Posted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:33 pm Post subject: head gasket issue?
Alright so the other night it got a little chilly while driving. Went to turn on my heat and noticed that it wasn't working.
First thing I thought was LIM seeing as how that was the problem last time. I just replaced them (with the updated gaskets) last december, and I checked, and I havent lost any coolant (maybe a tiny bit, but it wasn't noticeable to me when I looked at it), and I haven't really noticed any oil/coolant mixture.
So, I figured maybe there was some air trapped in the system. Popped open the radiator cap, ran it until it was hot, and tried to bleed it from the tstat bleeder. Figured everything would be good so I started it back up to test the heat. Still nothing.
Now, I ran the car with the cap off. Noticed a little bit of white smoke (could have been steam since it wasn't very thick) coming out of the radiator. Waited until it was gone and looked inside. BUBBLES...not what I wanted to see. There seemed to be a good amount of air bubbles in the coolant which is why I am thinking headgasket.
I haven't noticed any smoke out of the exhaust, no coolant leaking on the engine bay anywhere or anything like that. Tomorrow I am going to replace the Tstat and to eliminate that as the problem, I'm gonna get a better look at the coolant as well and see whats going on with that.
Just wanted to see if it sounds like a head gasket to everybody else. The bubbles are what scares me lol. It's not a terrible job I'm just mad that it happened so short after doing my other internal gaskets...woulda been nice to not have 2 redo it lol
Do the bubbles smell like exhaust? My radiator smells like pure exhaust, plus its getting caked with major crud right now.
I bought a $30 bottle of head gasket fix and will try it in the next few days. We used it when we bought a 98 Ranger with 240k and a supposed blown head gasket, never had any issues. We flushed the coolant and it looked like it was blowing some white smoke, I guess the flush washed out the repair fibers. We poured in another bottle and the smoke went away. woohoo!
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I didn't really pay attention to a smell, but I'll check that out tomorrow.
If it is a head gasket issue I will probably flush throw in some of that repair stuff for now, and tackle the job over thanksgiving break from school. I just dont have time when I go to class every day and have nothing but a parking lot 2 work in so its def. an at home job lol.
I will update tomorrow. I may order one of those combustion gas tester kits and see if that tests positive just to confirm my suspicions...this could be the perfect time to top swap, or put some ported heads on and turbo lol
thought (could be wrong) but if the head gasket was bad it would be over heating. if its not hot then usually one of three problems one is low coolant or the hcv isnt working where applicable. or clogged core. bubbles isnt really a sign of much unless its overheating and there is a lot. Again I havnt had the pleasure of working on one of these cars so I could be wrong but in my experience in older trucks this is what to look for
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Alright, well There were 2 times when it over heated. I have it tuned for 180* along with a 180* tstat and it was getting to about 220 or so.
It happened twice, both times were in idle though and my hour and a half trip sunday it got to around 200 once and that was about it. Checked the smell, nothing noticeable. I added a little bit more coolant just to top it off and today I will be changing the Tstat...
I'm starting to think maybe I got lucky and had a bad tstat. Now I'll just have 2 watch my coolant and make sure I'm not loosing any.
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