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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Got her all warmed up today. Took her around the block a few times just to test suspension. Well, got back home and let it idle for a while (sounding good after being put up all winter getting suspension upgrades).

What did I see, but steam coming out of the passenger side exhaust pipe only and dripping water. Shouldn't be condensation when up to operating temp.

My diagnosis is probably a blown head gasket or a warped head. Am I close?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 10:45 AM
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Randy,

How long did it run? I would suggest putting a good 5 to 10 miles on it then see what you've got.

Another thing to look for is bubbles in the radiator (be careful opening if it is hot!!!)

If you still have the probelm then a compression check would be the next step.

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Yes, bubbles in water and losing water in radiator.

No water in oil though.

Good idea, will do compression check.

Randy
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Apr 1st, 03, 11:55 AM
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A compression check may or may not prove the head gasket is bad. A chem check for combustion gasses in the coolant would be better. Since you will need to pull the plugs to perform the compression check - lay each plug out in order and check them carefully for signs of trouble such as rust and color of the ceramic. Plugs subjected to 'steam cleaning' from a head leak will look very clean sometimes.
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You are close, sorry! Maybe a crack in the head between the intake and exhaust seats. It's gotta be a gasket or a crack.

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If you have a radiator pressure test set, you can hook it up to the radiator.....start the car and look for a steady or pulsing indication on the guage.

Steady= good; pulsing= combustion leak, either head gasket related or crack related......it will tell you either way.
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