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Just replaced head gaskets now it will barely turn over

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Hopefully you dont have a cracked head. Even a trained eye can have dificulty spotting this proplem as it can be very noticeable or a near invisible hairline crack. Its always a good idea to remove the head and take it to a head shop to have it tested before replacing the gasket.

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