How To Tell If Your Head Gasket Is Blown




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asustech007: 3.8 liter engine in a 2006 Grand Prix, engine with 180,000 + miles was overheated once from a water pump locking up. The guy who had it changed the pump and belt but the car looses coolant slowly with no signs of leaks in the oil or on the ground, or from the heater core. Constant bubbles come up through the coolant reservoir after engine gets good and hot, a few bubbles when the engine is fairly cool, and no bubbles when the engine is cold. Wouldn't you say he had a bad head gasket... like a very slight crack that gets worse the hotter the engine gets?

DaCalicoKid: You're crazy, but I like you dude. Thanks for the vidz.

Scotty Kilmer: How To Tell If Your Head Gasket Is Blown

krimes213: how much would it take to repair??

than217: I was having a hard time trying to get air to suck up into the tube. But the big fans on the radiator? weren't spinning. What would that mean.

asustech007: Scotty, is the replacement head bolts for a 06 Pontiac grand prix 3.8 liter engine, "torque to yield" bolts? It has cast iron heads, and from what I've understood the TTY bolts stretch when they get torqued down. Would I be screwing up if these bolts are used on this engine? According to parts store they only list one kind of head bolt for this engine but never asked if it had cast iron heads on it or not. The torque specs seem odd, it looks like the specs are for aluminum heads. I can't seem to get a definitive answer from those I've called about it, so I don't know what the deal is.... ?

moos209: Cant you also do a compression test

than217: They told me either my head gasket was blown or that my water pump was leaking. Would this test in the video above get a false positive for a 'blown head gasket' if the water pump was broken?

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adem nacakli: very nice thanks 

Kenny Powers: Would you use K-seal as a solution to fix the head head gasket? Or strip the engine down and fix it properly?

asustech007: Hey Scotty got those head gaskets replaced on that Grand Prix, had to take the heads in though, one of them was warped a little so they both got resurfaced and checked for cracks. It's been nearly a week now and the owner says the car has no problems. So it appears that perhaps one of those heads were actually causing the problem.... where I thought it might have been the head gasket? Either way, sometimes it's hard to tell with the problem this thing had, it was only getting very little air past that gasket, but it doesn't take much anyway to pump a cooling system up with air. Thanks for your help!

cornell Coogler: Hello Scotty i have a 94 firebird.and white smoke only comes from the pipes. When its at high RPMs. And drives fine when under 30 or 40 and the idle is high

John Robinson: Hey scotty, my transmission slips occasionally and my mechanic said I had a blown head gasket so I paid 800 dollars to have it fixed. Does this sound like a good estimate to you?

ipdjbt: Can this test be performed using the coolant expansion tank instead of the radiator?

Cody Ptolemy: So I have a 1990 2200 celica gt and we over heated it once and now when we turn it over a huge amount of water fly's out of the rad cap and the thermostat so as soon as we attempt to turn over its like it builts instant pressure any thoughts?

KavaniLoyan: My car is showing signs of a blown head gasket (using a lot of coolant, white smoke out tail pipes that smells like coolant) so I did this test and it didn't yield any results (test liquid didn't change color at all).

Holly Weimer: I have a 96 Celica (automatic) that accelerates very slowly. I know these cars have a reputation for being slow, but I get passed up like I'm a snail on the freeway. It also runs rough and loudly, and shakes a lot at a stop. A lot of white smoke comes out of the tailpipe when I start it, but goes away when driving. Does that sound like a head gasket issue? It has never overheated though.

David Goodrich: I have a 2002 nissan sentra spec v. Changed my spark plugs then other day and noticed oil leaked into one of the ports and was in the boot and on plug. I also noticed oil buildup around the head when I turned car off. Im guessing head gasket is bad? Am I right? 

Joe Shook: Scotty if you have time, I'm not sure just how many dozens videos I've watched ,but my sons 94ford explorer 4.0 would not start ,it has spark, fuel presure good, plenty of gas, changed every thinkable part, then took to Mechanic he changed fuel filter it ran for one day, began stalling then nothing again, now stopped won't start ,sprayed ether in motor, it went big pow and scared me, so again took it back to mechanic he says he sees antifreeze on spark plugs, I ask him if oil was milk colored, he said he did not look,? so I did, and oil looks clear, i'm thinking the mechanic just does not know, he said it has (internal engine damage) and needs a motor? if you see antifreeze on plugs wouldnt the oil be mixed with water on stick an be white.? 

Dylan Ewing: Hey Scotty, what if my vehicle doesn't have a radiator cap? Can I do this test with the coolant reservoir since I don't have a radiator cap?

Reid Moore: I know this is totally off topic but, if Dr. McCoy on the ORIGINAL Star Trek wasn't a southerner, Scotty Kilmer would be a dead ringer for playing him.. lol

john imburgia: Scotty, Will that work on a Cummins diesel?

Dylan Johnson: 1997 Mitsubishi eclipse, only starts smoking after about 30 minutes of driving. Its not constant smoke, only when I accelerate. It goes away after I get into 2nd or 3rd gear. Any ideas on what it is? Thanks 

Jorge Perez: Hi Scotty I just buy a Mazda CX7 2.3L TURBO Charge and I need to know if I did a good deal if this suv are good or not. and also if is ok to use 87 gasoline or 91 like the book said

Nate LeDuc: I don't think this is 100%. A cracked block would do the same. 

sanBastian123: HI Scotty, I had an overheating engine this weekend. The cap on overflow jug opened. But after pouring coolant and closing jub, a creamy rusty orange yellow gunk came out on the radiator . No oil but rusty butter. Is this a bad sign? I never had to top my coolant. The car is old over 228 K miles. Anything to watch over?

xxkillin3mxx: Where can i get one of those turkey things to suck up the coolant! didnt understand the name

hector olivare: Scotty my 92 accord is blowing a cloud of white smoke I mean a big cloud, it makes a little squeaky noise by the distributor. is that what a blown head gasket sound?

Richard Rembao: I got a 97 honda accord and its heats up within 25mins. I got it a new water pump, new radiator, a thermostat, the fan is stright so it should be less heating up but still does and everytime I got to put water. it dont throw it. but ends up missin.help?

squibblesthehusky: i just replaced a head gasket in a 99 ford escort and its producing white smoke, what should i do?

Charles K. Gearlds: scotty thx for all ur help just recently my son was driving from his description sounded like alternator or belt broke however I went to investigate and it started fine no batt light for first few mins idles perfect but when put in drive it sputter worse than any car I ever saw ?? is this a cam sensor?

Joshua Vozda: if your exhaust is kicking out white smoke, does that you have a blown head gasket?

carlo vincetti: Yeah but how do you tell which head is blown on a 6 cyl?

Tim Chaplin: My ford ranger 2.3 94' has blown head gasket. my catalytic converter is bad so im gonna also swap the entire exhaust system. quick question: the air intake has alot of egr system...the air cleaner has connection to the exhaust. i want to install a cold air intake and a new exhaust system, do you think i could do that without the egr connections? im sure your familiar with the 94' 2.3 and all its egr connections. I am worried about the installing all that stuff neglecting the egr system and confusing my computer? perhaps i can bypass the egr electrical system? any suggestions and help would be greatly apprectiated sir.

lazyjames 15: Why do it from the rad? you can do it from the coolant reservoir as well. Saves mucking around sucking out coolant.

Mark Mason: Hello Scotty. Thank you for your excellent videos and willingness to help with auto problems. I have a 1996 Chevy Blazer LT 4.3 L 4WD. There is oil in my coolant, but there is no coolant in my oil. I used the combustion leak test kit as you recommend (link below) and found no combustion gases in my radiator. This vehicle has engine oil cooling lines attached to the radiator. Is there a way to test if the oil is leaking into the coolant inside the radiator through this oil cooling system? I appreciate your help. Mark.

GUS FUNK: Wtf happened at 2:13 lol

mario villa: He's goofy lol

Paul Dimofte: FIRST PRES ILIKE AND AFTER WATCH THE VIDEO BEACUSE IM SURE IS GREAT !

Chris laberty: Where could I grab one of these kits at?

sonja rutledge: I like you, Scotty! How much does one cost? I mean the tester.

T1mbo: How can you tell whether it's a cracked head/block or a blown head gasket?

Mladen Milić: After replacing head gasket , engine did nost sound right , and rubber exaust mounts caught on fire . Also , I noticed that spark plugs are sooty . I think that fuel injector (car is 1.6 Opel Vectra A , it hah something carb looking with one injector) is puting too much fuel , and mechanic says that I need new cylinder head . 

alex prinzo: I love how happy you sounded when the car revealed it was blown haha! Love your vids man, very helpful!

serius tn: Thank u scotty kilmer I have a wolksvagen touereg 6cylinders gasoline 2004 gasket blown the water of radiator evaporated with the exaust smoke...

spaclqd: no doubt your auto smart, but why the 2 second wait after your video cuts

OlBlueshound: Cool, good little product I reckon, you can also tell if a head gaskets gone by smelling the coolant with the radiator cap off, it smell like "exhaust" gases mixed with coolant! Lol, also, if you rev the motor harder maybe up to just below the red line, under load is best, it usually spits the coolant out big time to the over flow tank, but won't suck back on cool down like it should. It's hard to tell the between a blown head gasket, and a cracked head though!

Eric Easton: Haha, this guy right here!

Damian Dominik: Hello Scott, I have 2000 jeep grand cherokee 4.0l V6 with 185k on it. I have problems with starting engine. Engine start after couple spins around 3-5 seconds. What is interesting that if car stays 2- 3 days or more than start with out any problem . Do you have an idea what can create this problem?. I was thinking about head gasket or valve gasket . I looks like my engine is wet all the time. Additional info :I replaced thermostat gasket to eliminate one leak. Thank you Damian

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