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| Originally posted by greennvmachine@Aug 21 2004, 01:57 PM |
i'm sure you'd notice, but there is a possibility that youve blown you head gasket, are you losing any oil? or do you see any oily substances in you coolant, if so "here's your sign"
| Originally posted by 97alpineM3@Aug 21 2004, 07:09 PM |
Ok.. There are a few ways to tell if you've blown a head gasket... ( I HAVE ) Not in my M.. but an older car non the less...
First method.. and probably the best mothod.. is to do a compression check... You can go to most parts stores.. and pick up a compression devices.. for a minimal amount of money... What it does is... you disconnect the fuel pump relay.. and take your spark plugs out... (all of them).. and then you get someone to screw in the compression checker.. (it screws into where the spark plug would go).. and then you sit in your car.. and turn the car over... (it wont start.. .no spark plugs.. but it will turn due to the starter..).. but turn it over about 3 or 4 times... and you will get a compression reading from the gauge for each cylinder. The compression should check within 10 percent of the lowest.. or highest number.. for all of your cylinders.... That is the most accurate way to check if you have a compression leak.. which is caused by a head gasket failure.
Next.. is not a good way to check.. but you may run into this in the future.. and its a good method of knowing whats wrong with your car...
When you drain your oil from your car durring an oil change.. you should watch your oil.. and make sure it doesnt change color as it drains from your car... a good way to tell that you have a head gasket failure.. is the coolant will mix with your oil.. and when you drain your oil.. you will be able to see a discoloration about the oil... I think it will look like an off whiteish milky color against the black/brown oil. Its very obvious.
The first is one of the first steps anyone does when thinking their head gasket has blown..
But like I just posted above... it is natural for your coolant to drop when you warm your car up.
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