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Did your head gasket fail?

Hi, I posted the torque values to answer your question but I was wondering if your head gasket failed. Recently, I was experiencing the smell of antifreeze for a couple weeks and finally noticed one day my temperature gauge up in the red. I guess I had a slow leak and finally noticed it when the extreme heat affected the a/c performance. Well, I've discovered a coolant leak between cylinder block and head at the left front corner of the engine. I have a 2004 Odyssey EX with 46000 miles on it.

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Yep. Defiantly sounds like you got a blowed head gasket. Probably a warped or cracked head as well. You need to have it pressure tested to find out for sure if it is a head gasket. If it is then you will have to pull the head off send it to a machine shop and have it checked for warpage and or cracks. The 3.5 has 2 heads. Do them both.

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SOURCE: coolant leak at the front of the engine

The water pump is located along the left side of the engine underneath the plastic covers. You coolant leak is most likely a radiator hose.

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SOURCE: I have a 1994 Honda accord ex. It is leaking antifreeze

If your antifreeze is leaking into your engine oil, it will destroy the engine quickly. Check the level of both. need to get a pressure gauge on it to apply pressure to the cooling system to see where the coolant is going first. White smoke is a sign of coolant in the engine oil.

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SOURCE: I need the torque values

The exhaust maniifold to head nuts are 23 ft lbs.

The manifold to exhaust pipe nuts are 40 ft lbs.

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