Ok, so just to test the t stat, I timed the warm up... it took about twenty minutes. 5 to start climbing 15 to reach peak temp and another 5 to fully open the t stat. I also checked the heater hoses, and while one did feel slightly less warm than the other it was certainly not cool, although i suppose that could just be heat coming off of the engine warming up the outside of the hose.
The hose going into the degass bottle is not stopped up.
If there is a head gasket problem, it's not reacting the way my other car did, a 97 Probe, when it's head gasket went kaput. Though, I am learning that this truck is not like other cars...
The coolant isn't foaming like it was before the flush and the gasket fix crap (which worked wonders on the probe by the way) and I am inclined to think that it was the bars stop leak that the previous owners put in it that was foaming up.
I am still keeping an eye on the coolant levels, but they don't seem to be dropping much so far.
I have noticed that the heat seems to work pretty well when the truck first gets to operating temp, still runs hotter when revving it a bit, but even at idle the heat is working, then, as the heater blows over a period of about ten minutes or so, slowly it seems to get colder, even when running up the RPMs. Still some heat, but nothing like it should be... then if it sits for a minute or two at a stop light it gets to be cold air blowing out.
I don't know the first thing about the vacuum, or how to check it for leaks??? Please forgive my ignorance, I am learning about mechanics out of neccessity. I can take a guitar apart and rebuild it blindfolded, but I am only learning about all of this stuff. It's still a bit of a mystery to me. I am trying to save an abused truck from certain doom.
Last edited by AnthonySHall; 12-24-2009 at 02:47 AM.