Good morning - totally bummed today.
Asking for some feedback from folks who might know:
I have the following symptoms on this truck and wondering it it's likely that my HG is going:
1. the original/black coolant reservoir failed about two weeks ago - at the same time, I started to see thick white and sometimes blue tinted smoke coming out of the exhaust - but only intermittently - when I'd come to a stop sign and then take off - today, it's 27 out and blowing large amounts of smoke both white and with blue-ish tint.
2. Replaced Coolant reservoir with one of the white aftermarket units - refilled with mix of water and antifreeze - after driving short distance, more leaking (large amounts, triggering the coolant light on the dash) and after pulling the cap off, it was definitely pressurized to the point of spewing……..and coolant is all over the place near the reservoir and I have filled it up twice now. Is it possible that the extreme pressure has ruined this new reservoir already?
3. Truck runs really rough since the first signs of a problem………doesn't jump when I punch it - feels really sluggish.
Reading through all of the posts I could find, I think all this is pointing to head gasket issue, but not sure as I am not much of a mechanic and a lot of the theory that many of you folks understand well is a bit beyond my limited knowledge.
If the HG goes, won't I see milky oil on the dipstick?
Also: the truck temp gauge has not passed 1/2 way mark since these symptoms began occurring and I don't think it's running hot - if the HG is going, why would it not run hot? Especially when it's leaking and/or maybe burning coolant?
Heater is working fine and blowing hot - had it on high this morning when I drove the truck around for a few miles then back to check under the hood again.