Best way to tell if you have a head gasket leaking ?
What is ( or is there) a good way to really tell if you have a bad head gasket in a 3.0 V6 ? no oil in water and no water in oil just smoke and ruff running is there really one thing to tell if its the head or not ? was asked this also the other day from a kid with a 22R motor , Thanks
quite a few ways. some could also mean a cracked block though.
- loss of coolant
- checking oil dispstick seems like its wayyy overfilled (with coolant most likely)
- milkshake like color of oil off of dipstick (hard to tell at times)
- drain oil and check.. this is a good indicator (milkshake)
- white smoke from tail pipe
- overheating engine
Have the smoke but kind of looks a little more blue tint to it but you still get a hint of antifreeze does run ruff and seems to lose a little antifreeze and can't find where it goes oil all looks good not milky and nothing in the radiator , when i got the truck the neck to the radiator was broken off and of course the guy had run it a little like that he had just added water to it i replaced that and took out the tstat ( dealer didn't have one in stock) it gets warm but doesn't boil over but still loses coolent replaced the plenum gasket everything under that looked good just had some oil/carbin build up also replaced the valve cover gaskets since they where leaking and everything looked clean no sign of water . the kid with the 22R smokes really bad but he doesn't lose any coolent but his oil is going someplace so its more then likely not a head gasket there.