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Symptoms of a dying head gasket?

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Re: Symptoms of a dying head gasket?

Post by theWIFES_S70 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:44 pm

Stay positive! I feel like there's always hope (with a turbo!) especially if you have no signs of sludge in the crankcase or oil in the reservoir...
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Re: Symptoms of a dying head gasket?

Post by erikv11 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:27 am

A head gasket failure can result in leakage in any direction between two or more of the three compartments (combustion, oil, coolant). You definitely don't need to see oil in the coolant, etc.
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Re: Symptoms of a dying head gasket?

Post by rspi » Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:56 am

the65dartguy1 wrote:I have a 2000 V70R that has a strange coolant issue. It keeps on bubbling the coolant out of the reservoir. I replaced the reservoir and the two hoses going to it. Also replaced the main coolant hoses at the same time.
How often are you adding coolant?
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Re: Symptoms of a dying head gasket?

Post by the65dartguy1 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:04 am

Well...test failed. Off to pull the head!

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