Hello all. Just bought my 93 trooper. It was on CL for cheep and I thought I got a good deal. The ad said it needed a radiator but other then that the car was sound. The guy had 6 years of maitnace history that came with the car that had a long list of thing he had replace over the years. This was everything from belts to both heads. BTW the truck has 183K on the 3.2L (only engine offered?)
Sorry this is a wall of texted but i try to give as many details as i can.
I got the car home and swaped out the radiator. The truck ran fine the day after the swap and showed no signs of heating up past normal temps or any other coolant leaks. (City and freeway driving) I got a call from a friend that his mr2 had broken its timing belt and he asked if i could flat tow him home with my newly fixed rig. Having had no problems for a day and a half of driving after the rad swap I said sure, grabed the tow rope and went to save my friend from the side of the road.
I get there and get hooked up. We get half way there and i notice that the temp is at the up at about the 60% mark of the temp gauge. (normal for the rig is 40%) We had just run up a hill and I had been towing him for about 6 miles at this point so I just thought that it was getting a little worm from towing the rig. I kept an eye on it till we were going around a corner. The temps had stayed put and had not gone above around 60% for the rest of the way till we got near his house. I was watching traffic and making a uphill left turn (across traffic) and was not keeping my eye on the temp as i was more conserend about us not getting hit making the turn.
I look down at the temp gauge after the turn and I was in the red.
I pulled us over right away and turned off the engine that second. I got out of the car and there was steam coming from around the fire wall as well as a hising sound. I was pissed as I had owned the trooper about 72 hours at that point.
Thankfally we were 3 blockes from my buddys house and he said I could just leave the trooper there till we could fix it. The next day we tried to find the problem with the trooper but could not see the source of this new leak. The leak was coming from someplace near the back passenger side of the engine (US spec) With the engine not running there is a steady leak coming from that part of the engine. I can't see the leak at all and am thinking its a core plug or something from the back of the engine. I have jacked up the rig and tried to see it from the bottom but I can't.
Your thoughts on this would be very helpfull. Also if you had a pic of the back and side of the 3.2 engine that would also help.
Thank you for helping with this.
Edit: P.S. I am a mechanic in training and do all my own repair work.