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 Post subject: Head Gasket Help!
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:12 pm 
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Hey guys,

First post here..... been in the shadows for awhile.

I have a 96 EL Fairmont. Thats started to drink coolant. I fill it to the max mark and within a week its all gone. Ive also noticed that when i started it in the morning it doesnt idle right. Jumps between 800rpm - 1000rpm then it will settle in. I havent been driving it since saturday in fear that ill make it worse.

Took it for a drive tonight just to make sure it would run. Heaps of white smoke/steam comming out.

My thoughts are ive blown a head gasket. Milky in the oil cap but not in the dip stick. Apart from that the valves leak and a new drive belt is in order.

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 Post subject: Re: Head Gasket Help!
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:37 pm 
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What the temperature gauge showing?

 

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 Post subject: Re: Head Gasket Help!
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:48 pm 
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peaandham wrote:
What the temperature gauge showing?


It showed normal. Nothing seemed different about it.
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 Post subject: Re: Head Gasket Help!
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:51 pm 
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it does sound like a head gasket or possable cracked head??
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 Post subject: Re: Head Gasket Help!
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:59 pm 
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Ive noticed coolant leaking down the side of the block but its from under the exhaust manifold.
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 Post subject: Re: Head Gasket Help!
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:07 pm 
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yep its the gasket.. the coolant is leaking though the head gasket and running down the block..
and excessive steam from the exhaust is the coolant seeping into a cyl
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 Post subject: Re: Head Gasket Help!
Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:10 pm 
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TROYMAN wrote:
yep its the gasket.. the coolant is leaking though the head gasket and running down the block..
and excessive steam from the exhaust is the coolant seeping into a cyl


Thanks for your help just wanted to confirm it. Its booked in tomorrow so that will be changed!
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 Post subject: Re: Head Gasket Help!
Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:45 pm 
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Have you checked the engine oil...see if its white/creamy looking??? If so, then coolant is making it into the sump.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Head Gasket Help!
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:54 pm 
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Hey there...thanks for the post, I have the exact same problem with my EL Futura. I fill it up every 4-5 days and it seems to be leaking on the exhaust side about cylinder 4 or 5. Will have to get the gasket changed out as soon as :-)

Lucky at the moment as there is no water in the oil!!
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