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Unread 01-17-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Quick question on overheat/cutoff

Guys - I just walked a mile back to my office after a lunchtime excursion gone wrong. Bottomed out my XJ in a sandy/muddy gulley, had to spin pretty hard backwards to get out.

(It's a 1997 4.0L 4x4 XJ 5 spd)

Didn't think there was a problem, until 12 miles further down the highway, when I went to get off our main road, the engine just cut off! (I think I had popped it into neutral, but cannot recall for sure).

I noticed the temp was just a notch hot after 8 miles or so, so I was keeping a very close eye one it. After I had backed out of the gulley, I noticed some white smoke but assumed it was some of the water from the small creek evaporating. I would have taken the temp gauge more seriously, but again, it was just one "notch" hot - not significantly different than usual.

I had just topped off coolant at the filler cap three days ago, so I know I had plenty. Under the hood, there appears to be a lot of water (or it could be fluid) on the drivers side, front, around where the air filter. I opened this, and as best I can tell the airflow mechanisms are bone dry inside, so I don't think I got any water up there. Steam/smoke is coming off the top of the engine block.

Bottom line - oil looks fine, coolant reservoir is good - but temp gauge was all the way to hot and motor off. My concern is whether I seize my engine. Could this be possible? There is no way it ran all the way at hot for more than 30 or 45 seconds, as I was paying close attention the whole way and never saw it.

It just concerns me that the motor cut off. Any wisdom on this would be deeply appreciated.


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4.0l , cooling system , overheat , xj

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