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Possible Cracked Head

After replacing Radiator, Water Pump, Thermostat, Starter, Crank Sensor in my 97 Olds. Bravada, I believe that it may have a cracked head. How can you tell ? Iam currently driving without a thermostat and it runs fine. Now that winter is approaching i need heat. What are signs of a Cracked Head and what is the best solution ?

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Stumble or missfire..rough running and weak power under load.... get a compression and leak down test to be sure ...good luck...also a radiator pressure tester can assure you you are not leaching water into something or have external leak

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