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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 05, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Head Gasket??

Hey Everyone,

I need to get your opinion on what is going on here. I pulled the spark plug out of #5 and coolant dripped out but what is confusing is my engine does not have any oil in the coolant or vise versa. This is the only cylinder than is doing this.The motor did not miss and the header is dry other than carbon along with the tailpipe.

Last time I drove it was a around October just around the block. Today I pulled the heads off and did drain the coolant out of the block and this is what I found.


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 29th, 05, 11:02 PM
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Re: Head Gasket??

Were there any "paths" on the head gasket? Make sure you look real close for cracks in the head and/or block. I would have liked to see you run the engine and look into the radiator to see if you had bubbles. too late for that now. You can probably take a sample of your anti freeze to a good shop and they can run a test on the coolant to see if it had combustion by products in it. This is assuming you caugt it in a clean container.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Dec 30th, 05, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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The coolant was clean, no oil what so ever in the block and radiator. I was looking again at the head and guess the only way to be sure it is not cracked is to take it in to a shop and have them check it out to be safe. This fluid came into the cylinder somehow and with everyone's help here I am sure the source will be found.

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Re: Head Gasket??

Have the head shop break the valves down out of the head and pockets,, get them to clean things up and apply dry powder flux, look for tracings of the powder. My guess is that composition gasket was leaking at the steel ring. That is a retorque style gasket. Might want to look at going to Permatorque gasket from Felpro.

My other thought is that your are over have way to a valve job . Why not look at that while you are there.. Maybe even go to thinner gaskets if it will not hurt? Worst case is block. Don't suppose coolant coming from around the studs or head bolts? You apply a sealing compound?

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Have the head shop break the valves down out of the head and pockets,, get them to clean things up and apply dry powder flux, look for tracings of the powder. My guess is that composition gasket was leaking at the steel ring. That is a retorque style gasket. Might want to look at going to Permatorque gasket from Felpro.

My other thought is that your are over have way to a valve job . Why not look at that while you are there.. Maybe even go to thinner gaskets if it will not hurt? Worst case is block. Don't suppose coolant coming from around the studs or head bolts? You apply a sealing compound?
How do you know it is a re-torque style gasket? Is that the GM gasket? I am feeling nervous about re-torquing mine.

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