I have a 1994 GMC Vandura 1500 and the radiator recently froze. It was also low on oil. We managed to thaw the radiator, put in antifreeze, filled the oil. I was able to drive it the next day, all day, and then, the following day we were able to drive it for about 30 miles or so in town. On the way back home, it shut down again. I had the battery tested and replaced. It started fine and I drove it this morning to take my daughter to school. I got back home, it sat for about 4 hours and I had to go back into town. About 2 miles down he road, it shut down again. I'm not sure if we damaged the engine at all during the freeze of the radiator/low oil. It sounds like crap, but I assumed that was due to the muffler being damaged during a tow. Now, I am thinking it may be due to the engine. It does sound like knocking but like I said, I thought it was the muffler, as it did not make any odd noises until after the tow truck driver "dropped" the back of the van on my driveway when he was unloading it from the truck. It was on a roll-back truck and when he was unloading it, it slipped and the rear end of the van hit the pavement. I assumed that was what was causing the noise, as the muffler pipe was then cracked. Any ideas on what could be going on? Could the muffler pipe being cracked cause something to shut down? Could we have blown the engine? There are no check engine lights coming on or any other lights other than my airbag/abs lights which have been on for a long time.
Van engine shuts down after about 2 miles of driving on 1994 GMC Vandura 1500
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It is really hard to make this type of critical determination 'online' so to speak. I would take your van to a good shop and have them drive it and test it to make the final call. Do you ever get any Check Engine/Service Engine Soon lights coming on? that will help to determine what is wrong.
There are not any lights on other than the airbag/abs lights which have been on for a while (months). These are not issues that I am terribly concerned with. No check engine light, no over heating, oil pressure is good, alternator gauge is reading out fine.