wanted to ask when is it a good time to check coolant, if one runs hard and tows a trailer? Is it wise to do an oil change after a situation like this? Does reducing the engine power do more harm than what the manual says? I wont lie, I have not changed/filled the coolant in at least 5 years until now towing a trailer and driving a bit rough with new CAI and exhaust and possibly a tuner/chip later on. I am guessing with the new stuff and towing I should check the coolant a lot sooner than normal?
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Re: Reduced Engine Power

Postby ASTE25 » Oct 24 2011, 8:36pm

You should not be losing coolant. You should check your cooling system for a leak. I would do a drain and flush every 30k miles or 3 years (whichever coms first) with your driving habits.
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Re: Reduced Engine Power

Postby 04SilverRdBlk [OP] » Oct 24 2011, 9:58pm

Well, the coolant has never been checked since 2005 I believe. Doesn't fluid empty overtime? Also, there is no pool anywhere in the driveway or anywhere I park as I am always checking underneath before getting in.
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Re: Reduced Engine Power

Postby ASTE25 » Oct 24 2011, 10:04pm

It should not lose coolant, since the system is a closed type. You could check to weep hole on the water pump, it may be leaking a little there and not enough to make it to the ground before it evaporates from the heat of the engine. You could have the cooling system pressure tested, and that should reveal any leaks that are external by being able to see them. If the system will not hold pressure and you have no external leaks, you can bet you've got an internal coolant leak of some type (Head gasket or something).
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Re: Reduced Engine Power

Postby 04SilverRdBlk [OP] » Oct 24 2011, 10:11pm

What do you mean system will not hold pressure? Like when you open the coolant container and there is no sound of air escaping?
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Re: Reduced Engine Power

Postby ASTE25 » Oct 24 2011, 10:14pm

I mean if it will not hold pressure when you perform a pressure test. You have to have a pressure testing tool. It's kind of like a bicycle tire air pump that attaches to the coolant bottle (where you put in the coolant) and it puts pressure in the system.
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Re: Reduced Engine Power

Postby 04SilverRdBlk [OP] » Oct 24 2011, 10:18pm

Ah, okay. Well then. I will pick up a pressure tester tomorrow afternoon. I figured the coolant was getting evaporated from not being taken care of for so many years and it being put to work. Ty for the advice/help.
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Re: Reduced Engine Power

Postby ASTE25 » Oct 24 2011, 10:23pm

Just to let you know, those testers are rather expensive ($200 or so). I don't know if one of the major parts stores have them as loaners, but it is worth checking with them.
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Re: Reduced Engine Power

Postby 04SilverRdBlk [OP] » Oct 25 2011, 12:31am

Edit Edit: Will let it run like normal and will check the coolant level till Friday. If it gets lower than normal then I will take it in to get it tested/checked.
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Re: Reduced Engine Power

Postby 04SilverRdBlk [OP] » Oct 25 2011, 4:50pm

I forgot to mention ( if it means anything ) that when this problem started, the coolant cap was EXTREMELY easy to open as it took one slight turn. Out of boredom I did some research on Google with coolant loss on the 5.3L and I came across a post where a guy had a bad cap and the coolant kept boiling over into the overflow tube and caused him to fill the coolant every 2 or 3 days. After changing his cap he hasn't had an issue with coolant loss for some thousand miles. So, just out of curiosity, I checked my cap and it's still good and much harder to take off since I've been closing it, myself. It's also more responsive than normal, other than me having to tighten the front left tire since my last brake change. :oops:

Probably means nothing but figured I'd toss that out there.
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