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Old 11-04-2013, 10:33 PM
Iowaboy Iowaboy is offline
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Default HeadGasket Possibility, Is it worth fixing?

Hey guys, I think I have what seems to be a headgasket leak, externally on my 1995 dodge 2500 with the 360 with 98,500 miles. The previous owner had a new intake manifold gasket, plenum gasket, valve cover gaskets, exhaust manifold gaskets, new heads, new head bolts, and new headgaskets put on the truck. I have been mysteriously losing coolant, and it wanted to overheat a couple of days. So replaced the radiator hoses, heater core, hoses, thermostat, thermostat gasket and housing, radiator, radiator cap, reservoir. Well, It didn't help my coolant leak. So I crawled up underneath my truck with a light and on the left rear corner and right rear corner, where the heads meet the block, its moist with coolant, and every day there's one or two drops of coolant that drip from front bellhousing of my transmission. There isn't any oil in my coolant, and no coolant in my oil. It doesn't overheat anymore, and there isn't any white smoke. We took the radiator cap off and did the bubble test and it passed that. Does this sound like the headgaskets? Oh and if I bought a combustion leak down tester, would that tell me if I had an external headgasket leak too? How much can I expect too pay a mechanic to get it fixed? I'm not mechanically inclined at all. Can I drive it for a long time without any engine damage? Is it even worth getting fixed? Thanks ahead of time. Truck is very straight and doesn't have anything else wrong with it.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:14 PM
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A compression tester will not identify an external leak. Could be leaking at the intake where it joins to the head and oozing down to where you see it, or an improperly torqued head has resulted in a leak. Worth is in the eye of the beholder. If it were me, I'd say yes, because I can do the work, but for what it may wind up costing you, hard to say.
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:40 AM
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My bet is back left corner of intake is leaking. If you don't use some sealant in the corners of the intake where it meets the heads they drip
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:40 PM
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I would use a radiator pressure test kit and pressurize the radiator to 10psi cold so there is not heat expansion to slow the leak, plus if its cold its easier to see the drip because it will not evaporate.
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