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Old 03-06-2014, 17:01   #16
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Re: Engine cranking difficult ...

Here's where your new clamp-on ammeter pays for itself. First measure voltage between the starter terminals(not the wires) when it clunks. Near battery voltage means the solenoid is not pulling in (and a click rather than a clunk). Less than 10v means you may have connection problems or a partial hydrolock. Also clamp the ammeter part around one of the thick wires and measure current during the clunk. It should be between 200 and 400 amps. If its over 400 amps, try turning the engine over by hand to detect a hydrolock.

The water in the oil is not a good sign, especially after the engine has overheated. Pouring cold water into an overheated engine is a very expensive mistake--it can lead to cracked blocks/heads and blown head gaskets. One of the symptoms of these is water in the oil. Another symptom can be water in a cylinder. Another symptom is if you are losing water with no external leak. If fingers point away from the starter and/or you change the oil and find more water it may be time to call in some help.

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Old 03-06-2014, 17:04   #17
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Re: Engine cranking difficult ...

I agree with ontherocks. sneuman, check your anti siphon valve on the cooling water loop, but I'm sure the starting problem is an electrical or mechanical starter condition.

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Get a compression check done ASAP. Sounds like a blown head gasket. Guess how I know.

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