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Last weekend I finished head gasket repairs on my 1993 pickup with a 22-RE engine. I drained about a gallon of water out of the engine crankcase and quite a bit of oil got into the water cooling system too. Now the truck is all back together and running. Even though I have no water in the oil, I continue to get lots of evidence of oil in the water. I have flushed the system over a dozen times and oil still continues to appear in the water. I there any way that the oil can get into the water and not vise versa? Since the overheating, the oil consuption is up too.
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Sounds like you cracked your head. If oil consumption is up and its overheating and u had oil and water mix and the gaskets are new and intalled correctly than it sounds like u need a new head.
 

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One other thing that could've happened is that the guides for the timing chain may have broken. A loose timing chain will eventually rub a groove into the front engine housing and allow oil and water to mix. 22re's are known for this.....
 

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Bill C. said:
One other thing that could've happened is that the guides for the timing chain may have broken. A loose timing chain will eventually rub a groove into the front engine housing and allow oil and water to mix. 22re's are known for this.....
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Evidently this is exactly what happened. During the head-gasket replacement, I replaced the original cheap plastic and broken guides. I did not think to replace the timing cover too. This would have saved me loads of grief. After $900 in repair costs and having been stranded numerous times in spectacular fashion, I got rid of my truck. In fact I donated it. It was worth more as a tax deduction than any other thing I could have done with it. Good thing too; I was considering a gallon of gasoline and a match. Few things in life are more frustrating than a vehicle that strands you. Oh well, cest la vie. Thanks for the responses.
 

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Bill,

Evidently this is exactly what happened. During the head-gasket replacement, I replaced the original cheap plastic and broken guides. I did not think to replace the timing cover too. This would have saved me loads of grief. After $900 in repair costs and having been stranded numerous times in spectacular fashion, I got rid of my truck. In fact I donated it. It was worth more as a tax deduction than any other thing I could have done with it. Good thing too; I was considering a gallon of gasoline and a match. Few things in life are more frustrating than a vehicle that strands you. Oh well, cest la vie. Thanks for the responses.
If you had thought to check the internet for common issues with your truck you would have known what to check along with your head gasket replacement and it would likely still be runnin fine today 9 years later - oh wait you're in mass, well it would be still be runnin in a rusted out frame anyway :)

Before somebody gets on me for replying to an old thread - who cares? I never understood the bog deal. This thread came up in a google search and I was using it for information, the next guy can too - now also with my prudent advice to all owners to be aware of known issues for their vehicle
 
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