Head gasket repair......1999 v7xc

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Head gasket repair......1999 v7xc

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Well I need to know a cpl things...
First off I have oil in my coolent not a whole lot but enuff to turn a darker green.
No colent in oil... as what I can see now.

I need to know what are the odds of it being a cracked head and not the gasket?

I am thinking when I have it torn apart I can check with this spray that finds cracks.

So my 2 main questions

what kit to get for the head gasket job
What brand
MAHLE....ITM....FELL PRO....BECK ARNLEY

And any recommendations on finding a crack in the engine ..
..what spray kit to buy? iv seen a few.
..is this the best way? I am tearing it down anyways and dont have presure tester. Thanks guys

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Post by abscate »

Let the collective brain chew on this for a week, but in my recollection gaskets outnumber head issues by 50:1 - its a good bet it is just gasket.

Of course, once the head is off, you check it for being true and skim if required.
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Thanks what brand gaskets should I get?

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Post by abscate »

All that labour? OEM Volvo.

It will be about $70 if you have the right one.
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Ok I can not afford to go volvo o.e. so my options are Victor ...or fellpro... Iv seen good result on some forums with these......the ? Is wich one should I get?

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Thats what I just ordered about 3hrs. ago!!!!! Thanks

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One more thing what is the cheapest stuff that works good to inspect for cracks after I get it all torn down?

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Post by erikv11 »

This year has the biscuit oil cooler, or the one in the radiator?

Still I would probably try compression testing the cylinders, some more poking around before disassembly if all you know so far is that there is oil in the coolant. Compression tester is free to rent from most auto parts stores
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