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 Post subject: Help leaking from head gasket maybe?
Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 9:43 pm 
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hey guys just wondering if ya could help me out. my car is leaking it looks like green coolent from between head gasket heres a pic.
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 Post subject: Re: Help leaking from head gasket maybe?
Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:04 pm 
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I cant tell if thats coolant going by the picture, but if it's green than yeah, probably is leaking from the headgasket, its quite common to leak coolant on the exhaust side of the engine. I would know, mine is leaking along that side too lol, but i don't want to do the headgasket until i have finished porting my spare head. Mines been leaking very slowly for almost a year now and still going strong, coolant level in the reservoir barely moves so im not bothered by it in the slightest :lol:

Is it showing any other signs of headgasket failure apart from the leak pictured?? i.e coolant and oil mixed (milky coloured engine oil) etc..

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:29 pm 
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KWIKXR wrote:

Is it showing any other signs of headgasket failure apart from the leak pictured?? i.e coolant and oil mixed (milky coloured engine oil) etc..


We call that a strawberry milkshake, when the oil and red coolant mix and makes its way through to the resevoir. Worst when the transmission fluid does it, auto box's love water... :lol:
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Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:35 pm 
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Is it showing any other signs of headgasket failure apart from the leak pictured?? i.e coolant and oil mixed (milky coloured engine oil) etc..


No its not showing any signs havent notice anything different in performance ethier, only just noticed the leak today. also just done oil change along with spark plugs/leads and put a au rocker cover on along with new gasket but that doesnt seem to have anything to do with it.

anyway whats the worst damage do you reakon i could do if i just leave it for another year?

and the coolant is really greasey and thick.

thanks for the quick reply and help :)

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:48 pm 
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and the coolant is really greasey and thick.


that being the coolant on the side of the engine not in the cooling system

 

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 Post subject: Re: Help leaking from head gasket maybe?
Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:56 pm 
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it looks like your head gasket is starting to show signs of a future failure..
as long as its not running hot or mixing coolant with the oil it will be ok at the moment..
its just something to keep an eye on unill you can change it...
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Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 11:16 pm 
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What Troyman said ^^^

It will only get worse, or if you're lucky it will get worse but at a slow rate like mine lol. Mine started off as a small leak by cylinder 2, now its started to weep all along the side of the block, but never overheats, and doesnt show any other signs of gasket failure. Its best to watch it like a hawk, check your coolant and oil level regularly just to make sure.

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:24 pm 
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thanks guys for your help. the car is running sweet no overheating hardley even hits normal it might hit normal on like a 42C day though lol , would it be a good idea to buy a bottle of chemiweld? (dodge it up ina bottle) :)

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:34 pm 
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Personally i wouldn't use the stuff at all, unless of course it's just a temporary measure and you plan on changing the engine later on down the track or something like that. I've heard that chemiweld stuff does work okay for cracked heads and the like but can cause radiator blockages so i'd be careful using that stuff :wink:

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:38 pm 
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yeah i would only use it untill ive saved enough cash to fix it properly just so i dont have to keep refilling the coolant if it gets worse. :)

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:59 pm 
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Whats the rest of the cooling system like????...corosion at the t'stat housing, water pump, welsh plugs, hoses full of rust scale?????

 

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Posted: Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:03 pm 
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Whats the rest of the cooling system like????...corosion at the t'stat housing, water pump, welsh plugs, hoses full of rust scale?????


it has all been replaced about 3 months ago when the thermostathousing cracked.

And also guys my friends want me to ask if i should re-crank the head studs to the original torque.

 

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The head bolts are TTY's.....Torque To Yeild...use once only.....your better off pullin the head, and fix it properly.....it ain't a Model T.

 

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