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Old 08-17-2019, 09:03 PM
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How bad is my Armada engine damaged?

I just got home and had to bum a ride. Vehicle made a noise like underpower with cheap gas having trouble accelerating (values pinging). Notice the service light came on and then saw the vehicle "HOT" gauge was maxed out. Pulled into gas station, looked for steam or singles of issues, checked out. After calling for a tow and was told 90 minutes, waited an hour then opened the radiator cap, no steam, nothing. I put in a lot of water. Didn't see any leaks, but there's a brush guard hiding the under carriage. Turned the key, coolant gauge showed norm. Drove it less than a mile to a repair shop and left it until Monday.
So what can I expect. It has 240,000 miles. Not sure what to do?
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Old 08-17-2019, 09:26 PM
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What year?

Most late models have fail safes that will shut it down before it gets so hot that rings start collapsing, heads or block cracks.
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Old 08-17-2019, 10:24 PM
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I just got home and had to bum a ride. Vehicle made a noise like underpower with cheap gas having trouble accelerating (values pinging). Notice the service light came on and then saw the vehicle "HOT" gauge was maxed out. Pulled into gas station, looked for steam or singles of issues, checked out. After calling for a tow and was told 90 minutes, waited an hour then opened the radiator cap, no steam, nothing. I put in a lot of water. Didn't see any leaks, but there's a brush guard hiding the under carriage. Turned the key, coolant gauge showed norm. Drove it less than a mile to a repair shop and left it until Monday.
So what can I expect. It has 240,000 miles. Not sure what to do?
yikes its an aluminum block. so how long was it overheated?
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Old 08-18-2019, 01:23 PM
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2007, and drove less than 1/2 mile

My best guess is less than 1/2 mile. There was no where to pull over when I saw the light and the gauge, so I milked it to the nearest gas station. I hope the lack of power and hesitation was it going into a safe mode.
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Old 08-18-2019, 02:39 PM
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My best guess is less than 1/2 mile. There was no where to pull over when I saw the light and the gauge, so I milked it to the nearest gas station. I hope the lack of power and hesitation was it going into a safe mode.
You probably did good. I did the same thing with a 2002 Maxima years ago and it went to 238k miles.
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Old 08-20-2019, 05:33 PM
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How did it sound after it cooled down and you filled it back up with water?
Either it runs or it doesn't. Wouldn't sink too much into the repair, since unfortunately the whole vehicle isn't worth what any sort of major work would cost, especially at a shop. $2500-3k out here buys a clean Armada with less miles than yours.
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Old 08-20-2019, 10:17 PM
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New Radiator, $615 fixed the 1st problem

Well got over heating problem fixed. They drove it 16 miles and asked them to look it over since my usual shop does the standard 25 (or more)? inspection, you know all fueled levels, etc.
I drove it home 35 miles, it started having power issues 5 miles from home. Just drove 65 mph and now at 30 mph is having trouble going up little hills. I get in front of my house and it won't back up, no power, rpm revved up 4K and moved slightly. Keep playing with it and got it into the garage. There's fluid under the engine, fluid all over the bottom and the rear end. There's so much I can't tell where it's leaking from. A tow back to town, est. $150 for the shop to look into the new issue. Could it just be a gasket from overheating or more?
Oil level looks o.k. I'll check xmsn in the morning.
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Old 08-21-2019, 02:23 AM
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Well got over heating problem fixed. They drove it 16 miles and asked them to look it over since my usual shop does the standard 25 (or more)? inspection, you know all fueled levels, etc.
I drove it home 35 miles, it started having power issues 5 miles from home. Just drove 65 mph and now at 30 mph is having trouble going up little hills. I get in front of my house and it won't back up, no power, rpm revved up 4K and moved slightly. Keep playing with it and got it into the garage. There's fluid under the engine, fluid all over the bottom and the rear end. There's so much I can't tell where it's leaking from. A tow back to town, est. $150 for the shop to look into the new issue. Could it just be a gasket from overheating or more?
Oil level looks o.k. I'll check xmsn in the morning.
Give it up. Time to go car shopping and
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:20 AM
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is that transmission fluid?
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:27 AM
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Is it low on transmission fluid? Sometimes the trans cooler is integrated into the radiator, and if the car overheats, it can cause enough expansion difference between the two coolers that one cracks. It happened on my 96 Chevy truck when my belt broke and overheated the engine. My radiator cracked because the trans cooler didn't expand as much. Something to check.

Revving up to 4000 rpm and not moving sounds like a transmission issue and not an engine issue. Losing power could be something slipping in the trans or not enough trans fluid in the torque converter.

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