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Head gasket.. i think

I have water and oil on my heads but none in the oil pan or on the oil dipstick. is this consistent with a head gasket or something else?

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  • peppi25 May 11, 2010

    If you can take the radiator cap off and see if it is blowing bubbles. If it is a closed system with a tank it may be difficult to check that way. Another way to see if you have a gasket problem is to do a compression check. You can buy a compression gauge fairly cheap. Maybe a friend would loan you one. Test one cylinder at a time, write down the results. The readings should be consistent with each other +- 5-8 lbs. You did not say what size motor it has. Also check all water hoses. Put a piece of cardboard under the motor let it run and see if you have a leak. It will show up on the cardboard. Hope this helps



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Yes it is, when you remove the heads have them checked for cracks
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