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get a compression test. (same with all engines, with bad head gasket, you may see 2 cylinders real low. and classic reason.
the leak down on rad works too.
as does the blue/green dye test on same.
there are 3 tests,
YOU NEED TO START BY PRESSURE TESTING THE COOLING SYSTEM. YOU CAN GET A TOOL LOAN AT ADVANCED AUTO PARTS.LOWER INTAKE LEAK WILL SHOW UP THIS WAY YOU CAN ELIMANATE IT ,THEN YOUR PROBABLY HAVE ACRACKED CYLINDER HEAD OR ABLOWN HEADGASKET
Either there is still air in the cooling system or you are correct that the headgasket has failed.
Running with the cap of for at least 20 minutes should clear the air out of the cooling system. If it continues to bubble after that than the bubbles are likely combustion gases sneaking by the head gasket.
Let run it with the cap on and let it start pushing coolant into the overflow. Shut it down and smell the coolant reservoir. If it smells like exhaust it is the head gasket.
you can check the crysler website for any recall
debris on the outside of the cyl. won't do it but
before you sign the death certificate you can
try turning the engine back + forth with 1/2" or
3/4" drive socket + breaker bar and try to see
or hear where it has bound up also remove the
belt I've seen frozen a/c compreser or ps pump
give the same symtems hope this helps
check all fuse and relay pertaining to the ignition system, make sure all hose are good and the radiator is good, check that thermostat, make sure the fan are working. for the head gasket, check for oil and water mixture in the dipstick
your best bet would be to go to a local parts store and purchase a Haynes manual for your specific vehicle, this will give you step by step instructions as well as all the required torque specs. The Haynes manuals are around $ 25.00 canadian. hope this helps you.
Yes, driving around with a blown headgasket is BADDDD....
If you've never replaced a headgasket before then I would suggest that you not try it without proper supervision and help.
On a v8 when you replace one headgasket you replace the other as well.
The gasket kit comes as a set of 2 headgaskets and all other gaskets
and o-rings that will need to be replaced. You will need an array of
tools to accomplish the mission - some hand tools and some specialty
tools for dismantling the cylinder head.
I'm really not trying to scare you off but this is NO SMALL JOB. It
will require patience and it will require tools and prior knowledge -
so get the HAYNES RePAIR manual for the car and read up if you decide
to go for it. I did the headgastets on my Acura Legend v6 - and what
should have taken 30 hours start to finish took about 55.
Good Luck and Happy Motoring!!!!!!!