Looks like the gasket might have been kinked before fitting. It also looks
like the head might be eroded where it was leaking. I think I would wipe it on
some fine wet and dry on a surface plate to check that before reassembly.
Gasket sets are a substantial expense, these days - you don't want to be using
two where one would do.
> On 07 August 2018 at 10:04 Larry Colen <l...@red4est.com> wrote:
> Ever since I replaced the motor in my car, I've been having coolant
> issues. There have been some leaky hoses, which were solved, then
> another would start leaking. One only leaked while under pressure, and
> that was a very fine pinhole stream. For the most part there were no
> puddles under the car. There was no CO that showed up in the coolant.
> The compression test results were quite good, with only one cylinder
> being a few pounds higher than the rest. The motor had the after market
> head gaskets, with the exposed bit (which showed they were replacements)
> looking quite clean, as if they had been replaced along with the new
> water pump and timing belt which I found when I took the front cover
> off. A couple weeks ago, I gave up, and ordered the $300 worth of parts
> to replace the head gaskets. Money that I had "saved" when the motor was
> outside of the car and it would have been convenient.
> I got the heads off last night and this morning, and sure enough there
> was signs of exhaust leaking into the water jacket, which would have
> pressurized the coolant and blown it out the overflow tank, just as it
> seemed. The coolant system being basically sealed is why the leak
> didn't show up on the compression test.
> Just to keep it on topic, here are some photos, devoid of artistic
> merit, of the cylinder heads etc. I've got them pretty much cleaned up
> now, so with luck I'll have the car back together sometime tomorrow.
> My whole experience with this car has been a continuing series of
> lessons on how expensive it can be to try to save money on cars, and
> especially car work.
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