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AM GETTING OVERHEATING PROBLEMS AND CONTINUOUS LOSS OF COOLANT THROUGH EXPANSION BOTTLE. SUSPECT HEAD IS WARPED OR CRACKED. WHAT'S THE NEXT LOGICAL COURSE OF ACTION?
You gotta love a flow chart http://www.ifitjams.com/radiator.htm A pressure test may help you to see where the leak is. Water in a cracked head generally makes the oil look milky. I suspect that you suspect a cracked or warped head because the car has over heated at some time. I hope the flowchart helps. Course of action is to determine where the leak then decide the next step. You can try the "mechanic in a can" solution but these can cause more harm than good in the long term.
Posted on Jan 16, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I think he means that a warped or cracked head can overpressurise the cooling system and blow out the seal (maybe). If the radiator cap is doing it's job, I'd expect to see coolant released there at a lower pressure than the water pump seal. If the radiator is bubbling air, I'd expect a head or head gasket problem as well...hope this helps.
Posted on Sep 13, 2009
Unfortunately, the guy is probably correct. Actually, a head gasket would likely be best case. Depending on where and the severity of the crack(s), oil may only bleed into the coolant system when the engine is hot and the iron / aluminum has expanded. There aren't too many ways for engine oil to find its way into your overflow bottle. The worse news is that your heads and / or block may be cracked between the oil and water passages. This would be MAJOR...
I've heard that Ford is quietly recalling these vans for a different reason. I'd suggest that you check your VIN w/ a local dealer and hope that yours is part of the recall.
Posted on Jan 15, 2011
The year of the vehicle, rusty liquid, and overheating, says your radiator could use a replacement. If it was your water pump, you would have liquid coming out of the water pump itself.
Posted on May 31, 2009
Typically would not overheat until enough coolant was lost. Find out if they mag fluxed the heads, or had it done. A lot of shops rebuild without doing this step as it's expensive. If they got a rebuilt head, again they need to know if it was mag-fluxed.
It's harder to mag flux the block while in the vehicle and assembled.
Posted on Dec 12, 2009
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without knowing much about the particulars of the car I am at first inclined to go with what the computer says. HOWEVER I also happen to know if you have a bad or stuck thermostat not letting the coolant flow correctly it too can trick the computer into a head gasket error code. Most times you can get a new thermostat for less than $15.00 and change it yourself. It's usually 2 bolts. If you change it and still get the same result look at it as cheap insurance and then you'll know someone isn't trying to take advantage of you by telling you it's head gasket when it really isn't. Head gasket job's aren't cheap I would want to make sure before I spent that kind of money.
Posted on Jul 11, 2012
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