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Unread 11-15-2012, 11:47 AM   #16
lucky7
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engine is smoking

so im in afghanistan right now and my wife calls me saying that the jeep (2008 jeep wrangler x 3.8L V6) has overheated and the engine is smoking. the area she described sounded like were the passenger side freeze plug closer to the fire wall is. im wondering (more so hoping) that maybe the plug might have sprung a leak since she has been reporting the anti-freeze levels going down for a while and now its pushing so much out and since its overheating it may be causeing the steam. could this be likely?

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Unread 08-20-2013, 09:30 AM   #17
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so im in afghanistan right now and my wife calls me saying that the jeep (2008 jeep wrangler x 3.8L V6) has overheated and the engine is smoking. the area she described sounded like were the passenger side freeze plug closer to the fire wall is. im wondering (more so hoping) that maybe the plug might have sprung a leak since she has been reporting the anti-freeze levels going down for a while and now its pushing so much out and since its overheating it may be causeing the steam. could this be likely?
i would have her check the dipstick to see if it looks milky. if the oil is grey than its a blown head gasket which is commonly caused by overheating. especially if she drove for a distance with it over heating. if it were a freeze plug leaking that much coolant it would be on the ground around the vehicle most likeley. just some pointers.
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Unread 08-20-2013, 09:32 AM   #18
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I just purshased a 1998 Grand Cherokee with the I6 4.0L wich needs a rear freeze plug replaced, my question is did that expandable plug work for you??? and did you have to drop the exhaust or is there a way to do replace it without droping it?? I have been looking for manuals and they are very hard to find here in the UK.
when you say rear do you mean rear one on the side of the block or at the rear above the tranny bellhousing. if it is the one above the bell housing chances are you would have to remove the trans to even get close enough to remove it. at least i know i would on the wrangler
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